Yes, that gear-set was an eye-catcher. Kudos to the photog and editor.
But the headline and program are deceptive; there are no "STEM careers" in the USA for US citizens anymore, merely STEM temp gigs, which dry up for the vast majority when they reach an age of 35-40 years. Full-time long-term US citizen STEM pros have been under-bid by guest-workers and off-shore workers. (See today's PBS story on job-hunting.)
July 25, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
They look like average middle-class folks in the picture, but the article makes them seem driven by emotion and unreason.
It is interesting how different people can watch/listen to the same coverage, and believe that it is so totally different, and also fail to see through the spin.
And I agree that we should all keep our arms to protect ourselves, our families, our neighbors, co-workers, and friends, including these folks, from initiators of force and fraud.
God Bless America. Baruch atta HaShem, Adonai Tzebayoth, Melek ha aulem, Al shedai, Al chai, Al chesed, Al tzedek. (Blessed is God, Lord of Hosts, King of the universe/eternity, God Almighty, God of life, God of mercy, God of justice/righteousness/piousness/charity.)
July 21, 2013 at 3:56 p.m.
They should get "grades" from the students and alumni who use/used these "centers". We've read of high schools which graduate students who are functioning at an 8th grade level or less, and universities graduating students who are at a high school level.
The proof is in whether they have full-time long-term employment -- careers -- in their chosen fields. But we must also recognize that gathering such information is slightly more difficult and a lot more likely to be embarrassing to the powers that be.
July 18, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.
I've run across old histories which referred to similar problems in records-keeping from the early 1800s. They knew back then not to store them in basements... but, of course, if you stored them on the top floor they'd be subject to heat and drying damage and tornadoes. Risk cannot be eliminated, but redundancy is the friend of official records.
July 17, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
The other reason a C was OK back then but not now is that there's been a lot of grade inflation...
and, on a more positive note, the efforts by profs and adjuncts (though not so much by the TAs) seem to have increased to answer questions and help the students understand better how the pieces of info fit together.
July 1, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.
Yes, science and tech are interesting and fun... but don't count on it being a life-long career.
The USA has millions of STEM professionals unemployed or involuntarily out of field (as NSF calls it).
June 25, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.
What has changed since 1984 is the additional materials and methods. The early prototypers added thin layers of plaster of paris, so the resulting objects were weak.
Then we added the capability to layer up various plastics.
And now we can sinter together bits of metal alloy powder. They're still not as durable as some kinds of metals, though, cast, forged and then milled to spec... but it's usually faster and cheaper... and the metals are getting better.
There was a young girl who was fitted with custom cyborg arms, someone else a couple years back got an artificial jaw-bone. With 3-D laser scanning and prototyping, such customization is much easier than it used to be. You could use it to make individual teeth, for instance. You can use it to scan fossil bones and fit the pieces together using a combination of automation software and intuitive manipulation... without damaging the originals.
Nearly a century ago, they were manufacturing hand-guns using layers of sheet-metal, cut and then riveted together... but people were used to that. The hoplophobes have to keep seeking new ways to shock the gullible out of their reason.
June 10, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
It is interesting that both the Dems and Reps have zipped into action to drain funds out of other parts of the economy to divert them to their friends, families, and campaign supporters, while siccing the federal extortionists on their presumed enemies. TARP, porkulus 1 and 2, ObummerDoesn'tCare, Fast & Furious and the Benghazi arms give-aways and subsequent cover-up attempts are only a small part of the corruption.
After a big fuss, congress finally ended the exemption of themselves, staffers, and corresponding people in the executive branch from the insider trading restrictions... then, just a few weeks later, quietly re-enabled most of them to continue insider trading.
June 3, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
And why does this surprise you? I'd expect a lot of people to avoid doctors, now that abandonment of the Hippocratic oath a couple decades back, the upside-down HIPAA and ObummerDoesn'tCare have essentially eiminated all medical privacy.
GE and Siemens have busily been facilitating doctors' private files being digitized and shipped to Indian and Washington DC, even over individual patients' (and US software professionals') objections.
They grill allergy sufferers at the pharmacies for their Socialist Insecurity Numbers and other personal private info for what was a staple of OTC treatment, while handing out abortifaciants anonymously to the under-aged.
We heard just this morning that HHS had shipped personal private medical records of some 20 million people to the IRS, totally without the victims' permission.
May 17, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.
But what will they do for a living once they reach 35?
April 22, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.