Tech Trends – article picks from SSTI staff, Week of 03/26/12

Most Americans Doubt U.S. Will Lead In S&T Through 2020, Survey Shows  Only 42 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. will maintain its dominance in science and technology through 2020, according to a recent survey by Research America. Americans also appear to expect that this change will have dire consequences. Sixty-four percent believe that it is important that the U.S. lead in R&D, and 78 percent believe that S&T leadership is important to U.S. competitiveness. Science, innovation and health ranked above “the environment” and “faith and values” in importance for future presidential debates, according to survey respondents. Read the report…

Battle over Regulating Crowd funding in JOBS Act  Investors and entrepreneurs argue the old securities paradigm doesn’t work for regulating crowd funding while state regulators are urging added protection for investors. Read more …

Crowdfunding Platform Dedicated to Scientific Research  Petridish.org allows only science entrepreneurs to pitch ideas to the open web in exchange for a 5 percent cut for successfully funded projects Read more …

Are Small Businesses Really the Job Creators?  Seeking advice from four experts in labor and small business, this article examines whether or not government support for small businesses is the best way to climb out of the recession. Read more …

World’s Work Force Rapidly Shrinking  Nearly half the world’s population is living in countries with birthrates below the replacement level. Rapidly aging Japan has one of the worst demographic profiles. Read more …

Higher Enrollment, Less Funding for Higher Ed in 2011  The ninth annual State Higher Education Finance survey finds funding for public colleges and universities continued to decrease between 2010 and 2011. Read more …

Stateline: Higher Education Funds Begin Slow Recovery  On the upside, experts say the number of states boosting higher education funding is expected to increase this year. In some cases, this comes with strings attached in the form of performance-based funding.Read more …

Conference Promotes Innovative Data Sources for Regional Economic Analysis  The GW Institute of Public Policy conference on May 7-8 also offers data-providing organizations the opportunity to interact with and get feedback from users Read more …

Attributed to: State Science and Technology Institute

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