Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), chairman of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, indicated this week Republican leaders intend to keep the same spending levels that they have been working on for the last year and ruled out the attempts to make large cuts to the non-defense budget. Additionally, Secretary DeVos indicated she is interested in restoring year-round access to Pell grants and that the current restrictions prevent students from graduating on time. Given President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Pell surplus, which is a possible funding source for year-round Pell Grants, it is unclear if the program will be restored this year, despite bipartisan support in Congress and advocates at the Department of Education. … [Read more...] about House Appropriators Examine Job Training Programs; President Proposes More Cuts to Department of Education
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All different types of information that you perceive go to different parts of the brain. After the brain perceives all that information, it travels to an area of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus integrates all that information and forms a memory. It also decides whether you need to remember this information for now or for later. … [Read more...] about Blue Sky Science: How does the brain remember things?
Even if university administrators and federal officials reward profitable science, the scientists I spoke with say that profits are rarely their motivation. Commercialist scientists in academia certainly do not dismiss the importance of revenues or resources for research, but societal impact and the pursuit of status in science were more highly prized by the scientists in my study. Being able to claim that you reduced the cost of making a vaccine to less than the cost of the bottle in which it is stored, for example, is a new way to stand out at a university where most scientists are publishing in the top journals in their field. In this respect, self-interest – generating money and prestige – can coincide with the public good. … [Read more...] about With federal funding for science on the decline, what’s the role of a profit motive in research?
Computer Science Education Week is a perfect time to highlight this new administration effort — called Youth CareerConnect — to inspire and prepare girls and boys in communities across the country to be the designers, programmers, engineers, and innovators of the future through increasing their access to hands-on, real-world-relevant education and skills. … [Read more...] about New Grants to Help More Students Pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Careers
Unlike the companion Senate bill, the House legislation does not restore year-round Pell Grants. The subcommittee rejected an amendment along party lines introduced by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) that would have reinstated the benefit, which was eliminated in 2011. Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) said that while he opposed including year-round Pell in the bill, it was an idea that’s “on the table for discussion” with the Senate. The measure now heads to the full House Appropriations Committee where it is expected to be marked up next week. … [Read more...] about House Moves Forward Perkins CTE Reauthorization and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill; WIOA Final Rules Released