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Hands-On Research Is a Critical Part of the New Next Generation Science Standards

(14) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 6:29 PM

In my role as president of Society for Science & the Public, I'm often invited to speak to the leaders of science fairs in countries that participate in SSP's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I'm frequently asked, albeit politely, why the biggest economic powerhouse in the world...

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Hands-on Learning Boosts Success in the Classroom and Beyond

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 6:27 PM

As we watch our children go back to school this time of year, we have great hopes -- but also some fear -- for their future. Unemployment in the United States is at 8.1 percent and the economy continues to struggle. We worry about whether our children will be able...

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STEM Education = Scientific Success

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 3:53 PM

Yesterday I watched as the world's top young high school scientists, researchers and innovators took home more than $3 million in awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Each of these competing students -- more than 1,500 from nearly...

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Science Needs Nonpartisan Advocates

(11) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 11:26 PM

Science and technology are not just for scientists. Without them, we wouldn't be able to treat cancer or diabetes; enjoy instantaneous communication; drive, fly, or ride across the country; read this piece on an iPad; and so much more that we take for granted today.

That's why it can...

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Conspiracy of Love Leads to Remarkable Scientific Achievement

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 10:35 AM

Long Island teenager Samantha Garvey is one of 300 semifinalists of the Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public, selected from among more than 1,800 U.S. high school seniors. Many have dedicated themselves to scientific research for years. They were required to...

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Supporting a Partnership that Advances Science Education

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 5:49 PM

Science is not just for the biologist, examining cells in her lab, or the engineer, building new bridges. Science isn't even just for the cancer patient who is healing as a result of a new treatment, or the family who moved out of the path of a tornado in time,...

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STEM Degrees Provide Value Even in Non-STEM Careers

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 6:37 PM

Why are so many young people intimidated by science? We may be happily past the negative rap of the "geek factor," thanks to famously successful role models in Steve Jobs, Sally Ride, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, and others. But science can invoke the natural tendency, especially of young people,...

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Science Transcends the Lab -- and the Silver Screen

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 11:45 AM

As was well chronicled in The New York Times yesterday, Natalie Portman, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress on Sunday for her work in The Black Swan, is an alumna of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science...

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Young Scientists Inspire the President and the Nation

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 1:20 PM

One of the greatest privileges of serving as President of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is the front-row seat to the impressive accomplishments of students from around the world. What these students theorize and put into practice are beyond any reasonable expectation of scientists their age;...

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Opportunity for the Next Generation of Innovators

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 1:11 PM

A lot of attention is currently being paid to the United States education system. While the statistics are often discouraging for a proud nation, the increased exposure is encouraging for those of us concerned with science education. Perhaps at no point in our nation's history has our focus been so...

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