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Freeman Hrabowski

With China training more English-speaking engineers than the United States and American school children continuing to lag behind their international peers in math and science, it is time for parents to demand that schools do better by their children, a blue-ribbon committee says.

A new education project from AAAS aims to prove that smart phones can be more than a classroom distraction. Instead, they can be a powerful tool for helping students and teachers collaborate on creative, hands-on science learning.

As Myanmar moves through an historic political transformation, scientific engagement is helping to shift its relationship with the United States from geopolitical tension to socially beneficial action. An article in the new issue of Science & Diplomacy, the free online publication from AAAS, details how science associations and top universities are leading this effort to work with counterparts in Myanmar.

Can the United States top the first moon walk, or the sequencing of the human genome?

The White House’s effort to reach scientists and engineers will culminate with AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society, leading an unprecedented call to action that urges scientists and engineers to offer input on science and technology priorities for the next generation.


Teachers Bertha Spahr and Robert Eshbach came from Dover, PA for the event.

The 34 young people who tell their stories in the new book, Roadmaps and Rampways, are either blind or deaf, or they may get around in wheelchairs or have learning disabilities. But their disabilities do not define them, and have not stopped them from taking jobs as biologists, computer scientists, mechanical engineers, and aerospace scientists.