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Vertex Scientist Inspires Students with Aha! Moments

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As a senior research scientist in protein biochemistry at Vertex, Bryan Vought, PhD, can measure his career as a series of ‘aha moments.’ “What is missing in the classroom is the thrill of these moments, when you know you have discovered something truly spectacular… these moments are the essence of exciting science,” said Dr. Vought. “Science in the classroom is akin to a foreign language course, they have to learn the language before they can Read More >

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Brazil Reaches Beyond Borders to Strengthen STEM Education

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The Brazilian government has set an aggressive goal: To train 101,000 Brazilian students and researchers in top universities worldwide in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by 2014. Launched in 2011, the Science without Borders program is a Brazilian scholarship program, primarily funded by the government of Brazil, that seeks to strengthen and expand science and technology initiatives, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers. Brazilian students and Read More >

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“America Speaks” Poll Shows Health Research is Key to Economic Recovery

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By Mary Woolley, President of Research!America Research!America’s 12th edition of America Speaks, an annual summary of our public opinion polls, shows that Americans are deeply concerned about our country’s ability to create jobs and compete globally. In fact, 77 percent of those polled say that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge in science, technology and innovation and more than half of Americans (58 percent) do not believe we are making enough progress in medical Read More >

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The Future of the Bioscience on Display in Arizona

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In this increasingly global economy, science education programs in America are the vital pipeline for developing the bioscience workforce of the future. Sadly, only 52 percent of 12th graders are at or above a basic level of achievement in the sciences, and for 8th graders only 57 percent are at a basic level of achievement. This is why BIO is such a strong advocate of programs that encourage and support students who have an interest Read More >

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Incentivizing Biotech Growth; States and Regions Look to Stand Out from the Crowd

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The United States’ prolonged economic woes have drastically impacted state budgets, causing across-the-board program cuts and reassessment of priorities. The bioscience industry was not immune to the crisis, but did begin to rebound much faster than many other industries. Because the biosciences remain a source of high-wage, high-skill jobs, almost every state in the country is actively engaged in building fundamental industry infrastructure. State-sponsored programs to encourage investment and help bioscience companies leverage existing resources Read More >

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