Columbus, OH - According to Ellen Marrison, "In an hours-long virtual workshop that could have covered days, the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and leaders from government, academia, and publishing explored key questions the research enterprise must address to build a more effective and resilient 21st century research university. Facing challenges that may have long been present but have been exacerbated and accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis, the leaders began exploring questions that could help research universities rebound to a better place than the pre-pandemic status quo."
Columbus, OH - According to SSTI, "At a time when higher education is facing some of its greatest challenges, its value both for individuals and for states is reinforced through the findings of a recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. In “The Economic Impact of Access to Public Four-Year Colleges,” Jonathan Smith et al. show through an examination of the University System of Georgia that access to public higher education leads to “substantial economic benefits for the marginal student,” and that the state roughly breaks even on its initial investment after 10 years. Although other studies have provided descriptive evidence that identify colleges as catalysts for economic mobility, the authors looked for causal evidence of the linkage and employ a novel approach through credit bureau data."
Dallas, TX - A new report released by the George W. Bush Institute has measured the impact that innovation research at U.S. universities and research institutions has had on the country’s economic development. The report, The Innovation Impact of U.S. Universities: Rankings and Policy Conclusions, examines and ranks institutions on four primary impact categories: commercialization, entrepreneurship, research, and teaching.
Columbus, OH - According to Colin Edwards of SSTI, "As discussion of innovation ecosystems remains near the front of science, technology, and innovation policy discussions — and resources are spent providing environments for creative exchange between researchers, industry, government, and entrepreneurs — substantive and empirical research is still lagging. However, a recent study sheds new light on the mechanisms and types of interactions that may contribute to the desired outcomes of promoting innovation ecosystems. Specifically, the study evaluates the effectiveness of combining two long-running, potentially complementary programs in encouraging increased engagement among ecosystem groups and individuals."
Philadelphia, PA - According to Knowledge@Wharton, "Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are wildly successful entrepreneurs, but they shouldn’t serve as the only models for aspiring founders. In fact, holding these men as the highest goalpost can be detrimental to the dreams of hardworking entrepreneurs who don’t look like them or come from the same academic or socioeconomic backgrounds. The latest research on startups offers quantitative evidence of something that Wharton management professor Ethan Mollick has long believed: Great entrepreneurs are made, not born. That’s the overarching message in his new book, The Unicorn’s Shadow: Combating the Dangerous Myths that Hold Back Startups, Founders, and Investors. Published by Wharton School Press, the book offers hard data to guide founders and correct popular assumptions about what it takes to build a winning company. Mollick, who is also co-founder and faculty director of Wharton Interactive, a simulation learning platform, recently sat down with Brett LoGiurato, senior editor at Wharton School Press, to discuss the book and his work at Wharton Interactive. (Listen to the podcast at the top of this page.)"
Philadelphia, PA - According to Knowledge@Wharton, "The coronavirus pandemic is causing heavy financial losses across industries — but that doesn’t mean entrepreneurs need to hold back until the economy recovers. “Don’t assume there’s not any money out there,” said Kathryn Stewart, founder and managing director of early-stage venture capital investment firm Cranbrook Capital. “It kind of depends, but [the situation is] not all dire.”"
Basking Ridge Student Creates 'She Can Stem' Website; Closing the Gap Between Men and Women in STEM Fields
Basking Ridge, NJ - According to Tap Into, "Tanya Dadlani, a rising senior at Ridge High School, recently started her Girl Scout Gold Award project, “She Can STEM.” The project attempts to close the gap between men and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields by making mentorship more accessible and facilitating the introduction of female role models in these fields."
Washington DC - According to Stephen Ezell, "If the United States is serious about maintaining its leadership in biopharmaceuticals, then it’s time for policymakers to articulate and embrace a robust sectoral competitiveness strategy. Nations are competing for increased market share in a wide array of advanced-innovation industries, understanding that these industries are the key to competitiveness, national security, and good jobs. China’s “Made in China 2025” strategy is perhaps the most visible of these efforts, but by no means the only one."
Trenton, NJ - Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean made the following statement in regards to the recently announced plan to help close the “digital divide” in education for the upcoming school year: “In February, with the threat of the coronavirus looming, I pushed the NJDOE to offer guidance to school districts on educating students across New Jersey in a remote learning environment, particularly for those who did not have access to the tools and resources needed to complete their instruction at home.
Newark, NJ - In response to the extreme challenges to clinical capacity posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, three New Jersey institutions – New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), University Hospital in Newark and The Tuchman Foundation – are collaborating in a unique partnership on the development of modular, mobile medical care facilities to be deployed to areas of surging disease outbreaks and other disasters, as well as to regions that lack health care infrastructure.
Basking Ridge, NJ - Collabera is pleased to announce the 2020 recipient of the fourth annual Collabera STEM Scholarship. The scholarship awards one female high school student with $2500 to put towards her Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) education for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Columbus, OH - According to Sarah Holbert, "The total number of science and engineering (S&E) degrees awarded grew from 520,474 in 2000 to 955,401 in 2018, an increase of 83 percent, according to National Science Foundation (NSF) data. The portion of S&E degrees awarded compared to all degrees has increased as well, from a 2000 average of 31 percent of all degrees awarded to an average of 34 percent in 2018. S&E degrees includes bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in areas such as life sciences, physical sciences and engineering."
Washington DC - According to SSTI, "The final wave of state career and technical education (CTE) plans have been approved under the new Perkins V Act, with innovation and workforce taking a front seat in the plans. Perkins V encourages states and territories to expand opportunities for every student to access educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success. Each state and territory crafted a plan to fulfill its promise of offering a robust CTE option for students following consultation with its key constituents representing education and workforce, business and industry, and parents and community partners."
Washington DC - According to AEI, "A strong majority of STEM graduates are satisfied in their jobs, and relatively few regret their major choice. When asked if they would recommend a STEM career to a young person, 95 percent of STEM workers with a STEM degree say yes. At the same time, over half of STEM degree-holders say the phrase “people feel like they are generally replaceable” describes the field very or somewhat well, and over 40 percent say that STEM employers would rather hire new workers than train current ones."
Cedar Knolls, NJ - Check out the new Summer 2020 NJMEP Manufacturing Matters newsletter! This interactive pdf highlights the latest manufacturing news, happenings in Trenton, informational articles and events. NJMEP Manufacturing Matters newsletter is also available as a complimentary pdf for download below.
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