As we usher out 2010 and look toward 2011, Society for Science & the Public has much to celebrate. For example we were rated a “great nonprofit” by Great Nonprofits, an organization that calls itself the “Zagat Guide for Nonprofits”. Perhaps more important than this welcome external recognition is the appreciation that SSP has received from people like you, people who have been part of our important work. Here is a sampling:
According to a recent study by Intel, 51 percent of teens who are not confident in the United States’ math and science abilities believe this is because Americans do not work hard enough. Only a third of teens surveyed blamed lack of funding or school emphasis for poor math and science abilities in the United States, which may suggest they need to be challenged to work harder in the classroom. Additionally, while 85 percent are confident in their own math and science abilities, 90 percent chose a country other than the U.S. when deciding which country was the best at math and science.
Tina Saey, a writer for Science News, a publication of Society for Science & the Public, recently won the Genetics Society of America (GSA) Excellence in Research and Journalism Award. The reward honors her article “Molecular Evolution,” which appeared in the January 31, 2009 issue of Science News.
The first U.S. Science & Engineering Festival occurred in Washington over the last two weeks, October 11-24, with contests, such as “You can do the Rubik’s Cube;” seminars, such as “The Science of Maintaining a healthy Weight;” and other programs. Nobel Laureates, including SSP’s previous board chair Dudley Herschbach, participated in Lunches with Laureates where middle and high school students were able to engage in discussions with these prominent scientists.
Two members of SSP’s Board of Trustees concluded their Board service today after decades of dedication. Under the leadership of Robert Fri and Dudley Herschbach, SSP has grown tremendously, evolving and expanding the scope of its work to advance the public engagement in scientific research and education.