Four Ways to Tackle H-1B Visa Reform (IEEE Spectrum)

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U.S. tech companies love the H-1B visa program. The temporary visa is meant to allow them to bring high-skill foreign workers to fill jobs for which there aren’t enough skilled American workers. But the program isn’t working. Originally intended to bring the best global talent to fill U.S. labor shortages, it has become a pipeline for a few big companies …


Intel touts $7 billion chip-plant investment (Chicago Tribune)

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President Donald Trump met with Brian Krzanich, the chief executive of U.S.-based technology company Intel, on Wednesday to announce a $7 billion investment in an advanced computer chip factory in Chandler, Arizona. Speaking from the president’s side in the Oval Office, Krzanich said that the facility, called Fab 42, would employ 3,000 people at its peak and indirectly create 10,000 …


Massachusetts pumps $10.5 million into STEM education (State Scoop)

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in betting heavily on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in his latest budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. At a press conference in January, Baker said the new spending on workforce development, if approved by the legislature, will spread resources across the state and deliver a gamut of new services to job seekers …


Brown Co. STEM money not in Walker’s budget (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

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Wisconsin’s proposed budget does not include money that Brown County requested for a science-and-technology education project, but county leaders hope the money might be in a capital budget released in a few weeks. County officials spent hours Wednesday evening poring over Gov. Scott Walker’s $76.1 billion spending plan line by line, hoping it would include the $5 million they requested …


MIT alum, Broadcom CEO gives school $20M to create autism research center (Boston Business Journal)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology will create a new center dedicated to autism research, thanks to a $20 million alumnus donation. The donation, gifted to the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, comes courtesy of disability advocate K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan, an MIT alumnus and CEO of California-based chipmaker Broadcom (Nasdaq: AVGO). The Tan-Yang Center for Autism …


Darren Soto Looks to Reduce Student Loans for STEM Majors (Sunshine State News)

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This week, freshman U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., introduced his first bill in Congress which would reduce the burden for students who obtain degrees in STEM disciplines. Soto unveiled the American Science Principal and Interest Reduction and Employment (ASPIRE) Act, calling for a “25 percent reduction in federal student loans for students who graduate with a degree in a STEM …


School effort aims to combine music, STEM through guitar-making (Inside NOVA)

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A non-profit group hopes that an initiative, now in place at a Fairfax County high school, to connect kids with music and science could eventually come to Arlington, as well. The “STEM Guitar Project,” supported by a National Science Foundation grant, works to teach students “all the math and science associated with the construction of an electric guitar. You can …


Nebraska Wesleyan to use grant to provide scholarships for STEM students

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The largest grant Nebraska Wesleyan University has received to date will create scholarships and provide academic support for students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or math. Using a $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Nebraska Wesleyan will launch the STEM Scholars Program which will provide $7,000 a year to science-minded students in 2017 and 2018. “Because we’re a …


Bill to boost STEM education advances (Las Cruces Sun-News)

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Legislation that would require the state to adopt national standards for science and math cleared the House Education Committee on an 8-3 vote Wednesday. House Bill 211, sponsored by Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces; G. Andres Romero, D-Albuquerque; and Christine Trujillo, D-Albuquerque, would require the Public Education Department to adopt the K-12 Next Generation Science Standards for New Mexico schools. The …



Code.org is drastically increasing the number of underrepresented minorities taking AP computer science (TechCrunch)

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Code.org, which started offering an advanced placement computer science principles this school year in partnership with The College Board, could more than double the number of underrepresented minorities enrolled in AP computer science classes across the nation. During the last school year, 8,442 underrepresented minorities (black, Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) took the AP Computer science test in …


Navajo Nation partners with ASU professor to bring science and technology education to reservation (Cronkite News)

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Shawn Jordan had traveled five hours to Church Rock, New Mexico, in the Navajo Nation. It was his first time on the Navajo reservation. Jordan, an assistant professor of engineering education at Arizona State University, was there to judge a science fair. One project stuck with him: a seventh-grade girl’s experiment on how building materials affected the transmission of heat. …


Tech, science programs at 3 Washington universities win grants (The Seattle Times)

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A program that aids low-income and first-generation students who want to major in engineering at the University of Washington is one of three initiatives awarded a total of $6 million to address the state’s growing demand for technology education. The Washington State Academic Redshirt (STARS) program will receive a grant of $2.19 million over three years, allowing it to double …


High-profile shark research group teams up with Jacksonville University (Jacksonville Business Journal)

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Jacksonville University has teamed up with a globally known shark conservation and research group in a move the school sees as bolstering both its academics and its brand. The partnership with Ocearch will see its founder and expedition leader, Chris Fischer, join the school as “explorer in residence,” similar to the executives in residence the university has in other program. …


What software engineers are making around the world right now (TechCrunch)

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A new study published by the data science team at Hired, a jobs marketplace for tech workers, shows why it’s becoming harder for software engineers to afford life in San Francisco, even while they make more money than their peers elsewhere in the U.S. and the world. Based on 280,000 interview requests and job offers provided by more than 5,000 …


The most important skill for middle class workers isn’t being taught in American schools (Quartz)

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US students are judged by how well they score on math, reading and science tests. US educators are assessed by their student’s improvement on those tests. The US labor market, however, is increasingly placing a premium on pleasant personalities. Schools that focus narrowly on cognitive skills without teaching social skills may be overlooking a key component to workplace success. Research …


Programming while black will cost you $10,000 in salary (Quartz)

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Racial discrimination may be alive and well in the technology industry. The online hiring platform Hired released its 2017 State of Salaries report today (Feb. 9). The San Francisco-based company has a database of 280,000 interview requests and job offers for 45,000 engineers and technologists on its platform. Hired lets candidates post their preferred salaries so that companies can interview …


Former judge wants to head patent office, says he’ll “Make Patents Great Again” (ars technica)

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Who’s the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office at the moment? It’s a tougher question to answer than you’d think. A patent blog that closely watches USPTO internal politics, IP Watchdog, raised the question earlier this week. Reports last month from Politico and The Hill indicated that Michelle Lee, a former Googler who was appointed in 2014 and is favored by …


North Penn High School, Drexel University Society of Women partner for engineering night for young girls (The Reporter)

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Last night, the North Penn School District partnered with the Drexel University Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to host an interactive program for girls in grades seven through nine interested in studying engineering courses in high school and college. The program, which was made possible through a fund from Merck & Co., came about when NPSD STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering …


The Somewhat Tenuous Business Of EdTech (Forbes)

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Pay me now or pay me later. Knowing which chess move to make can determine the outcome of your EdTech business. Education Technology is one of the fasting growing sectors of the global economy. According to a report from EdTechXGlobal and IBIS Capital, the global education technology market is expected to grow 17 percent per year to $252 Billion by …