President Introduces New Initiative to Expand Computer Science Education

Washington, D.C. – President Obama has a message for young students: coding isn’t just for nerdy white guys anymore. Obama’s “Computer Science for All Initiative,” which will be part of his upcoming FY 2017 budget request, expected to be released on February 9, provides $4 billion in funding for states and $100 million for districts… Read More President Introduces New Initiative to Expand Computer Science Education

A Not-So-Icy View of the Arctic

Washington, D.C. – Scientists studying one of Earth’s most extreme regions gave brief, TED-like talks to demonstrate the pervasive impact of climate change during a free, public event. “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic,” many of the speakers said throughout the event, titled “Arctic Matters: The Global Connection to Changes… Read More A Not-So-Icy View of the Arctic

Science in Obama’s Final State of the Union

Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address called on Americans to work together to lead the world through “a time of extraordinary change,”  including scientific examples like medical breakthroughs and energy initiatives. It is “change that’s reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place… Read More Science in Obama’s Final State of the Union

Want More Science in Presidential Debates? There’s a Nonprofit for That

A nonprofit organization is on a mission to get presidential candidates talking science on a public stage. The nonpartisan group, ScienceDebate.org, has been firing candidates with crowdsourced-, scientists-approved questions about the future of federally funded basic research, the importance of revitalizing global oceans and ways to ensure food security, among other topics, since the 2008… Read More Want More Science in Presidential Debates? There’s a Nonprofit for That

Lawmakers Promote Timely Boost to Mining Education

Members of Congress in neon yellow and bright white safety hats gathered in an underground mining classroom to discuss how to halt and reverse the fall of mining education programs, bolster the aging mining workforce and maintain global economic competitiveness. The legislative field hearing focused on the “Mining Schools Enhancement Act,” H.R. 3734, which provides… Read More Lawmakers Promote Timely Boost to Mining Education

Geologists Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief: Congress Passes Favorable Omnibus Appropriations for 2016

Washington, D.C. – Lawmakers increased science funding in part of a trillion dollar bill to fund the government through September 30, 2016. The Omnibus Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016 passed the House on December 18 with a vote of 316 to 113 – the vast majority of Democrats and over half of Republicans voted in… Read More Geologists Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief: Congress Passes Favorable Omnibus Appropriations for 2016

Updated: Potential New USGS Director Questioned at Senate Nomination Hearing

Update: Washington, D.C. – The Senate confirmed Suzette Kimball to be the Director of the USGS on December 18. Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, said in a statement, “I am pleased the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Suzette Kimball to this important leadership post in the Administration. As a geophysicist and veteran of decades… Read More Updated: Potential New USGS Director Questioned at Senate Nomination Hearing