Monthly Archives: April 2012

UTeach in Florida: Good news and bad news

The highly visible UTeach math and science teacher education movement has some good news in Florida:  The Florida Institute of Technology will be starting a UTeach replication site with Florida’s Race to the Top dollars.  The institution has been aggressive … Continue reading

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Republican Congressman driven from Yale Physics Department by lecture-only course

From Jeffrey Mervis’ blog ScienceInsider: A senior Republican legislator unwittingly became a poster child yesterday for one of the Obama Administration’s key initiatives to improve science education. “In high school, I had won the Bausch & Lomb science award, and … Continue reading

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Governor Scott vetoes FSU/UF tuition bill, and initiates parallel comprehensive reviews of the State University System

Governor Scott today vetoed the “preeminence” bill that would have allowed FSU and UF to raise tuition to “market” rates. You can read the Tampa Bay Times article on the veto here. But what will happen next is laid out in … Continue reading

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British A-levels controversy: Math being deemphasized in exams on physics and other subjects

From The Telegraph: Researchers warned that qualifications in subjects such as the sciences, economics, business studies and computing were failing to prepare teenagers for the demands of university or the workplace. In a report, it was claimed that maths was a … Continue reading

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UF reverses computer science “consolidation” plan

According to the Gainesville Sun, UF has reversed its decision to do away with the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering after an admirably successful public effort by advocates for the department. However, it’s likely the core issue … Continue reading

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Release of first draft of national science standards imminent

I learned at a meeting last week that the release of the first draft of the “Next Generation Science Standards” – the new national science standards being developed by Achieve on the basis of the NRC’s K-12 Science Framework – … Continue reading

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With Saturday deadline for UF/FSU tuition bill, Governor Scott still hasn’t made up his mind

In fact, a Gainesville Sun article on the Governor’s question-and-answer session with reporters today quotes Governor Scott saying, “I have drafts of both sides — a veto letter and an approval letter.”

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Associated Press: 50% of new college graduates either unemployed or underemployed

As published in the Boston Herald: A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge. …While there’s strong demand in science, education and health … Continue reading

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Florida Polytechnic is born

Like it or not, Governor Scott signed the legislation creating Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.  Here’s the report from the Tampa Bay Times.

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UAH Physics Department Chair: High salaries for new physics bachelors cause difficulties in recruiting for graduate school

From the Wall Street Journal’s “Real Time Economics” blog, in a post titled “Key Reason for Wage Inequality is Education“: Gary Zank, the head of the physics department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, says there’s so much demand for promising graduate students … Continue reading

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