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  • Trigonometry Is Racist!

    02/27/2015 5:35:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 153 replies
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2015 | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    Trigonometry Is Racist! KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON February 27, 2015 An African-American scholar says that emphasis on STEM education is bad for blacks. Earlier today on Sirius XM Urban View, an African-American talk station, the guest was Daryl Scott, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The conversation turned to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education, and the origins of the ongoing push to encourage institutions and students to focus on those subjects. Can you guess what happened? In 1983, the guest explained, a commission empaneled by the secretary of education issued...
  • Feeding the STEM Myth

    12/22/2014 8:25:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 65 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 18, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    As we have reported, contrary to current wisdom, studies consistently show that there are more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors than there are STEM jobs. Nevertheless, those with a vested interest in perpetuating the legend not only still claim that there is a STEM major shortage but declare that women are uniquely qualified to fill it. Recently, here in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University, Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation (an organization geared toward more STEM education at the pre-K12 level and above), said, “Employers…are having difficulty finding the STEM talent they need.” For example, she...
  • 50 STEM Majors with the Best Value 2014: Ranked by

    11/10/2014 2:43:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FFN ^ | 11/10/2014
    There’s been much discussion recently over STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — degrees, a collection of majors that have not only some of the highest-paying related careers, but a positive employment outlook across several industries. For example, a 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that many STEM graduates go on to work in industries different from their degree concentration. Yet — collectively — STEM majors enjoy an advantage in today’s economy and are projected to remain in-demand well into the future. A study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce noted STEM is projected to...
  • House Committee Votes to Admit More STEM Workers than the Supply of Them

    11/07/2014 1:25:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 29 replies
    The Center for Immigration Studies ^ | July 1, 2013 | David North
    The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted last week to admit more high-tech foreign workers in some categories than the annual supply of them. In its eagerness to meet the wishes of the high tech industry — and steal jobs from qualified American workers — the Republican majority on the committee, with the single, commendable exception of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), voted to allow as many as 55,000 green cards to be issued annually to aliens with advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees from American universities. It also voted to increase the existing H-1B quota for such workers...
  • STEMming China’s Student Espionage

    10/03/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 2, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When the reasons mount for rethinking cherished academic practices, academia doubles down on those procedures. For example, as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and others have shown, there is no shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors to fill available jobs requiring those skills. Yet and still, academics proclaim that the need is so acute that they need to import STEM majors from abroad. It turns out that, on top of that misconception, some of these foreign students may actually be, well, spies. “The Chinese regime can work spies recruited in college into positions in research, government...
  • Don't Believe President Obama's Hype About An Engineer 'Shortage'

    09/15/2014 3:26:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/15/2014 | John Tamny
    [SNIP] All of which brings us to the latest popular lament among pundits, politicians, and even some in the business world: the perceived lack of engineers and/or ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates. President Obama has said “We need more engineers,” so has Hillary Clinton, and then Lockheed Martin executive Stephanie Hill recently stated that “we’ll lose” if we don’t produce at least 1 million more ‘STEM’ grads. About all the handwringing, readers can relax. Indeed, there’s nothing to this story or alleged shortage. Price signals work. They always do, and they do because one of the underlying purposes...
  • Jeff Sessions criticizes Bill Gates's call for STEM worker visas amid Microsoft layoffs

    07/21/2014 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/21/2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized Microsoft founder Bill Gates for calling on Congress to increase STEM worker visas while the company plans to cut 18,000 jobs next year. “Super billionaires aren’t happy apparently. … They declare we need to import more foreign workers,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Mr. Gates says we need to let more and more people into our country to take those kinds of jobs.” Sessions was referring to an op-ed in which Gates called on the House to pass the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill. That legislation would increase the number of worker visas...
  • Reform Math Must be Destroyed Root and Branch

