Monthly Archives: September 2011

Texas to low-enrollment physics programs: raise graduation rates or close

Nature has a report on a meeting between Texas higher ed officials and a delegation from the American Physical Society: Members of the American Physical Society requested yesterday’s meeting with the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) after announcements in … Continue reading

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President Obama on Orlando’s WESH: nation must revamp its education system, improve its infrastructure and invest in science and technology

From a post on the Orlando Sentinel TV blog, on an interview by WESH anchor Jim Payne with the President: In the interview, Payne talked about his two sons, ages 19 and 23. The WESH anchor revealed that his older … Continue reading

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FSU’s “Flying Circus of Physics” outreach event this Saturday

Learn about it here.  

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News Service of Florida: Florida universities under pressure to produce more STEM degrees

Lilly Rockwell, the education reporter for the News Service of Florida, explored the obstacles facing the drive to increase the production of STEM degrees at Florida’s public universities (here’s a link to the story at the WCTV web site). The … Continue reading

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Science and Engineering Readiness Index reaches public relations milestone

The Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI), formulated by AIP’s Susan White and FSU’s Paul Cottle to focus the public’s attention on the importance of high school courses in calculus and physics, achieved one more milestone this week when the … Continue reading

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Twenty states named “lead partners” in writing of “Next Generation Science Standards”; Florida not among them

h/t Curriculum Matters Achieve, Inc. has named 20 state partners for the writing of the “Next Generation Science Standards”, which will be based on the “Framework” released earlier by the National Research Council. The list of “Lead State Partners” does … Continue reading

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Next Florida Senate President focuses on STEM education

From a blog post by Palm Beach Post political reporter John Kennedy, reporting on the selection of Niceville Republican Don Gaetz to be the next President of the Florida Senate: [Gaetz] vowed to bolster the state’s political ethics, make education meet the … Continue reading

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Florida TaxWatch: Expand STEM programs

Included in the report of the Florida TaxWatch Government Cost Savings Task Force is a three-page section (starting on page 178) on improving STEM education the secondary and postsecondary levels.  The report was released last Thursday. The bottom line is … Continue reading

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Space industry exec at Destin meeting: “you’ve got to have world-class public education in this region and a real strong concentration on STEM”

The Northwest Florida Daily News reported on a Destin meeting of the Aerospace Alliance, an industry group representing Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. The story quoted David Trent, the site director for Airbus Americas Engineering in Mobile: “The question is … Continue reading

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One week later: SUS leaders prepare to join FSU President’s effort for a “Better Than Texas” alternative plan

Denise Balona reports in the Orlando Sentinel.

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