April 19, 2013 |
From a leafy campus in Bethesda, officials at Howard Hughes Medical Institute are trying to do their part to build the next generation of American scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The institute, funded by a $16.1 billion endowment, has been funneling millions into science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, including an expansion of a program meant to train STEM teachers. In March, the institute committed $22.5 million over five years — via the National Math and Science Initiative...
November 9, 2012 |
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., the only openly atheist member of Congress, lost his race for another term on Tuesday (Nov. 6). But secularists will not remain unrepresented in the Capitol. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, a former Arizona state senator who was raised Mormon and is a bisexual, has narrowly won her pitch for a House seat by 2,000 votes. "We are sad to see Pete Stark go," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, which gave Stark its Humanist of the...
November 9, 2012 |
Steve Spangler has seen how math and science seem like magic ever since he was a kid. It helped that his dad, who was a scientist and a magician, would show how both magic and science worked together at home. Now that Spang ler is an adult, it's his turn to help kids understand the magic in science. "We're trying to get kids to think, to wonder, discover, to explore and to ask questions," said Spangler, 45. Spangler began as a science teacher in Colorado and is now a science celebrity making...
July 27, 2012
I was so disappointed when I picked up my Post on July 24 to find day-old football news [" NCAA punishes Penn State football "] and color photos of an accused madman [" Shooting suspect seems listless at first court hearing "]. Onetime astronaut Sally Ride [front page, July 24] is an American hero. The Post passed on a tremendous opportunity to properly honor this woman who made significant contributions to science and science education, not to mention the effect she had on young girls who finally had...
July 7, 2012 |
Michelle Amaral wanted to be a brain scientist to help cure diseases. She planned a traditional academic science career: PhD, university professorship and, eventually, her own lab. But three years after earning a doctorate in neuroscience, she gave up trying to find a permanent job in her field. Dropping her dream, she took an administrative position at her university, experiencing firsthand an economic reality that, at first look, is counterintuitive: There are too many laboratory scientists for too few jobs.
May 15, 2012
Lloyd K. Johnson, a retired science education expert at the old Health, Education and Welfare Department, died April 30 at his home in Springfield. He was 93. He had congestive heart failure, said his son Peter Johnson. Dr. Johnson joined the Health, Education and Welfare Department in 1961. He specialized in science education and collaborated with schools and state governments to strengthen teaching standards for science and mathematics. He retired in 1980. Lloyd Kenneth Johnson was a native of...