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Policy Update: President Bush Signs Competitiveness Bill

The following policy update is excerpted from the American Institute of Physics Bulletin, FYI Number 85, August 13, 2007 and FYI Number 86, August 15, 2007

"On August 9, President Bush signed into law H.R. 2272, the America COMPETES Act, intended to strengthen the nation's commitment to research and education. The bill represents a bipartisan, bicameral effort to expand and enhance U.S. basic research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to ensure the nation's continued competitiveness in the future." (FYI Number 85, August 13, 2007)

"...The bill expands or enhances programs such as the Noyce program of scholarships to recruit STEM majors to teaching; the STEM Talent Expansion Program to increase the number of students earning degrees in STEM fields; and NSF's Math and Science Partnership program. It establishes a Laboratory Science Pilot Program to improve the laboratory experience for high school students and calls for a study on lab equipment donations to schools. It provides a program of fellowships for STEM professionals to earn master's degrees with teaching certification and for teachers to enhance their skills and become master teachers. The bill also authorizes a program of grants for higher education institutions to create or improve professional science master's degree programs." (FYI Number 86, August 15, 2007)