House Education & the Workforce Committee

Many interested organizations joined together last month at a summit addressing the size, training and capacity of the nation's science and engineering (S&E) workforce. Representatives from at least 40 scientific and engineering societies, government agencies, think tanks and professional associations gathered for a day and a half to present their views at this "Pan-organizational Summit on the U.S. S&E Workforce," sponsored by the National Academies' Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable.

13 Dec 2002

Data on the nation's science and engineering (S&E) workforce, from the National Science Board's "Science and Engineering Indicators: 2002," are highlighted in this FYI and the previous one, FYI #126.

20 Nov 2002

The nation's need for highly-trained workers to fill 21st century jobs, and its capacity to produce such a skilled workforce, are frequently discussed topics for policymakers and the science community alike. In order to consider future needs, it can be instructive to look at current information. An entire chapter of the National Science Board's "Science and Engineering Indicators: 2002" is devoted to recent data (through 1999) on the science and engineering (S&E) workforce.

20 Nov 2002

"Is the United States developing the human capital to remain the world's most productive economy while at the same time meeting a formidable new national security threat?" This question is posed in a new report, "The Quiet Crisis: Falling Short in Producing American Scientific and Technical Talent." The report indicates that the U.S. is not doing what is needed to develop the necessary S&T workforce for the future, and calls for greater efforts to increase the representation of women and minorities in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

11 Oct 2002

As the August congressional recess approached, subcommittees of the House Science Committee were active, holding oversight hearings on a number of programs and agencies under their jurisdiction. On July 18, the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee investigated concerns that, in the future, NASA will not have the S&T workforce it needs to fulfill its mission. U.S.

12 Aug 2002

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met in September to review work in progress on information technology, the science and engineering workforce, and nanotechnology. Final reports are scheduled to be released in coming months.

10 Oct 2003

Three recent hearings of the House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics are summarized below:

11 Jul 2003

It is "imperative that the Federal Government reassess its role and step forward with an aggressive effort to better prepare the Nation's S&E workforce," declares a new draft report by the National Science Board (NSB). Echoing several other recent reports, the NSB report warns of an impending crisis for the nation's science and engineering (S&E) enterprise if projections about S&E job growth, current workforce retirement rates, the number of American students pursuing S&E careers, and international competition for foreign S&E workers prove true.

17 Jun 2003

On November 18, the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) met for the last time in its current form. At the meeting, a substantial portion of time was devoted to the nuclear science and engineering workforce, and how best to educate, prepare, diversify and maintain it for the 21st century.

23 Nov 2004

NSF's Science Resources Statistics Division (SRS) collects information on many aspects of the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) workforce, including ethnicity, gender, occupational group and highest degree earned, from high school diploma to PhD. An "InfoBrief" issued by SRS in August examines "the occupational and demographic characteristics of individuals who have been successful in obtaining employment in S&E occupations with the academic credentials of an associate's degree or a high school diploma."

15 Nov 2004

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