SSTI’s Staff Picks 1/31/12 (Collection of Articles on Tech Trends)

GAO Report Finds Overlap in Federal STEM Programs 
To avoid potential duplication, the GAO recommends government STEM programs need to be guided by a robust strategic plan. Read more …

Survey Finds Youth Unlikely to Enter STEM Fields 
At the same time as the reported government overlap, a recent study finds 60 percent of young people surveyed named at least one factor preventing them from pursing work in this field. Read more …

State Funding for Higher Ed Continues to Decline 
Inside Higher Ed reports on the annual Grapevine study, which finds state funding for higher education fell 7.6 percent in 2011-12. The report offers a good comparative chart for states' spending on higher education.Read more …

Private Donation Establishes Tech Commercialization Fund 
A University at Buffalo faculty member has donated anonymously $1 million to establish a fund that supports commercializing the discoveries and inventions of his colleagues. Read more …

FedDev Ontario Investing $5M for Advanced Manufacturing 
The funding will expand a program already in place to provide manufacturers with more advanced software and help in implementing new processes or materials. Read more …

Attributed to: SSTI (State Science and Technology Institute)

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