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Boosting STEM research, proposals by McGraw-Hill Research Foundation

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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

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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.

The Science & Entertainment Exchange -- NAS

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"The Science & Entertainment Exchange is a program of the National Academy of Sciences that connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in both film and TV programming." Learn More

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.

ResearchGATE to provide sci-tech networking for Sigma Xi

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Sigma Xi, an international society of science and engineering, has partnered with the online resource ResearchGATE (researchGATE.net) to provide new networking opportunity for its membership of 50,000 scientists and engineers.

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Aug. 19, 2010

Scitopia now with streamlined links to RefWorks

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"Federated search services provider Deep Web Technologies, US, has announced that its federated search product, Explorit Research Accelerator, now includes seamless integration with RefWorks, a web-based solution for citations management."

source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 30, 2009

Scitopia was developed by 21 top technological and scientific societies.  It is a freely available database mainly in physics and engineering.  Component societies are listed on a webpage off www.scitopia.org.  It lists papers going back as early as 1665, some of which are digitized.

Full text is offered on a pay-per-view basis, so currently it is better to search Princeton's subscription databases which have links to our full-text subscription resources.  INSPEC  and Compendex  cover even more resources than Scitopia.  IEEE  -- Xplore & IEL -- are other overlapping subscription databases we have, and they are completely full-text.

Science -- the "Moon Issue" -- January 30, 1970

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In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the "moon walk", AAAS and Science has made this issue available to everyone.  Princeton University has had access via JSTOR for some time:  http://www.jstor.org/stable/i299517

At the AAAS link, you'll see the link to the special "Moon issue"

 

 

 

New Portuguese scientific OA repository launched

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Portugal New Portuguese scientific OA repository launched - 19 Dec 2008

Portugal's publicly-funded Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal (RCAAP) was recently launched at the 3rd Open Access conference that took place at University of Minho on December 15 – 16, 2008. RCAAP gathers content from 10 institutional repositories from across the country.

The new open access repository currently indexes more than 13091 documents from 10 repositories. The project is funded by the Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC) and will be technically maintained by the National Scientific Computations Foundation (FCCN).

The 10 repositories that are currently contributing to this main centralised repository are mainly university DSpace-based repositories or similar.

Approximately 10% are in English.  Topics appear to be mainly biomedical.

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Dec. 19, 2008.

Science.gov now provides 200 million pages

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Science.gov is a free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. In this new 5.0 version,  launched on Sept. 15th, there are 7 additional portals or databases that quadruple its content.  New content includes patents, toxicology data, e-prints from the Dept. of Energy and OSTI, and journal archives from PubMed Central, and Cancer.gov.

The search engine is improved with clustering technology, and Science.gov now provides links to science news, the EurekAlert! and Wikipedia. 

"Science.gov is hosted by DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within DOE's Office of Science. In addition to DOE, Science.gov is supported by contributing members of the Science.gov Alliance, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Archives and Records Administration."

From Tim Byrne at osti/gov

 

 

 

VerticalNews hosts 38 new science titles

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"US NewsRx launches 38 new science titles - 30 Jul 2008

Publisher and international news organisation NewsRx, US, has launched 38 new science titles under its VerticalNews imprint. The new science titles will provide current news, scientific research, and developments on national defense, aerospace, agriculture, chemicals and chemistry, ecology, environment, conservation, energy, engineering, food science, farming, mining and minerals, nanotechnology, physics, robotics and machine learning, verterinary science, mathematics, and global warming.

Each of these new science titles will be available in print or online at www.VerticalNews.com. The titles offer readers both a broad overview and an insider’s knowledge, ensuring that readers stay on top of the science that is important to them. Titles include Defense & Aerospace Week; Agriculture Week; Journal of Farming; Chemical & Chemistry; Ecology, Environment & Conservation; Energy Weekly News; Journal of Engineering; Food Weekly News; Mathematics Week; Mining & Minerals; Nanotechnology Weekly; Physics Week; Robotics & Machine Learning; Veterinary Week; and The Business of Global Warming.

As part of this launch and to promote international understanding of climate-impacting issues, NewsRx is making an electronic version of its title The Business of Global Warming available at no charge for six months. The free subscription is available on the VerticalNews.com homepage.

Now with a portfolio of 194 titles, NewsRx claims to be one of the largest content companies in the world. Each month, over a million readers globally view and download NewsRx articles and publications online."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 30th.

Journal of Life Sciences -- open access

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tjols.gifFrom their "About Us" page:        

"The Journal of Life Sciencesis a bi-monthly magazine founded in 2007. Focusing on the space 'where science and society meet,' the Journal offers fresh analysis and commentary about the impact of biotechnology and the other bio sciences on business, policy, and culture. The Journal's intelligent, incisive, and skeptical editorial style helps readers keep up with the changes in the life sciences, which will soon affect nearly every aspect of modern life, from the food we eat to the way we approach diseases, clean the environment, and defend countries from terrorism.

The Journal is published by Burrill & Company and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI). Burrill & Company is a life sciences merchant bank and CHI is a nonprofit public policy research organization for California's life sciences industry."

Conservation Letters -- new title. Free in 2008

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Conservation Letters

Submit your manuscript to Conservation Letters for maximum exposure

Fast, global and policy-relevant, Conservation Letters is a new, online-only scientific journal, published on behalf of the Society for Conservation Biology. Publishing empirical and theoretical research with significant implications for the conservation of biological diversity, the journal will draw on knowledge, tools and interactions from many disciplines - geography, ecology, evolution, mathematics, economics, psychology, sociology and anthropology among them.

Three types of article are published in Conservation Letters:

  • Letters: novel findings with high relevance for practice or policy
  • Mini-Reviews: overviews of emerging subjects that merit urgent coverage or succinct syntheses of important topics that are rarely encountered in the mainstream literature
  • Policy Perspectives: brief essays for a general audience on issues related to conservation and society
 Conservation Letters

For more details -- the rest of the page is linked here.

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