Science Advances — new OA journal from AAAS

US AAAS launches new title – Science Advances - 14 Feb 2014

“The non-profit American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of the Science family of journals, plans an expansion of its scientific communication efforts with the launch of a new title, Science Advances, as an extended forum for high-quality, peer-reviewed research.

Spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the social sciences, the new digital publication will leverage Science’s uniquely broad scope to help speed scientific progress by promoting the rapid communication of current research. Science Advances will be published online – on an open-access basis, with articles freely available to the public – through the payment, by authors, of an article processing fee.”

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Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, 2/14/14

Search Engines, etc. for finding Free Online STEM Resources

“Search Engines and Beyond: A Toolkit for Find­ing Free Online Resources for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Engi­neer­ing“
By Nedelina Tchangalova and Francy Stil­well, Uni­ver­sity of Maryland

in the Spring, 2012 issue of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Librar­i­an­ship  [ http://www.istl.org/ ]

GEN — “Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News” turns 30!

New Rochelle, NY, October 3, 2011Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) celebrates 30 years as the world’s first and most widely read magazine for the biotechnology industry.  Universally heralded as the definitive information source in this field, GEN covers the technology, trends, products, services, and advances that shape and drive the industry forward.  GEN’s 130-page commemorative issue features articles written by luminaries, and an original poster that tracks the milestones that have altered the course of biotechnology, leading to today’s most groundbreaking scientific and therapeutic discoveries.

Mary Ann Liebert news email 10/3/11

Boosting STEM research, proposals by McGraw-Hill Research Foundation

McGraw-Hill Research Foundation releases paper on strategies to boost STEM research – 27 Sep 2011

The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation has released a new policy paper by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, that seeks to offer practical and scalable solutions to the problem of inadequate supply of college graduates excelling in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Dr. Hrabowski is President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He says research in STEM is critical as the US addresses key challenges in healthcare, the environment, national security and the economy.

In the paper, Institutional Change in Higher Education: Innovation and Collaboration, Dr. Hrabowski discusses how his institution has addressed the shortage of STEM graduates, particularly among groups that have been underrepresented in these fields, including minorities, women and students from low-income backgrounds. UMBC has been recognised widely as a leader in higher education innovation, according to him. For three years in a row, the US News and World Report America’s Best Colleges Guide has ranked the university number one among ‘Up-and-Coming’ national universities.

To help meet the growing demand for STEM experts nationwide and encourage institutional change, Dr. Hrabowski urges colleges and universities to establish priorities, focus on strategic planning, and emphasise effectiveness and efficiency in the use of resources; reflect on their institution’s culture, taking into account school values, practices, habits and even the relationships among faculty, staff, and students; encourage the involvement of the entire campus, including faculty, administration, and students, in understanding and addressing broad retention issues and general academic performance; focus on the importance of group study and other approaches that inform redesign for first-year STEM courses; increase support for minority groups by providing knowledge and skill development, academic and social integration, support and motivation, and advising and monitoring; and develop distinct programmes and initiatives that address change needed in graduate programmes.

Dr. Hrabowski shows that the framework developed through the Meyerhoff Scholars Program underlies other important programmes and initiatives at UMBC that have helped create a campus climate of inclusive excellence. He will discuss the paper’s themes as a featured speaker at the third annual Innovation in Education Summit in New York City on September 28, 2011. Sponsored by The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, the event brings together experts to discuss critical issues and trends and their impact on today’s education environment.”

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Distinctive Voices: lectures in Science & Technology at Irvine’s Beckman Center

“About Distinctive Voices  
Distinctive Voices highlights innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues in an exciting and engaging public forum. Do you wonder how things work? What the future holds? If you are curious about the science and technology behind today’s hot topics, Distinctive Voices is for you!
Distinctive Voices was created in 2006 as a program of the National Academy of Sciences Communication Initiative to increase science literacy. The live programming hosted at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA received major funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Fund of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. Additional support is provided by The Edward Lifesciences Fund and Pacific Life Foundation. The program at the Jonsson Center in Woods Hole, MA is supported by the Frank Press Fund of The National Academy of Sciences, the Thomas Lincoln Casey Fund of The National Academy of Sciences, the Arthur L. Day Fund of The National Academy of Sciences, and the Kellogg Fund of the Institute of Medicine.”
From their homepage.  Check out the wealth of programs…mainly ~1 hour in duration.

“Change the Equation” new government mandated non-profit led by CEOs to improve STEM education

White House Announces Launch of New Nonprofit to Strengthen STEM Education
The President at MLK Charter School in New Orleans, White House Photo, Pete Souza, 11/15/09.

The Obama administration announced today the launch of “Change the Equation,” a new nonprofit corporation led by CEOs in an effort to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). According to the White House, the initiative is a response to the president’s speech at the National Academy of Sciences in April 2009 in which he urged Americans to elevate STEM education as a national priority. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Research Council have a long history of efforts to improve STEM education, including the influential 2005 report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, which urged improvements in K-12 STEM education to keep the U.S. economically competitive.