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As lawmakers gear up for another push for immigration reform that could expand the number of visas granted to highly skilled foreign workers, a new study is warning that U.S. schools aren’t producing enough graduates with degrees in the STEM fields. In a survey commissioned by Bayer and released in conjunction with the Change the Equation coalition, 150 talent recruiters at Fortune 1000 companies said that their companies are creating scientific and technical positions faster than non-STEM jobs, and competition for graduates with degrees in those fields is brisk. Bayer’s report comes as the latest warning from the private sector about a shortfall of STEM workers, a major issue in the IT sector, where many companies have been lobbying for reforms to the nation’s immigration laws that would expand the annual allotment of H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers.
The notion of a STEM shortage is not without controversy, with some claiming it’s just a myth. Indeed, critics of expanding the H-1B cap have argued that such a move would simply give businesses a license to hire more low-wage foreign workers at the expense of their American counterparts. However, the new report argues that post-secondary institutions aren’t keeping up with the hiring demands of the private sector. In particular, that shortfall is seen in candidates with degrees from two-year or four-year institutions, what is described as the engine of the STEM workforce. Eighty-nine percent of the respondents said that competition for graduates from four-year STEM programs for positions in those fields is extremely high.
Just 55 percent of recruiters polled said that they can typically fill a position with a STEM-educated candidate with a two-year degree in a timely manner, while an even half of respondents said the same about candidates with a degree from a four-year program. But the demand for graduates with STEM degrees isn’t just confined to technical positions. After all, more than half of the recruiting managers polled work for companies outside the STEM fields. And of the total group of respondents, a substantial majority said that STEM graduates are more desirable for non-STEM positions than job seekers with nontechnical degrees. People who have STEM degrees are being sought after for jobs that traditionally have not been considered STEM jobs, and that’s going to tighten up the STEM workforce.
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The Wall Street Journal (09/26/13) Douglas Belkin; Caroline Porter
Employers are increasingly joining the massive open online course (MOOC) fray, allowing workers to acquire skills with market value at a low cost. Although MOOCs have made top-quality courses available to a much larger pool of students, most have not offered any type of credentials—but that situation is starting to change. Udacity last week announced the Open Education Alliance to offer online courses developed in collaboration with companies including Google and AT&T, and providing students with a free certificate. In addition, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MOOC partner edX are launching their XSeries courses, with assistance from about 50 companies. Students will be able to earn a verified certificate in computer science, supply-chain management, and other subjects for about $700. Open Education Alliance companies will create at least one class at a cost of about $250,000, for which they will receive access to a talent pool with desired job skills, says AT&T’s Scott Smith. Although critics worry that corporate involvement will slant the educational experience in favor of companies at the long-term expense of students, many students are looking for ways to make education more affordable. “What we are really establishing are educational pathways for people who want skills that are relevant to contemporary jobs,” says Stanford University professor Sebastian Thrun.
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EE Times (09/27/13) R. Colin Johnson
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have demonstrated a transparent, elastic organic light-emitting diode (OLED) prototype. The researchers say future stretchable and bendable OLEDs could redefine the user experience with a new class of smartphones, smart electronic clothing, and wallpaper-like lighting panels. “Being stretchable and highly flexible means that OLED lighting panels and displays could be like wallpaper—very thin, lightweight, and collapsible into a small volume when not in use,” says UCLA professor Qibing Pei. To prove the concept, the researchers fabricated two small stretchable OLEDs, one a lighting panel and the other a passive 5-by-5 pixel display. Both devices were demonstrated to be bendable, foldable, and stretchable. In order to achieve a stretchable, bendable OLED, the researchers reengineered all the materials in an OLED stack. “First was the development of a transparent compliant conductor comprising a percolation network of silver nanowires in the surface layer of an elastomer film,” Pei says. “The second key development is an OLED architecture that we call light-emitting electrochemical cell.” In the future, the researchers want to develop encapsulation methods that protect the organic materials from deterioration in the presence of air.
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