Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

Business Bites Back – the suits spin on the EPI study on STEM workers…

June 2, 2013

It didn’t take long did it?  About a month ago the EPI (Economic Policy Institute) put out a report on guest workers and their impact on STEM fields.  The results were alarming.  Rather than repeating them again, I will refer you to my post on this subject.  The bottom line was that there was no STEM shortage and most of this was a canard to get cheap labor from abroad (my interpretation – although it was implied in the results of the report.

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The mythical STEM shortage – even the New York Times doesn’t get it…

April 10, 2013

Every day I keep hearing the drumbeat get louder….”We need more young people to enter these ‘vital’ STEM fields!  The future of our nation depends on it!” Or….”We need to allow more foreign immigrants in on H1-B and other guest visas because of an acute ‘skills shortage’ in vital STEM fields!”

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STEM Careers – The New York Times misses the point – yet again…

November 6, 2011

The Nov. 4, 2011  New York Times article on STEM (science – technology –  engineering – math) career paths shows clearly and succinctly that NO ONE is engaging in true investigative journalism anymore.  The article by Christopher Drew, Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard) shows an appalling lack of insight into the issues facing flocks of interested and engaged science majors. Did this author spend five minutes in a laboratory talking to scientists working in the trenches?  No.

Yes, science and engineering are HARD.   OF COURSE ITS HARD...Science is fascinating in the abstract – but “doing science” is never easy.  If it were easy we would have cures for cancer, heart disease, obesity and all infectious disease coming out of our ears. We’d have a shuttle to Mars where people would take vacations and someone would be working on a Warp engine to go faster than the speed of light by now.  I know its hard because I have a Ph.D. from a highly regarded medical school  and was a molecular biologist by trade for over 15 years.

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