Monthly Archives: August 2011

Economic salvation by manufacturing: the nexus of scientists, engineers and a mathematically competent workforce

The President of MIT, Susan Hockfield, described the components needed for a successful manufacturing renaissance in the US in an op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times. Advertisements

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LA Times: Splinter Catholic group says Galileo really was wrong – the Earth is at the center of the universe

Florida Citizens for Science Jonathan Smith shared this nugget: The Los Angeles Times reported on a splinter Catholic group that continues to argue for a geocentric universe.  The group held a conference last fall near the Notre Dame campus in … Continue reading

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Google chief: UK must change culture to support science education and technology

From The Independent: The executive chairman of Google has lambasted Britain as a society that favours “luvvies” over “boffins” and warned that unless it takes action to support science in education and business “the UK will continue to be where … Continue reading

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Only 21% of Iowa Republicans believe in global warming, 35% in evolution

NY Times columnist, Princeton economic professor and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman mentioned in this morning’s column a survey by Public Policy Polling that shows that only 21% of Iowa Republicans believe in global warming and only 35% in evolution. Of … Continue reading

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Florida House Education Committee Chair on Scott-proposed higher ed reforms: Not so fast!

Florida House of Representatives Education Committee Chair Bill Proctor, himself the Chancellor of Flagler College and a close associate of former FSU President T.K. Wetherell, threw some cold water on Governor Scott’s parade toward some of the more radical changes … Continue reading

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An attack on the Common Core math standards in the NY Times

The Boston Herald and Silicon Valley technology executive Ze’ev Wurman say that the NRC K-12 Science Framework is too dumbed-down. Now a math educator and an Ivy League math professor (emeritus) are saying in the New York Times that the … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel: Governor Scott wants huge bonuses for professors who score well on student evaluations

From Denise Balona’s story in this morning’s Sentinel: Gov. Rick Scott is exploring dramatic higher-education reforms that are similar to those already under way in Florida’s public school districts… Instructors would get annual bonuses as high as $10,000 a class … Continue reading

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