    07/04/2014 1:37:17 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Education Establishment went way too far, and this has presented the country with a unique opportunity for real improvement of the public schools. As never before, parents across the United States will tell you emphatically that they hate Common Core, and they especially hate Common Core Math. The Education Establishment will try to maneuver around this revulsion. Compromises will be offered. The same dumb ideas will be repackaged as something new and wonderful. The challenge is to refuse to compromise. Sometimes a good thing, compromise is now the biggest threat to genuine reform. Our Education Establishment has been selling...
  • Diversity Uber Alles

    06/27/2014 7:25:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 26, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For academics, diversity is the answer, no matter what the question is. “Making news this past May was the release of employee diversity information at large tech firms, including Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo, which indicated, not that surprisingly, that these Silicon Valley companies employed primarily men (60-70%),” Walter Breau writes on the Academe blog . “The news was more discouraging when the data was disaggregated into tech-related and leadership positions, with the percentage of women dropping even lower.” yahoo tumblr mashable icon “For example, at Yahoo, only 15% of technology and 23% of leadership positions were held by women.” The...
  • Big STEM Inaccuracy

    05/29/2014 6:46:01 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 27 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 28, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Throughout America, debates about what to do about the shortage of science, technology, engineering and math graduates have been going on for at least a decade from the halls of Congress to most university campuses. It apparently never occurred to any of the thought leaders who participated in them that they might be mistaken. “The country has twice as many people with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs,” Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), said at the National Press Club on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. With Karen Zieigler, Camarota co-authored a study...
  • Obama to promote math, tech aid at science fair

    05/27/2014 4:02:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 3:11 AM EDT
    Aiming to diversify and strengthen the nation’s technological workforce, President Barack Obama is hosting the White House’s annual science fair with an emphasis on the achievements of girls and women and with new initiatives to improve science, technology, engineering and math education. […] The White House says Obama will announce a new $35 million Education Department competition for teacher training programs as part of his goal to train 100,000 educators in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. …
  • CIS: Nearly 8 Million Stem Degree Holders In U.S. Not Working In Stem Fields

    05/21/2014 11:23:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    NUMBERS USA ^ | 05/21/2014
    A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies asks whether or not there is a shortage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers in the United States, and their resounding conclusion is "no". The report released today and written by CIS researchers Steve Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there are more than 5 million native-born Americans with an undergraduate degree in STEM, but not working in STEM with another 1.2 million degree holders not working at all. Additionally, there are 1.6 million foreign-born residents with an undergraduate degree in STEM that are also not working in STEM...
  • What STEM Shortage? The sector isn’t seeing wage growth and has more graduates than jobs.

    05/20/2014 6:40:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/20/2014 | Steven Camarota
    The idea that we need to allow in more workers with science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) background is an article of faith among American business and political elite. But in a new report, my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Karen Zeigler and I analyze the latest government data and find what other researchers have found: The country has well more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Both employment and wage data...
  • US Companies need better human resources directors, not foreign high-tech workers

    05/17/2014 11:27:27 AM PDT · by Moseley · 38 replies
    BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | May 17, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Problems in hiring high-tech workers at big corporations are driving the push for amnesty in the immigration reform debate. Big businesses say they need to import more foreign workers trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics because they can’t find U.S. citizens and legal residents to fill the jobs. Democrats will not vote for importing more workers unless they get amnesty for the 11 million to 20 million low-skill undocumented workers. So big donors and political action committees like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are lighting fires under Republicans to pass immigration reform. But maybe U.S. companies need to hire...
  • Eric Cantor Plots Amnesty Despite Surplus of High-Tech Workers

    05/12/2014 4:39:50 PM PDT · by Moseley · 13 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | May 12, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    On August 30, 2013, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers published in its journal Spectrum, “The STEM Crisis Is a Myth.” The IEEE article reports that within the United States – [T]here are more STEM workers than suitable jobs. One study found, for example, that wages for U.S. workers in computer and math fields have largely stagnated since 2000. Even as the Great Recession slowly recedes, STEM workers at every stage of the career pipeline, from freshly minted grads to mid- and late-career Ph.D.s, still struggle to find employment as many companies, including Boeing, IBM, and Symantec, continue to...
  • Educators Fear Paper Military

