Author Archive: George Goodno

George Goodno

George is the Director of State Policy Communications at BIO and enjoys the opportunity to advocate for and educate audiences about the positive societal and economic impact of the bioscience industry. Another great aspect of his job is getting to work with BIO’s broad network of state bioscience associations to help advance legislative and regulatory initiatives that will continue to improve this high-skill, high-wage industry. In his spare time, he enjoys running, skiing, hiking, gardening, and most of all, spending time with his awesome wife and two daughters.

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Why Are Women Underrepresented in Scientific Fields?

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Last week, I wrote about the systemic failure of public schools to prepare kids for science and math focused jobs. These aren’t just theoretical jobs of tomorrow, they are well-paid positions that American employers literally can’t fill fast enough. Despite this nation’s poor international ranking in both math and science educational achievement, tech focused jobs in the U.S. have grown at three times the normal pace through this past decade. This trend is expected to Read More >

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Bioscience Economic Development Needs Key Ingredients

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Realizing that entrepreneurship is a key ingredient in economic development, states and localities continue to support programs that assist bioscience businesses and capitalize on the regional presence of universities and/or federal laboratories. With this fact in mind, Peter M. Pellerito, a senior policy consultant at BIO, and I recently collaborated on a report that investigates what specific steps have been taken across the United States as a means of attracting bioscience companies and expanding job Read More >

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Science Education in Deep Trouble; Report Shows Sad State of Affairs

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American business leaders rue the lack of home-grown skilled workers. This is a problem governors and legislators have been acknowledging for years. However, a recent report from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute indicates that many states continue to ignore the need for strong science curriculums as a means of producing workers for an increasingly high-tech economy. This quote says it all: “American science performance is lagging as the economy becomes increasingly high tech, but our Read More >

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The Case of Misplaced Mountain Magnolias

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Amidst the mountains of western North Carolina rests a stand of Sweetbay magnolia trees. This hardly sounds noteworthy, but this story gets interesting. This species of magnolias wouldn’t be easily confused with the much more popular ornamental varieties that are ubiquitous to well manicured southern lawns. Like their popular cousins, these scrawny trees don’t belong in the mountains. They prefer coastal, swampy habitats with wet soils. They are outliers in their present location. So where did Read More >

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2011 BIO International Convention Governors Highlight Reel

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The 2011 BIO International Convention brought together over 15,000 leaders from industry, government and academia who are working to solve some of the sector’s biggest challenges. Last year’s event was a highly successful meeting with representation from all fifty states and 65 nations involved in innovation and manufacturing of life science technologies for the marketplace. We were honored to host governors from 11 U.S. states as they promote their bioscience economic development endeavors. Here’s a Read More >

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