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PCAST Report: Launching the U.S. to Greater STEM Heights

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on Feb. 7 on how to produce 1 million additional college graduates over the next decade with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It's an important report that should serve as a launching pad for...




Foundation Marks Its Centennial at APS March Meeting

The Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement (RCSA), the oldest foundation dedicated purely towards funding scientific research, is marking the centennial of its founding at a reception at this year’s APS March Meeting. As part of the reception, Eric Mazur of Harvard will honor David Hall of Amherst College, recognizing him as the 2012 recipient of the APS Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution, a prize that is sponsored by RCSA.




Arun Majumdar Should Be Confirmed as Undersecretary of Energy

In late November, President Obama nominated Arun Majumdar to be Undersecretary of Energy, a vital position for a nation whose energy use and future energy strategy are essential to national security and economic preeminence. Nine days later, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a confirmation hearing...




Space Exploration Reaches New Milestones - for Technology and Jobs

Despite the uncertain future of human space exploration by Americans, significant milestones have recently been reached that bode well for space exploration and the knowledge and technological innovation that stem from it. Those milestones offer significant lessons for science advancement already, but they are also good news for the future of American job growth, which has for decades been closely linked to America's scientific and technological preeminence.




Cottrell Scholar and colleagues speed chemical-reaction tests

David MacMillan, a 2001 Cottrell Scholar, is among researchers reporting in the journal Science this month on a technique to accomplish "accelerated serendipity" by using robotics to perform more than 1,000 chemical reactions a day with molecules never before combined. In a single day of trials, MacMillan and his fellow Princeton researchers discovered a shortcut for producing pharmaceutical-like compounds that shaves weeks off the traditional process, the researchers report.




Solyndra: Will We Learn From Science?

The recent bankruptcy of Solyndra, the solar panel maker that received $535 million in federally guaranteed loans, is making headlines and spawning investigations. But the key question that is being missed -- and that should be asked now -- is: Will the federal government approach this failure as politicians or as scientists?





Research Corporation supported the early work of Robert Goddard in his quest to invent rocketry. (See Interactive Timeline, 1923)




RCSA Announces Second-Round Scialog Fellows

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has announced its latest Scialog Fellows: recipients of grants awarded through Scialog®, a major new research initiative. This multi-year grant program accelerates the work of 21st-century science by funding early career scientists (either individuals or multi-disciplinary teams) to pursue transformative research, in dialog with their fellow grantees, on crucial issues of scientific inquiry.