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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FDA Approval Brings First Gene Therapy to the United States

Categories: Children,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Youth

Agency press release announces what it terms an historic action to approve a gene therapy, known as Kymriah for the treatment of leukemia in children and young adults. The cell-based gene therapy is approved for use in the U.S. for the treatment of patients up to 25 years of age. Includes links to additional information about the development.  From the Food and Drug Administration


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