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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NASA’s RapidScat Keeps Watchful Eye on Ocean Storms

On September 20, NASA launched an Earth science mission that is a hit with researchers and forecasters of hurricanes and other tropical cyclones. Designed and built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and lodged on the exterior of the International Space Station, the ISS-RapidScat scatterometer measures surface wind (more...)

Mayor Nutter’s Remarks To The Pontifical Council For The Family

Mayor Michael A. Nutter addressed the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome.  His remarks are as follows: “I’d like to recognize Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Bishop Jean Lafitte, Monsignor Carlos Simón Vázquez, leaders of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Bishop John McIntyre, Father Bill Donovan, (more...)

Below-Average Level of Students Taking AP Courses, Exams

State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, today outlined legislation that would expand access to and credit for advanced-placement classes in Pennsylvania. "Pennsylvania has a below-average level of students taking AP courses and exams. Studies indicate that even students who take AP courses and (more...)

Online Course Helps English Learners Improve Skills

This blog post by Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, was published on the State Department website on January 6. Massive Open Online Course Helps English Language Learners Improve Writing Skills By Evan M. Ryan International students connect the United States with the world. We (more...)

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...)

Millennium Challenge Corporation Approves Georgia Compact

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) board of directors has approved a five-year, $140-million compact with Georgia to invest in science and technology education and workforce development. “One of the key ingredients to economic growth is equipping citizens with the education and skills they need to succeed in a (more...)

U.S. Prepares for Insect Invasion 17 Years in the Making

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer They have been living at least 20 centimeters underground for the past 17 years. This spring billions of cicadas known as Magicicada septendecim will emerge to invade parts of the U.S. East Coast, filling the skies and trees and making a lot of noise. There (more...)

U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission Science Panel Meets in Moscow

Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John P. Holdren and Russian Minister of Education and Science Dimitry Livanov are co-chairing the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) Working Group on Science and Technology Cooperation April 4 in Moscow. Established (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

New Titan Supercomputer Named Fastest

The new “TOP500” list of the world’s fastest supercomputers released November 12 named Titan, a new supercomputer at the U.S. Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the most powerful in the world. Ten times more powerful than its predecessor, the Jaguar system, Titan

Curiosity to Begin Hands-On Science on Mars

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
The Curiosity rover is moving across the surface of Mars, approaching its first target to conduct contact science, gathering and analyzing samples of materials. In the true tradition of NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory managing the project, the ground team has named this target (more...)

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...)

Coastal Tribes Explore Effects of Climate Change

How climate change affects U.S. indigenous coastal cultures is the focus of a symposium called First Stewards, taking place on July at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. The coastal treaty tribes of Washington state — the Hoh, Makah, Quileute tribes and the Quinault (more...)


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