There is no dearth of reports indicating that America is lagging behind its global counterparts in the areas of scientific research and math and science education. Such reports point out that the U.S. has not, among other things, implemented a national innovation strategy to ensure that the country remains competitive in a rapidly growing global economy.
That appears to be changing.
In an op-ed featured in APS News, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (12th NJ), wrote:
“Yet there is hope that science and innovation may yet win the day on Capitol Hill. The President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 recognized the need to support innovation. Even though the budget’s overall spending is frozen at 2010 levels, it reflects a strategic decision to focus resources on the nation’s innovation infrastructure, especially basic research agencies.”
Holt, a physicist and APS Fellow added, “In the longer term, the White House’s new innovation and competitiveness strategy will lay out as required in the (America) COMPETES Act, a path for future progress. The President and federal agencies are also working to create regulatory certainty so that manufacturers and inventors can make the long-term investments necessary for real innovation.”