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2017 12:55 PM Tags : Nashville, Touch not my annointed! 8910)572 and Abubakar v. press event to announce $10 million in grants to nine university-based projects designed to lower dropout rates among minorities women and low-income students in computer science and engineering The twist is that the "Graduate 10K+" initiative is being funded not by taxpayers but by two high-tech companies: Intel and GE The new effort is part of a broader push by the Obama administration for the private sector to supplement federal activities on many fronts Specifically it’s an outgrowth of a now-defunct task force created by President Barack Obama in 2011 to improve US competitiveness (The Graduate 10K+ name is a nod to the president’s goal of producing 1 million more STEM graduates by 2020) The group of corporate labor and academic bigwigs who served on the president’s so-called jobs council agreed that lower attrition rates among STEM majors was a key impediment to producing enough graduates with high-tech skills However Intel CEO Paul Otellini was able to persuade only one of his peers GE’s Jeff Immelt who chaired the council to chip in So the resulting pot falls far short of the $100 million the CEOs were expected to pony up Setting up this unique partnership was also a heavy lift Tiffany Sargent an industrial engineer and Intel lifer who had recently spent 2 years at NSF in a mid-career fellowship program was given the assignment because of her familiarity with the agency After brainstorming with her NSF counterpart in the education directorate Barbara Olds the pair decided that the best approach would be to piggyback on an existing $25-million-a-year NSF program to expand the undergraduate STEM talent pool NSF put out a fast-track solicitation last fall for Graduate 10K+ and attracted 57 proposals from which the nine winners were chosen The new program also had to scale a mountain of federal red tape The issues included ensuring that the gift—$5 million from each company and $50000 from New York investment banker Mark Gallogly—went for its intended purpose creating a template for handling future gifts and defining the proper supporting role for the companies in a program that NSF will manage "It’s not just the money although we are deeply appreciative of that" says Kelvin Droegemeier vice chair of NSF’s oversight body the National Science Board during the kick-off event at The Newseum which offers a panoramic view of the US Capitol "This is also a new programmatic structure a way of increasing the country’s investment in the next generation of computer scientists and engineers" The money up to $16 million over 5 years will give grantees a chance to test a variety of strategies designed to help students overcome obstacles to academic success especially in the first year "We wouldn’t have been able to run the program without this grant" says Eve Riskin an electrical engineer and associate dean at the University of Washington which is teaming with Washington State University to provide new students with an extra year of math and other basic courses before they plunge into the prescribed curriculum The two universities have borrowed a successful formula developed at the University of Colorado Boulder she says Success will require "working with one student at a time" she says and the NSF grant will allow for a full-time coordinator on each campus Faculty at California State University Monterey Bay (CSU-MB) had already teamed up with a local 2-year school Hartnell College on a program helping students make the transition to a bachelor’s degree in computer science says CSU’s Sathya Narayanan another grantee "But the NSF grant gives us what we need to do it right" he says The project will also reach into local high schools to build awareness of the field "Part of the problem of attracting students into computer science is that they have no experience with computational thinking and abstraction" says Narayanan "Unless physics or chemistry or biology most of them have never taken a real computer science course" Cassandra Martin a junior computer science major at CSU-MB says she had never considered going into the field until Hartnell’s Joe Welch convinced her that she could be successful Now Martin whose family came from Mexico is planning to get a PhD "I’m the first one to go to college and I’m enjoying school so much that I want to see how far I can go" she says Most of her education has been financed by other NSF-run programs she says and whenever she visits her high school she encourages other Latinas to follow in her footsteps Despite the prominent launch the Graduate 10K+ program faces an uncertain future The president’s 2014 budget requests a small increase for a cluster of undergraduate programs that includes the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program and NSF officials say they hope to find money for a second round of awards But any growth in federal funding may be difficult in the current tight budget climate and no other companies so far have jumped into the breach Intel officials say they love the program but are awaiting direction from their new CEO Brian Krzanich who takes the helm on Friday In the meantime Sargent—a former science and technology policy fellow of the AAAS (publisher of ScienceInsider)—is relentlessly optimistic She says that her "hobby job" a term Intel employees use to describe external activities that the company encourages demonstrates how society can benefit from having industry scientists take temporary positions within the government "It’s a situation in which everybody wins" she says Reuters: Michael Tubbs the 27-year-old mayor of Stockton California has a radical plan to combat poverty in his cash-strapped city: a "no strings" guaranteed basic income of $500 a month for its residents Starting in early 2019 Tubbs plans to provide the monthly stipend to a select group of residents as part of a privately funded 18-month experiment to assess how people use the money "And then maybe in two or three years we can have a much more informed discussion about the social safety net the income floor people deserve and the best way to do it because we’ll have more data and research" Tubbs told Reuters The city has not yet decided how many people will receive income from the trial project which is funded by The Economic Security Project a philanthropic network co-chaired by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes The idea of governments providing a universal basic income to their citizens has been gaining traction globally The Finnish government is running a two-year trial to provide 2000 unemployed people with monthly payments of approximately $660 In Alaska each resident has long received an annual dividend check from oil revenues from the Alaska Permanent Fund which Tubbs said is a model for his approach Last year the payout in Alaska was $1100 The Economic Security Project is providing $1 million to fund the Stockton trial after approaching Tubbs to ask if his city would be interested in piloting a basic income program "I jumped at the opportunity" said Tubbs who was familiar with the concept from the writings of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr Hughes 34 has proposed the US government give a guaranteed income of $500 a month to every working American earning less than $50000 a year at a total cost of $290 billion a year He says a 50-percent tax rate on income and capital gains for Americans earning more than $250000 would pay for it ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT The issue of economic empowerment is a personal one for Tubbs Growing up in Stockton where one in four residents live in poverty his family relied on government assistance to meet their basic needs "My mom was on welfare for the first five six years of my life" he said "You’d get food stamps but that’s not cash and maybe food’s not the biggest need . 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