Photo credit: Billion Oyster Project/CCERS Having been a student, professor, college administrator, parent and now director of a federal agency, the onset of the school season has always played an important role in my life. Every year I am excited by our country’s growing emphasis on engaging increasingly diverse students in STEM fields early in … Continue reading The Future is STEM
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and I was on hand to help celebrate – and participate in the Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit. I shared some thoughts on where NSF can have the greatest impact on fundamental scientific research in the future. This is an exciting – and … Continue reading A visit to Hong Kong
An excerpt from my recent Working Life editorial in Science. I am often asked, “What advice can you give to graduate students?” When this happens I have to pause a moment, as I was an unusual case: an English-major undergraduate who went on to graduate study in physics. The first thing that comes to mind … Continue reading Embrace Uncertainty
Late last month, I made a trip to California to visit NSF-funded researchers and facilities in San Francisco and San Diego. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk with students, faculty and administrators about their work and why it matters. The week started at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, where I gave … Continue reading
Over the last decade, the share of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees for U.S. Hispanic or Latino students grew from 7.2 to 9.9 percent and master’s degrees from 4.1 to 5.9 percent, according to NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Although these numbers are increasing, more needs to be done to ensure a … Continue reading Hispanics in science and engineering
Photos from my visit to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Permafrost Tunnel Tour and a few caribou! Stay tuned for more photos and comments from my visit to Alaska this week, including an exciting visit to NSF’s Sikuliaq on Friday.
Photo credit: NASA JPL I recently had a homecoming of sorts: The chance to visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and speak at their Women in STEM luncheon. I began my science career at Caltech – the academic home of JPL – studying astrophysics, and later served as NASA’s chief scientist. So it was gratifying to … Continue reading Sharing life lessons on succeeding in STEM