    04/22/2014 7:32:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 21, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    With literacy rates among high school graduates ever more of a mystery, educators are worried about…defense spending on education. Never mind that the Department of Defense is one of the few federal agencies experiencing funding cutbacks, anti-military teachers are worried about what is left of the Pentagon’s budget. “In 2010, the most recent year for which data are available, the Department of Defense (DoD) was administering more than a dozen different programs and spending close to $50 million on K-12 outreach targeting the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math,” Seth Kershner writes in Rethinking Schools, “a nonprofit publisher...
  • House Committee Votes to Admit More STEM Workers than the Supply of Them

    04/18/2014 6:00:34 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | July 1, 2013 | David North
    The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted last week to admit more high-tech foreign workers in some categories than the annual supply of them. In its eagerness to meet the wishes of the high tech industry — and steal jobs from qualified American workers — the Republican majority on the committee, with the single, commendable exception of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), voted to allow as many as 55,000 green cards to be issued annually to aliens with advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees from American universities.
  • NO shortage of high-tech workers, not enough jobs: Amnesty: Not Just for Low-Skilled Workers?

    02/24/2014 6:07:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Amnesty is being driven, among others, by big businesses claiming they cannot hire enough high-tech professionals. These are (or posture as) major donors to members of Congress. So these businesses are twisting arms on Capitol Hill. The compromise is that Democrats get amnesty for illegal aliens if business gets more high-tech foreign workers. However, in fact, there is no shortage of high-tech professionals in the USA. Businesses do not need immigration reform. On August 30, 2013, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers published a review of this question in its journal Spectrum, titled "The STEM Crisis Is a Myth."...
  • Future of online teaching and open course ware type classes - your preditcions

    02/04/2014 1:38:28 PM PST · by freedom462 · 60 replies
    I know that dissatisfaction, or rather, deep, deep hatred, for public schools and universities is fairly commonplace around here and the need for massive overhaul in the educational system from kindergarden to the graduate level is one of the top priorities for many Freepers. And so there has been talk about the rise of online educational systems, to use as key examples Open Course Ware, EdX and the Kahn Academy. There has been talk of the extent to which they will replace teachers on other forums and so I figured it was worthy of a separate thread. This is also...
  • 'Big Bang Theory' actress 'fell in love with the neuron' and hopes other girls will, too

    01/31/2014 7:52:45 PM PST · by Bratch · 37 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | January 31, 2014 | Peter Baniak
    MOREHEAD — First, I'll admit that I went to see The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik speak at Morehead State primarily because I'm a fan of the show, in all its nerdy glory. But as the actress who plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS comedy spoke to the large, attentive crowd in Morehead's Academic-Athletic Center, I found myself thinking about something other than the popular TV show:I wish my daughter could hear this.Of course, during her lecture, Bialik told the crowd about her experiences in Hollywood, as a child star on the 1990s sitcom Blossom, now as...
  • Experts hail stem cell breakthrough

    01/31/2014 9:05:23 AM PST · by Yollopoliuhqui · 10 replies
    MSN News ^ | 1/30/14 | MSN
    A "revolutionary" new approach to creating stem cells in the laboratory could open up a new era of personalised medicine, it is claimed. Scientists have shown it is possible to reprogramme cells into an embryonic-like state simply by altering their environment. It means in principle that cells can have their developmental clock turned back without directly interfering with their genes - something never achieved before. The cells become "pluripotent", having the potential ability to transform themselves into virtually any kind of tissue in the body, from brain to bone.
  • A Georgia Tech researcher asks: Where are the black students in science, math?

