Students Built Robots to Enter This Global Competition

By Caitlin M. Quinn Photo - (State Dept./D.A. Peterson) Alejandra Mercado Avalos had never written a line of computer code before January. She had never built a robot before April. She had never left Nicaragua before July. So it was a big deal when the
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City Of Philadelphia Selected As A Microsoft CityNext Showcase City

The City of Philadelphia was named a Showcase City last week as a part of Microsoft Corporation CityNext, a global initiative to empower cities, businesses and citizens to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities.  As a Showcase City, Philadelphia will receive at least three years of priority attention (more...)

Artist Envisions Next Mars Rover

Planning for NASA’s 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on the design and engineering work done for the NASA rover Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012, but with new science instruments selected through competition for accomplishing different science objectives. Above is an artist’s (more...)

Obama Administration Prods Congress on Immigration Reform

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The Obama administration has laid out proposals to Congress to enable undocumented people in the United States to earn citizenship. “Currently there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants present in the United States,” Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said before the Senate Judiciary (more...)

USAID Engages Universities in Development Solutions

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has created a network of seven leading U.S. and international universities to develop innovative solutions to global development challenges. The university partnerships will tap research faculty and students to catalyze the development and application of new science, technology
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Mars Flight Director Gains Celebrity as “Mohawk Guy”

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
The world was watching the control room August 6 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the question on everybody’s mind was, “Will the craft land safely on Mars?” But apparently many were also asking, “Who’s that dude with the Mohawk-style haircut at the console?” That dude (more...)

U.S. Government Expands Program for International Students

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced May 11 an expanded list of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension. The department said the action builds on a series of administrative reforms (more...)

Girl Scouts Celebrate Centennial

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The U.S. Girl Scout movement is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, with plans to make greater use of technology to reach more girls and teach them leadership skills. “Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better (more...)

More Math and Science Students and Teachers

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Even as President Obama welcomed a crowd of more than 100 students with their science exhibits to the White House February 7, he made it clear he wants to see a whole lot more. At the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners (more...)

Yulia Khitrova: On the Cutting Edge of Business

By Kathryn McConnell
Staff Writer
Yulia Khitrova is one of the participants in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum’s Women and the Economy Summit, which takes place September 13–16 in San Francisco. Washington — Yulia Khitrova decided to leave her formerly promising job at a public research institute in (more...)

Ursula Burns’ Path to Success in the Fortune 500

There are four African Americans serving as chief executives in the Fortune 500, Fortune magazine’s ranking of the top U.S. companies. Among this small group of trailblazers, Ursula Burns of Xerox Corporation has the distinction of being the only black female to serve as the chief executive of (more...)

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