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February 4, 2013
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  • 2 universities increase focus on STEM
    The University of Connecticut would receive about $1.5 billion from the state as part of the Next Generation Connecticut proposal, which seeks to use the money to increase enrollment, hire more faculty and open more science, technology, engineering and math facilities across the university's three campuses. Texas A&M University is following suit with its "25 by 25" initiative, which focuses on increasing the number of students majoring in engineering. (2/1) Email this Story
  • STEM subjects attract higher rates of students with autism
    In this blog post, Anna Kuchment recalls a study that showed higher percentages of students with autism pursue majors in science, technology, engineering and math than students without disabilities. Kuchment looks at researchers' theories for this trend, noting that one possible explanation may be that individuals with autism tend to be more logical and systematic, and less emotional, in their thinking. Scientist blog (2/1) Email this Story
  • Del. entrepreneurs get help from university students
    University of Delaware engineering and business students are helping entrepreneurs in the region turn their ideas into businesses. The program is called "Spin In" and involves entrepreneurs submitting their ideas to the university and allowing students to see if they can create a viable product. "It's not an academic exercise," said David Weir, director of the university's Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, which developed the program. "They're getting real world experience." The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (2/2) Email this Story
  • Texas companies foster "engineers in training"
    Before an engineering graduate can become a licensed engineer in Texas, he or she must get work experience and prepare for the licensing exam. Leaders of the nonprofit American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston say businesses are taking steps to support these "engineers in training" through sessions that explain what's expected of them as employees, including how to dress properly, the importance of arriving on time and interacting with clients. Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (2/1) Email this Story
  • High-school students earn college credits in Calif. district program
    Vacaville Unified School District in California is joining dozens of other districts around the state to allow high-school students to earn up to 60 college credit hours before graduation. The Early College High School program is aimed primarily at student populations with low graduation rates in high school and college, and will focus on increasing the number of math and science courses students take before graduation, education officials say. The Reporter (Vacaville, Calif.) (2/2)
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