    09/17/2013 6:53:55 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 122 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 9:43 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 | Kamau Bobb
    ... 71 percent of the 2,500 black students in APS who took the Mathematics II exam in 2011, failed and only 1 percent, 25 students, passed with distinction (Pass Plus). By contrast, only 21 percent of white students failed with 79 percent passing and 23 percent of those passing with distinction. In Fulton County, where 62 percent of black students failed the Mathematics II exam, 90 percent of the white students passed, 32 percent with distinction. The failure rates and achievement gaps throughout most of the school districts in the metro-Atlanta area are astonishing. The consequence of this reality is...
  • STEM Visas Should Be No-Brainer In Immigration Debate

    08/20/2013 5:24:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 | Eric Telford
    Although the conversation on immigration reform tends to unfold in terms of border security, enforcement of laws, and pathways to citizenship – there is one critical aspect this debate that has failed to break through all of the other noise. Immigration reform could help the economy grow--if done the right way. Instead of getting bogged down in negotiations about amnesty and its various forms, conservatives should drive the conversation toward STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and H1-B visas. These visas can help bring the world’s best and brightest to America--the kind of people who will start businesses, buy...
  • Stem cells: Living adult tissue transformed back into embryo state

    09/12/2013 12:22:25 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 September 2013 | James Gallagher
    The living tissue inside an animal has been regressed back into an embryonic state for the first time, Spanish researchers say. They believe it could lead to new ways of repairing the body, for example after a heart attack. However, the study published in the journal Nature, showed the technique led to tumours forming in mice. Stem cell experts said it was a "cool" study, but would need to be much more controlled before leading to therapies.
  • The Talent Gap: Finding Skilled Workers Isn't Easy

    07/25/2013 3:24:17 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 44 replies
    Grainger Newsletter ^ | 25 July 2013 | Grainger.Com
    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a current unemployment rate of around 9%. So how is it with roughly 12.8 million people out of work, there are still so many jobs going unfilled? A recent report by Deloitte for the Manufacturing Institute which was based on a survey of manufacturers, found that as many as 600,000 jobs are going unfilled. “High unemployment is not making it easier to fill positions, particularly in the areas of skilled production and production support,” the Deloitte report found. There is a growing talent gap between skilled jobs in the trades and trained...
  • Stricter standards sought to curb stem-cell confusion

    07/23/2013 10:00:26 PM PDT · by neverdem
    Nature News ^ | 23 July 2013 | Helen Shen
    Initiative aims to clarify description of mesenchymal cells. Pamela Robey is used to being sent samples by scientists who are anxious to know whether the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) they have extracted from fat can be coaxed to turn into either bone or cartilage. Robey, who directs the Stem Cell Unit at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), is also used to delivering bad news to many of those who seek her help. “They usually are not happy,” she says, when her attempts to differentiate the cells produce little more than fatty globules. To Robey, that disappointment reflects a...
  • A Brand New Report Shows Just How Wrong Silicon Valley Is About A Tech Worker Shortage

    06/04/2013 8:04:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/04/2013 | Walter Hickey
    A popular meme of the immigration debate has to do with the claim from technology companies that there's a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) worker shortage in the United States. This is frequently used to bolster the argument that the U.S. should increase the number of temporary visas issued to foreign-born workers in order to fulfill demand in the tech industry for techie talent. A new report from the esteemed Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce presents a pretty significant rebuttal to that claim. Released on Wednesday, the annual report looks at how new college graduates are faring...
  • Alligator Stem Cells Offer Hope for Tooth Regeneration in Humans

    05/18/2013 2:08:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies ^ | 5/17/13 | Natali Anderson
    An international team of scientists led by Prof Cheng-Ming Chuong from the University of Southern California has discovered unique cellular and molecular mechanisms behind tooth renewal in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pave the way for tooth regeneration in people. “Humans naturally only have two sets of teeth – baby teeth and adult teeth. Ultimately, we want to identify stem cells that can be used as a resource to stimulate tooth renewal in adult humans who have lost teeth. But, to do that, we must first understand how they renew...
  • It’s All Relative: STEM Workers are in High Demand in the USA

    05/02/2013 7:31:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Engine ^ | 04/30/2013 | Ian Hathaway
    Recent claims of an excess supply of high-skilled workers in the STEM occupations of science, technology, engineering and math are at odds with anecdotal and empirical evidence. While it’s difficult to definitively conclude whether or not there is a shortage of workers in any field, publicly available government data and common sense reject the notion that there are “too many” high-tech workers in the United States. More importantly, this entire discussion misses a larger point—high-skilled employment isn’t a zero sum game where a fixed set of workers are competing for a fixed set of jobs in an economy free...
  • Do We Really Need Huge Numbers Of Foreign Workers?

