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The 2019 S-STEM Symposium, co-hosted by NSF and AAAS, brought together more than 600 members of the STEM higher education community.

Several major science and technology funders are set to see at least modestly increased funding, if Congress can reach final agreement.

John B. Goodenough, an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their work in developing the lithium-ion battery.

James Peebles, a cosmologist and AAAS Fellow, has received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics along with astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz.

Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, where air quality levels can decline simply because of someone’s presence, the products used inside or the activities undertaken there, according to experts on indoor air chemistry.

William G. Kaelin Jr., a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Gregg L. Semenza and Peter J. Ratcliffe for their research unveiling how cells “sense and adapt” to oxygen levels.

The University of Florida (UF) is a land grant university with a large cooperative extension service – which often finds itself in the middle of shifting cultural and economic trends and differences between the state’s rural and urban populations. Roger Kjelgren is director of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Mid-Florida Research and Education Center. Bridging the gap between rural and urban communities is one of his long-term public engagement goals. He wants to create interest in agriculture among the growing urban population, to help support it as an ongoing, viable industry. One way he is approaching this is through the local food movement, which is making people in urban areas “stakeholders in what they eat, how it is grown, and the impact on the environment. [Locally grown food] is a social amenity,” says Kjelgren.

Even when very busy, community engagement never really takes a backseat for Alexis Racelis. Working with farmers along the border of Texas and Mexico, Racelis helps develop and evaluate conservation agriculture practices to improve soil health, and thus increase both crop productivity and climate change benefits (through better carbon storage). “[Community engagement is] how I was trained. I do participatory action research. And in food and water security, these are issues we have to address now,” he says. “Engagement is key. It’s not necessarily something we can just do on the side… We can’t get it done unless the farmers and other stakeholders participate.”