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April 23, 2015. Washington, DC On April 22, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology voted 19-16 long party lines to pass an amended version of the American COMPETES Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) after a day-long markup of the bill. The legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act would authorize research, engineering, and education programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). H.R. 1806 did...

Washington D.C, 23.05.2014 - On May 21, 2014, I participated on a stakeholder conference call hosted by the U.S. Department of Education to provide an overview and details of the new First in the World (FITW) Grant competition.  The notice for the grant solicitation was published in the May 16 Federal Register, and can be found here.  Two identical webinars will be held, one on May 28 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (EST) and a second on June 4 at...

Over the last two months, and as recent as last week, I attended meetings in Washington focused on the importance of investing in research at the undergraduate level in order to advance STEM education. The need for additional resources and funding to advance STEM education is an issue I have continually advocated for throughout my career on behalf of minority serving institutions and community colleges, and one that I believe is truly critical to the nation’s economy and global competitiveness. Undergraduate...

Over the past 12 years as a lobbyist for public higher education, I have passionately advocated for a number of issues, from STEM and research and development, to teacher training and the prevention of childhood obesity. But, I have to say, one of the most exciting aspects of my current work is my continued advocacy on behalf of California State University, Fullerton and Lansing Community College in their efforts to educate and support veterans seeking higher education and job training. As...