    04/22/2013 10:13:43 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 55 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 15 April 2013 | David North,
    While it is well known that the high-tech industries often prefer lower-paid, young, and docile foreign workers to hiring Americans, and while these employers keep screaming about "labor shortages", some of the real labor market numbers on the subject have not been discussed much lately.
  • An American Problem

    11/30/2012 12:31:47 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 26 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/30/12 | Judson Phillips
    In America, we have a huge problem. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, we are told. Yet we are wasting untold minds in America. America has a huge problem in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A solution has been proposed to help America but the solution idiotically misses the real problem. What is this non-solution and what is the real problem America will not address?
  • House to vote on revised STEM jobs bill

    11/25/2012 6:11:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/25/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    The dust hadn't even settled from the debacle of 2012 before we heard that the GOP would be warming up to the idea of immigration reform in an effort to make some inroads with Hispanic voters. Apparently we won't have to wait for the next Congress to be seated before we see some steps in that direction. Word has come out this weekend that House Republicans will introduce a revised version of the previously defeated STEM Jobs Act, which seeks to expand the pool of green cards available for families of well educated immigrant workers. Republican leaders made it clear...
  • U.S. Military Should Find a Way to Hire Foreign Scientists and Engineers, Report Says

    10/30/2012 11:07:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 25 October 2012 | David Malakoff
    Enlarge Image On the prowl. The U.S. military needs to step up efforts to recruit and retain the scientists and engineers who have provided it with cutting edge technologies, such as these Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier jet fighters. Credit: U.S. Department of Defense The U. S. military should consider revising rules that now exclude hiring foreign-born scientists and engineers and make its work more attractive to potential employees, according to a new study on meeting its future workforce needs. There is broad agreement that first-rate scientists and engineers have helped make the U.S. military one of the most potent...
  • The Legend of John Saxon, Math Warrior

    09/03/2012 6:21:00 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 27 replies ^ | June 22, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Warning, this article contains superlatives and extreme statements. How should we teach the young? I believe everyone should be passionate about the answers. The country’s fate depends on it. Over the years I often heard the name John Saxon but knew for sure only that his books were popular among homeschoolers. I was under the impression that he wrote his books for them. Not true. He wrote his books for every kid stuck in a classroom. I’ve just finished “John Saxon’s Story: a genius of common sense in math education,” an excellent biography by Nakonia Hayes. It is a smart,...
  • Med School’s Brave New World

    04/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 5, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The face of medical education is changing and patients may not like it one bit. “There is a movement towards principles and concepts rather than specific courses,” Bailus Walker, Jr. of the Howard University School of Medicine said on April 4, 2012 at a conference in Crystal City, VA. “Entrance to medical schools will be based on principles and concepts rather than biochemistry knowledge.” “The old departmental barriers and walls are coming down.” Dr. Walker thinks this is a good thing. He calls it a “convergence of disciplines.” “That will lead to more STEM education,” he said, referring to training...
  • Report: Russia warships to enter Syria waters in bid to stem foreign intervention

    11/18/2011 7:45:00 AM PST · by jhpigott · 51 replies
    Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow would resist any foreign intervention in the country's civil unrest.
  • 'Stimulated' stem cells stop donor organ rejection

