Monthly Archives: January 2018

Florida must prepare its children to compete for leadership roles in our technological economy – a response to an Orlando Sentinel op-ed

Anyone who cares about the economic future of Florida’s children should take a serious look at this morning’s Orlando Sentinel op-ed on the nation’s H1-B visa policy by YuKong Zhao. This is the core of Zhao’s argument for expanding the H1-B visa … Continue reading

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Parents: Student engagement is one reason why you should choose FSU over UF for science, engineering and health fields.

During the next few months, a few thousand fortunate high school seniors and their parents will be deciding whether to attend Florida State University or the University of Florida to prepare for careers in science, engineering or health professions. While … Continue reading

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Are you a Catholic scientist in Florida? Perhaps some of this will seem familiar.

During a recent session of my small Catholic Bible study group, a newcomer bragged about the “evolutionist” he had shouted down at work. In the preceding months, everybody else in the group had accepted my profession as a physics professor … Continue reading

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A letter to Polk School Board member Billy Townsend: What do high school students have to gain from having a strong science and math background, and how do we steer them into it?

I had a very interesting Twitter exchange with Polk School Board member Billy Townsend today.  He asked lots of good questions, and it was clear that trying to respond on Twitter would not work.  In fact, what’s really required to … Continue reading

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Report: To improve middle school math performance, Florida should take math more seriously

After Florida’s middle school students performed poorly on the 2015 NAEP math exam, the 2017 legislature authorized a study to examine what the states with the highest performing middle school students were doing differently from Florida. That report has now … Continue reading

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FSU’s Panama City campus approves a new bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering to feed the region’s growing technological sector – but the announcement left out a very important piece.

Last week, the FSU Board of Trustees approved a new bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering at the Panama City campus.  As the Panama City News-Herald reported, the program is intended to provide engineers needed for growth at Eastern Shipbuilding, GKN Aerospace … Continue reading

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Like Senator Passidomo, I’m worried about the shortage of K-12 computer science teachers. I’m also worried about the shortages of teachers of Spanish, science, math, English…

Kathleen Passidomo is worried about the shortage of K-12 computer science teachers in Florida.  Passidomo is also chair of the Florida Senate’s PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee.  So when she decided to write a bill addressing the shortage of computer science teachers, … Continue reading

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