Energy engineering students at Pennsylvania State University recently audited the energy usage of a local business through the school's Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology is scaling up its NCWIT AspireIT initiative, which enlists technical high school or college women in designing and leading computing programs for younger girls, to engage 10,000 middle school girls in learning computing concepts.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has selected 20 institutions for a new initiative called TIDES: Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM.
Upstate New York is experimenting with a program to encourage economic growth by eliminating all taxes for companies that team up with a state college or university, and Cornell University has its first customer.
Rice University is using a new $1.9 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to apply inquiry-based strategies to introductory science courses to encourage freshman undergraduates pursuing STEM-related majors.
Thanks to a $2.4 million grant, the University of Texas at Austin is growing its Freshman Research Initiative program, which seeks to lure students into science-related fields by providing research opportunities for freshmen.
STEM education seems to have hit a wall, at least at the graduate level. Graduate enrollments in science and engineering among American citizens and permanent residents actually declined for the first time in the last decade, according to new data released by the National Science Foundation. Meanwhile, enrollments for temporary visa holders increased in the same period.
The study of space garbage has found an academic home. The University of Maryland says it has established the Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research to act as a hub for academic, industry and government research collaboration on the topic of space debris.
Three multi-institutional projects are advancing their efforts to develop the architectures that may underlie the Internet of the future.
Bard College's digital humanities initiative — called Experimental Humanities — is getting a boost from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.