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The technological revolution is creating new wealth in the United States, yet the percentage of the working-age population with jobs has not rebounded, and “toxic thinking” continues to hinder innovation, experts said at the 2012 AAAS Forum on S&T Policy.

Wealth distribution represents another challenge to broad economic recovery, speakers said during a session that asked the question, “Can the United States Innovate Its Way to Jobs and Economic Recovery?”

The renowned AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program this month entered into a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will provide $30.1 million in support for hundreds of scientists and engineers.

“The EPA award is a wonderful testament to AAAS, to the program, and to the Fellows,” said Program Director Cynthia Robinson. “It is also a fine way to mark the launch of the 30th annual cohort of Fellows at the EPA.”