Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


Federal Research Funding Drops 9 Percent in Latest Data

New data reveal that annual federal funding for research has dropped 9 percent in the post-stimulus era, losing about $6 billion after 2010, with no overall improvement expected at least through 2013.

Carnegie Mellon U Project Aims To Improve the Web for People with Disabilities

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have received a $748,000 grant to develop methods for improving the Web and cloud applications for people with disabilities.

UNIT4 Releases Agresso Research Costing and Pricing

UNIT4, the maker of the Agresso Education ERP suite, has released a costing and pricing tool for university research projects that was developed in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

Texas A&M, UT Austin Bring Geosciences to High Schools

The DIG Texas program has received federal funding to bring its activities to the high school level. DIG Texas is a statewide, multi-institutional effort — led by Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin — whose aim is to increase diversity in geosciences and to give teachers in Texas training and resources to teach geosciences more effectively.

12 Programs Receive STEM Grants To Encourage Minority Participation

The United States Department of Education has awarded more than $2.7 million in grants to 10 colleges and universities under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.



NSF Awards $20 Million for Quantum Materials Center, Affiliated College Network

Harvard University will lead a new multi-institutional center for the study of quantum materials for computing. The center will also support an affiliated college network whose aim is to attract students from traditionally underrepresented groups into STEM careers.

Rice Researchers Developing Optical Network To Master Big Data Management

A grant-funded network initiative at Rice University will be researching development of high-performance, low-power, optical networking devices and programmable packet switches at the same time it provides a new way for researchers on campus to manage the piles of data they're generating in their projects.

Caltech, Penn State Teams Receive $10 Million NSF 'Expeditions in Computing' Awards

Teams led by researchers at California Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University have each won Expeditions in Computing awards for fundamental research in computer science.

Student-Designed Homes Mix Sustainability with Function and Form

Twenty teams of college students will congregate in a park in Irvine, CA to set up solar-powered houses to compete in the bi-annual Solar Decathlon, put on by the United States Department of Energy.

U Michigan Hackathon Set To Draw More Than 1,200 Competitors

For 36 hours beginning Sept. 20, more than 1,200 undergraduate computer programmers will descend on the University of Michigan's football stadium to participate in "the most epic hackathon," MHacks 2013.