    10/18/2011 3:03:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    MedicalXpress ^ | 10/18/11
    (Medical Xpress) -- Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to stimulate a rat’s stem cells after a liver transplant as a means of preventing rejection of the new organ without the need for lifelong immunosuppressant drugs. The need for anti-rejection medicines, which carry serious side effects, is a major obstacle to successful long-term transplant survival in people. With a combination of a very low, short-term dose of an immunosuppressive drug to prevent immediate rejection and four doses of a medication that frees the recipient’s stem cells from the bone marrow to seek out and populate the donor organ, the...
  • George F. Will: Rev the scientific engine

    01/02/2011 12:11:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 89 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2011 | George F. Will
    New Republican legislators should come down Capitol Hill to the National Museum of American History, which displays a device that in 1849 was granted U.S. patent 6469. It enabled a boat's "draught of water to be readily lessened" so it could "pass over bars, or through shallow water." The patentee was from Sangamon County, Ill. Across Constitution Avenue, over the Commerce Department's north entrance, are some words of the patentee, Abraham Lincoln: THE PATENT SYSTEM ADDED THE FUEL OF INTEREST TO THE FIRE OF GENIUS Stoking that fire is, more than ever, a proper federal function, so the legislators should...
  • State's stem cell agency seeks more time, money

    11/25/2010 11:18:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    la times ^ | 11/25/10 | Jack Dolan,
    After six years, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has faced questions about leaders' pay and the lack of medical breakthroughs. But its chairman plans to ask voters for another $3 billion in bonds. When millionaire Silicon Valley real estate developer Bob Klein launched his ballot drive to create a $3-billion state fund for stem-cell research in 2004, he pitched it as a way of taking politics out of science and focusing on cures. One particularly heartbreaking campaign ad showed former big screen Superman Christopher Reeve paralyzed in a wheelchair, struggling for breath and imploring California voters to "stand up...
  • Bobby Schindler Educates, Keeps Sister Terri Schiavo’s Cause Alive

    11/16/2010 5:26:38 AM PST · by scottfactor · 7 replies ^ | 11/16/2010 | Gina Miller
    With all the darkness and corruption in our government and our world and the myriad political issues that we now must fervently follow, we still must never forget the horrible story of a woman who had committed no crime, but who was nevertheless sentenced to be executed in the most cruel and inhumane way by court order of one lousy judge. Terri Schiavo lives on in our hearts, and especially in the hearts of her family. Her brother Bobby Schindler and her family continue to speak, educate and provide support to many families, on behalf of the Terri Schiavo Life...
  • Functional nerve cells from adult skin cells generated by UConn scientists

    10/19/2010 8:31:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies ^ | 10/19/10
    Scientists at the University of Connecticut Health Center have successfully converted stem cells derived from the adult skin cells of four humans into region-specific forebrain, midbrain, and spinal cord neurons (nerve cells) with functions. The research is a key step toward realizing the cells’ potential to treat various neurodegenerative diseases.The UConn team, led by Dr. Ren-He Xu, director of the Health Center’s Stem Cell Core facility, and Dr. Xuejun Li, a neural scientist in the Neuroscience Department, recently published a paper describing how they used cell reprogramming protocols to first transform the adult tissue into "induced pluripotent stem cells" that...
  • Obama to Appeal Stem Cell Ruling

    08/25/2010 11:40:29 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 38 replies ^ | August 25, 2010 | Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter
    Experts say judge's injunction on using federal funds effectively halts work in labs across the country WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. scientists reacted with dismay to Monday's decision by a U.S. judge to halt any expansion of stem cell research using federal funds. The temporary injunction, which basically blindsided the scientific community, effectively takes embryonic stem cell research back to the pre-2001 days. That was when then-President George W. Bush ordered that federal monies could only be used to fund research involving embryonic stem cell lines created before 2001. Late Tuesday, however, the Obama administration, which had issued...
  • No fed cash for stem cell research

