Magazine article ASEE Prism

A Warning on Research

Magazine article ASEE Prism

A Warning on Research

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THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD is raising the alarm about America's global position in science and technological innovation. Every two years, the board releases a comprehensive, policy-neutral study of the state of academic, industrial and governmental research and development. Among the new findings: American grade school students continue to perform poorly compared with peers elsewhere, the United States has a shrinking proportion of world bachelor's degrees, and since 2002, the U.S. trade balance in advanced technology products has gone from a surplus to a deficit.

Because of the disturbing trends, the NSB released a companion report, Research and Development: Essential Foundation for U.S. Competitiveness in a Global Economy. It calls for more funding for basic research,"intellectual interaction" between industry and academia and better tracking by government agencies of globalization trends. …

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