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2018 Science and Engineering Indicators

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2018/nsb20181/assets/nsb20181.pdf

Offers statistics on science and engineering education at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels, the science and engineering labor force, research and development trends in the U.S. and the world, academic and industry research, public understanding and support for sci-tech, and invention/innovation. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Beginning College Students Who Change Their Majors Within 3 Years of Enrollment

Categories: Education-Higher,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018434.pdf

Examines the rate at which students change majors and how it varies depending on degree program and field of study.  Math and natural sciences majors were the most likely to change after their initial declaration.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Women in STEM: 2017 Update

Categories: Careers,Labor/Employment,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Women

http://www.esa.gov/sites/default/files/women-in-stem-2017-update.pdf

Reports on the lagging participation of female workers in science, technology, engineering and math fields.  Finds that women filled 47% of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but only 24% of STEM jobs.  From the Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 1

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

https://science2017.globalchange.gov/

The first of two volumes.  States that global temperatures have warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and it is “extremely likely” that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause.  Includes sections on climate models, scenarios, precipitation and temperature changes, extreme storms, sea level rise, and more.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

 

NASA’s Research Efforts and Management of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Categories: Govt Procurement,Science/Technology

https://www.oversight.gov/sites/default/files/oig-reports/Final%20Report%20-%20IG-17-025%20-%20NASA%E2%80%99s%20Research%20Efforts%20and%20Management%20of%20Unmanned%20Aircraft%20Systems.pdf

Finds that NASA’s research will assist the Federal Aviation Administration in safely integrating drones or unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace, but criticizes the agency for loose handling of procurement and unauthorized acquisition of UAS assets.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Trends in the Department of Defense’s Support Costs

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53168-dodsupportcosts.pdf

Funding for support functions consumes more of the defense budget today than it did in the 1980s.  Largest increases were attributed to health care, communications infrastructure, the science/technology program, and DoD management.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Categories: Science/Technology

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-cassini-spacecraft-ends-its-historic-exploration-of-saturn

A collection of news features as the historic mission of exploring the planet of Saturn came to an end.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions, Fiscal Year 2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/fedsupport/2015/

A set of 37 data tables covering federal funds provided to colleges and universities including trends since 1963.  Provides special tables for the 100 institutions receiving the largest amounts.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

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