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Breaking down engineering's role in STEM education

July 14, 2016

One of my colleagues in the Civil Engineering Department at Pitt recently asked me what attributes I believe are necessary for students to succeed as engineers in the “real world.” My immediate reaction was a string of adjectives -- intelligent, hard-working, creative, trustworthy, open-minded, etc. -- which sounded more like the Boy Scout Law than a recipe for success as an engineer.

New 'large and bright' dwarf planet discovered in our solar system

July 14, 2016

Using a telescope at the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, scientists have discovered a new dwarf planet in our solar system, a body about 435 miles across that lacks a name and that researchers still know little about. The new dwarf planet, dubbed 2015 RR245, has such a huge, highly elliptical orbit that it takes an astonishing 700 Earth years to complete one trip around the sun...

Congress kicks off coding competition

July 13, 2016

Kids don't have to go to the app store to find games, piano lessons and chemistry tutorials anymore -- because they're creating their own. Starting July 18, high school students will be able to show off their STEM and coding skills through the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide competition that could land winners a trip to the nation's capital.

Drone Regulators Struggle to Keep Up With the Rapidly Growing Technology

July 12, 2016

Drone technology is developing so quickly -- and morphing into commercial uses never before contemplated -- that aviation regulators are having trouble keeping pace. Air-safety authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have acknowledged that traditional rule making is too slow and rigid to cope with the rapidly expanding applications of the flying machines...

Why do women lead STEM dropouts?

July 12, 2016

Women are fleeing the lab in larger numbers than men. Despite years of effort to encourage female students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and math - so called STEM fields - a new study by researchers at the University of Missouri finds that gender is a primary indicator in dropout rates for college programs.