September 19, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended an Afterschool Alliance congressional briefing on "21st Century Community Learning Centers: Improving STEM Education during Out-of-School Time." Speakers included Time Warner Cable Vice President of External Affairs and Policy Counselor Fernando Laguarda, who discussed Time Warner's Connect a Million Minds initiative; Science Club for Girls Executive Director Connie Chow; and Exploratorium Center for Informal Learning and Schools Director Bronwyn Bevan. The Afterschool Alliance recently released a report on STEM learning in informal education.
September 8, 2011
August 19, 2011
The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services is hosting a Federal Markets Conference on Thursday, September 22, in Washington, D.C. NSPE members are encouraged to attend this one-day event, where key federal agencies from the water and transportation infrastructure, defense and security, natural resources, buildings, and international markets will present information on their current programs, anticipated FY12 budget, and requirements for private-sector services on the horizon.The registration fee is $195.
August 12, 2011
The National Institute of Standards and Technology named Steven L. McCabe, P.E., Deputy Director of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. McCabe holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Prior to joining NIST, McCabe served as Chief Executive Officer of NEES Consortium, Inc., where he was responsible for managing and operating the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.
August 9, 2011
Shortly before the House adjourned for August recess, Reps. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) and Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) introduced a resolution (H.R. 378) advocating the inclusion of science education in the accountability system set forth in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Congress has yet to reauthorize the law despite President Obama's call for the bill to be finished before the beginning of the school year. The STEM Education Coalition, of which NSPE is a member, was instrumental in crafting the resolution. The STEM Education Coalition supports STEM programs for teachers and students at the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs.
August 5, 2011
The NSPE Board of Directors approved revisions to the Nuclear Electric Power position statement. The statement now reflects NSPE's position that professional engineers should be required to have direct supervision over all engineering design, operations, and maintenance decisions at nuclear power plants. Read more about NSPE's positions on important issues here.
July 26, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations attended a National Association of Business PACs discussion with Federal Election Commission Chair Cynthia Bauerly. NSPE is a member of NABPAC, an association that provides information on legal trends and best practices in political action committees. PACs are the most strictly regulated method of contributing to candidates for elected office. For more information on NSPE's political action committee, please visit the NSPE-PAC Web site.
July 19, 2011
For the first time, the National Research Council's Framework for K–12 Science Education recommends including engineering in science standards. The report identifies key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school and will serve as the foundation for the first new K–12 science education standards in 10 years, influencing curricula, teacher training programs, informal education, and assessments.
July 15, 2011
The NSPE Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee met at the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas to discuss the committee's goals for the coming year and determine NSPE's primary public policy agenda for 2011–12. Based on committee discussions and a recent survey of NSPE members, NSPE will focus on the following federal issues:
May 26, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden represented NSPE at events in conjunction with High-Performance Building Week, sponsored by the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition. NSPE is a member of the HPBCCC, a coalition of more than 100 associations and corporations that seeks to heighten awareness and inform policymakers about high-performance building issues, including new building technologies, enhanced U.S. economic competitiveness, and increased energy efficiency. The coalition provides guidance and support to the congressional High-Performance Buildings Caucus.