    08/24/2010 4:55:59 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/23/10 6:54 PM EDT Updated | By ABBY PHILLIP
    A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, sidetracking President Barack Obama’s executive order which had expanded federal funding for human stem cell research last year. U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that the order, which Obama signed in March 2009, violated a federal law that prohibits the use of federal funds for research practices that result in the destruction of a human embryo. According to the ruling, the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which Congress passed in 1996, clearly prohibits the use of federal funds for stem cell research, regardless of...
  • Democrats hope Obama 2008 model will help stem midterm losses

    07/05/2010 2:09:55 PM PDT · by edpc · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5 July 2010 | Chris Cillizza
    To become the nation's first black president, Barack Obama not only won heavy percentages of the black and Hispanic vote but also managed to trim the Democratic Party's traditional deficit among white voters. Four years after Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) lost the white vote by 17 percentage points, Obama lost it by 12, according to exit polls. While the 2008 gains were generally attributed to Obama's strength with young voters -- he won by 10 points among whites 18 to 29 years old -- he managed to improve on Kerry's showing with white voters across every age demographic.
  • Adult stem cells saved my life

    01/23/2010 12:44:36 PM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 4 replies · 292+ views
    Imagine a tragic automobile accident that leaves a young girl a quadriplegic. Imagine a young mother of two who discovers that a disease is ravaging her body and turning her vital organs into stone. Imagine a young baby who is dying from sickle cell anemia. These are haunting images. They capture our minds and rend our hearts. Yet in each case, there is a remarkably happy ending. Simply put, these patients didn’t die, but cheated death and disability by receiving adult stem cell transplants. Each of these persons are medical miracles and living proof that adult stem cell treatments are...
  • Vitamin C is key to creating stem cells

    12/24/2009 4:01:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 437+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 12/24/09 | staff
    Vitamin C could be used to overcome hurdles in creating stem cells for treating human diseases, scientists believe. The vitamin boosts the reprogramming of adult cells to give them the properties of embryonic stem cells. Scientists who made the discovery believe it may help them overcome long-standing problems in creating the reprogrammed cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).
  • Pioneering stem cell technique stops climber from losing leg

    12/15/2009 11:40:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 516+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/09 | staff
    A man who faced amputation after he broke a leg while rock climbing spoke today of a revolutionary new stem cell technique which fused it back together again. Andrew Kent's right leg broke in five places when a large boulder fell on him as he climbed with his son in the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District in April. He was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where he underwent three operations to pin the bones back together.
  • MS sufferer walks after stem cell treatment

    12/15/2009 8:24:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies · 1,171+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 12/15/09 | Bonnie Malkin
    An Australian man who was confined to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis has made a remarkable recovery after receiving a groundbreaking stem cell treatment. Ben Leahy, 20, was diagnosed with the disease in 2008 and lost the ability to stand within a few months. However, a new procedure to combat the disease has helped him regain his health and he is now walking again.
  • Educate for a Better Economy

    12/11/2009 8:16:45 AM PST · by bs9021 · 20 replies · 482+ views
    AIA-Student Center Blog ^ | December 11, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    Educate for a Better Economy Sarah Carlsruh, December 11, 2009 “The unemployment rate is 10 percent but businesses are struggling to fill 2.6 million jobs because applicants lack required skills” observed a December 12th Politico article. In an effort to remedy this disconnect, the Business Roundtable recently launched The Springboard Project, an effort by a group of education and business leaders to develop policy recommendations to improve U.S. education and work training. According to their December report, “the United States ranks second-to-last among developed nations in postsecondary completion rates.” William D. Green, chairman of The Springboard Project said that: “Improving...
  • NIH authorizes use of first human embryonic stem cells under new policy

    12/02/2009 3:05:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 366+ views
    Washingon Post ^ | 12/2/2009 | Rob Stein
    The Obama administration on Wednesday approved the first human embryonic stem cells for experiments by federally funded scientists under a new policy designed to dramatically expand government support for one of the most promising but also most contentious fields of biomedical research. The National Institutes of Health authorized 11 lines of cells produced by scientists at the Children's Hospital in Boston and two lines created by researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York. All were obtained from embryos left over by couples seeking treatment for infertility.