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November 7, 2012
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  • Graduate students share energy research in middle, high schools
    Middle and high schools in the Reno, Nev., area have several guest instructors this fall, as graduate students from the University of Nevada visit classrooms and provide inspiration for studying science and engineering. The program is funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation and seeks to help teachers and students learn more about developments in energy research, and get them excited about innovation and exploration in science and engineering. KRNV-TV (Reno, Nev.) (11/5) Email this Story
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  • Ill. university launches engineering research, design institute
    The University of Illinois College of Engineering is reaching out to companies and others, offering its new research institute as an opportunity for businesses to help design and test new products. "We see the Applied Research Institute as an opportunity in another way to be able to have impact" on economic development and society in general, said Michael Bragg, interim dean of the College of Engineering. "We want to make an impact on the world and the community and state." The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (11/6) Email this Story
  • University examines science, technology of safe driving
    Ohio State University is using high-tech equipment to find ways to help prevent distracted driving in the future. With the support of industry partner Honda, OSU's $1.3 million Driving Simulation Laboratory will study drivers' heart rates, eye movements and other aspects of driving to better understand how drivers of all ages react with the steering wheel in their hands. EHS Today (11/6) Email this Story
  • The jobs are there, but qualified STEM professionals are needed
    Job demands for scientists and engineers are available in many industries, but schools need to do a better job inspiring students to see the potential for innovation and opportunity in science, technology, engineering and math fields, Francisco D'Souza, CEO of Cognizant, writes in this guest post. He also challenges industry to be proactive in providing schools and communities with support for STEM opportunities that will help inspire young people to pursue an education focused on science and technology. Forbes (11/5) Email this Story
  • Chemical production is indicator for global economy
    The global chemical market provides a good gauge for the global economy as the industry's output is a building block for various consumer products, according to Anton Ticktin, a partner at investment bank Valence. The shale gas boom in the U.S. is set to spur industries such as construction, given the cost advantages enjoyed by U.S. producers. "Chemicals go into everything, they are part of the first step into the creation of so many different products," which provides "insight into the state of so many industries and sectors," Ticktin said. Forbes (11/1)
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