In its latest move to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has put nearly $90 million up for grabs for colleges and universities interested in laying the groundwork for the next generation — and the generation after that — of scientists.
Chris Siefert has long been the force behind community development projects in Pittsburgh. From his post at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, he has commissioned sculptures for local parks and started a campaign to brighten up his city's north side. Now, with the support of the Noyce Foundation, he's jumping on a new initiative that will help him add a hands-on science education program to the arts- and culture-focused offerings at his workplace.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is looking for a few good mentors. The institute, which has claimed the mantle of the United States' most generous private funder of science education programs, is on the hunt for its latest crop of HHMI Professors. Launched in 2002, the program is aimed at encouraging scientists to integrate education in their work.