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Nominates Arden Bement, Jr. to Head National Science Foundation
September 15, the White House announced President Bush’s plans to
nominate Arden Bement, Jr. to be the Director of the National Science
Foundation (NSF). Bement is the current Acting Director of the NSF
following the resignation of Rita Colwell; he is also Director of
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
coming to NIST, Bement was the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor
of Nuclear Engineering, and he headed Purdue University's School
of Nuclear Engineering. He holds a PhD in metallurgical engineering
from the University of Michigan, and is a member of the National
Academy of Engineering. He also served on National Science Board,
the independent policy body established by Congress to oversee the
nomination must first be approved by the Senate. For more information,
visit the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/od.
Spotlights Education in Major Industrialized Nations
A yearly ranking
of the education systems in 30 industrialized nations shows that
many countries have surpassed the United States' rate of high school
completion. The report, published by the Paris-based Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), indicates that
America ranks 10th among other industrialized nations in the share
of 25- to 34-year-olds who have high school diplomas. While 87 percent
of U.S. adults in that age group have at least a high school education,
the percentage of high school graduates in Japan, Korea, Norway,
and the Czech Republic rank above the U.S. According to OECD, high
school participation rates have not declined for the United States,
but they have increased much faster in other countries. The U.S.
still holds an edge in the share of adults with at least a four-year
college education: among adults ages 25 to 64, the U.S. ranks second
behind Canada; among adults ages 25 to 34, the U.S. ranks second
study also examines teaching trends. The average number of hours
a teacher is expected to teach at the lower secondary level is 714,
which encompasses a range of 513 hours per year in Japan to 1,167
hours in Mexico, while the U.S. figure is 1,127 hours. Salaries
per teaching hour are highest in Japan and Korea (over $80 per teaching
hour) and lowest in the Slovak Republic ($10 per teaching hour).
The United States has a below-average salary-to-teaching-hour ratio
of $38 per teaching hour.
To read a story
published in the September 14 edition of The Washington Post,
go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19421-2004Sep14.html.
For more information about the report "Education at a Glance,"
go to http://www.oecd.org.
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