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Sputnik Moment

Why Today's Biomedical Revolution is The 'Sputnik Moment 2.0'

Jay S. Walker | Posted 04.25.2014 | Science
Jay S. Walker

This time, the future isn't above us -- it's inside us.

Duck and Cover: Educational Fallout Shelters for a Sputnik Moment

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.17.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

The following was originally published in Kevin's blog, I'd only been through this doorway a few hundred times in my life -- and ...

The Utopic Monster: Perry, Obama And Winning The Future

Jason Derr | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
Jason Derr

Winning the future means that the future is not a monster seeking to devour us but is instead a promised land of possibilities whose potential rests in us.

The Big Ideas Deficit

Matthew Kohut | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Kohut

The Sputnik moment for clean energy has not passed, and if reelected, President Obama may have another opportunity to do a big thing or two.

Laying-Off Teachers To Demonstrate How Much They Are Appreciated

David Coates | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
David Coates

At what point will the president tell the speaker of the House of Representatives that teacher appreciation is vital to the long-term economic health of this country? That point ought to be now.

Become a Teacher

Ronald Thorpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ronald Thorpe

No mushroom cloud appears when children lose interest in math and science in middle school, or when a teenager drops out.

So When Does the Sputnik Moment Begin?

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Deily-Swearingen

Why do we continue to funnel money into programs like additional gas wells in the New York State watershed instead of embracing newer, cleaner programs like wind and solar?

Obama Aims To Transform America's "Rust-Belt" Into A "Tech-Belt"

John Dearborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Dearborn

President Obama and his administration are doing what they need to do: shining the brightest spotlight possible on entrepreneurship as a solution to our nation's job crisis.

Gross National Happiness: The 10 Principles

Nancy Chuda | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nancy Chuda

President Obama's State of the Union address did not include what I consider the essential principles for living a vibrant and healthy life. Here are...

Spending Cuts: You Get What You Pay For

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

Politicians and policymakers are in no position to lament the conditions of our school system. After all, they are the ones to propose massive teacher lay-offs and funding cuts.

Sputnik, DARPA, and Rosa Parks Moments: Metaphors We Reform Education By

Audrey Watters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Audrey Watters

Sputnik or Rosa Parks -- one invokes national security and one invokes social justice.

We Need a Clean Energy Hiring Plan

David Foster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Foster

Winning the future won't happen if we stay stuck in the economic orthodoxy of the past. We need a clean energy hiring plan.

Green Building Wins the Future

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

In his State of the Union address, President Obama boldly proclaimed this to be our opportunity to win the future. But a huge part of winning that future is reducing our reliance on the fuels of the past.

The Danger of Cutting Federal Science Funding

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

Over the past two decades, I fear that we have reached a tipping point, where our top scientists are spending a larger and larger portion of their time raising funds and less and less time devoted to science.

Exploring The Middle Ground Between Science And Religion

Alan I. Leshner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alan I. Leshner

The scientific and religious communities are not opposing teams, and do share common interests and concerns.

Education Wars -- The Next Generation

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Some in the education field were cheered during the State of the Union speech by President Obama's call for people to go into teaching. Stirring call to service or patronizing pat on the head?

Embracing Your Personal 'Sputnik Moments'

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Sputnik Moments are not confined to countries. They happen in our personal lives as well and by definition, come when we least expect them.

This Generation's Sputnik Moment

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Van Ameringen

Around the world, food prices are surging, with protests breaking out across Northern Africa. And against this backdrop, the scourge of malnutrition continues to ravage more than one billion people.

Can't Forget About the Present as We Look to Future

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

The president sought to galvanize the nation around a single vision by using a metaphor from a time when the United States was losing the race to space. But is this really America's "Sputnik moment"?

A Hidden Prescription for Jobs: Global health R&D

John Edward Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Edward Porter

Global health research and development is not only in the health interest of Illinoisans -- it has also become a hidden engine for new jobs and economic growth.

Want to Raise Test Scores? Teach Science

Robert Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Robert Schwartz

The shame of the whole thing, as I've seen in some of the highest performing urban schools and districts -- integrating science into the rest of the curriculum produces higher test scores.

What Is President Obama's Sputnik Moment and What Is His Apollo Response?

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William K. Black

Obama declared that "this is our generation's Sputnik moment." But because he cannot tell us what "this" is, it's tough to use the metaphor to convince the nation that we should pay for the modern equivalent of a space race to address it.

State of the Union Predictions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is likely to lean more heavily on "reaching out" to Republicans. He knows full well that if anything legislative is going to get done in the next two years, Republicans are going to have to be on board.

Weekly Mulch: Why is the U.S. Losing the Clean Energy Race to China? Blame the Climate Cranks

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao touched on energy issues in the bilateral summit between t...

The 'Sputnik Moment' Epidemic: Is China Our New Russia?

Daniel K. Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel K. Gardner

Fear is the one common trigger of the recent Sputnik moment outbreak. Fear of being bettered educationally, economically, technologically -- the range of fears is varied, but the source of these fears is not. It's always traceable to China.