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Polis touts education, predicts less funding

May 29, 2013 – Boulder County Business Report – All high school students may have to be fluent in computer science to graduate – just as they are in current core subjects such as math, English and social studies – if U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has his way. “Human capital” is key in an intellectually based economy, Polis said, specifically as it relates to students learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM subjects. Students need to learn computer-science concepts to help them find jobs when they graduate, said Polis. (more)

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Gains cheered, pain feared for aerospace

May 29, 2013 – Boulder County Business Report – Large public and private universities haven’t yet felt the major impacts of federal budget cuts known as sequestration – but they will soon, said Stein Sture, vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Speaking as part of a panel on the aerospace industry at Wednesday’s Boulder Economic Summit at CU’s Wolf Law Building, Sture said those schools are projected to see about a $20 million cut in federal research money by the end of the year alone, about half of which will come from the aerospace and space science disciplines. (more)
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Chancellor: Cuts imperil research at CU

May 29, 2013 – Boulder County Business Report – University of Colorado’s Chancellor Phil DiStefano lauded the work being done at CU on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, project scheduled to launch late this year and explore the Martian upper atmosphere. Then, as the opening speaker of the Boulder Economic Summit on Wednesday morning at CU’s Wolf Law Building, he warned that such drivers of innovation and economic vitality in the state are in danger if steps aren’t taken to strengthen ties between research universities, the state and federal governments, and the private sector. (more)
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Boulder Economic Summit opens with call to fight threats to Colorado’s economy

May 29, 2013 – Daily Camera – Public-private partnerships, education and policy changes could help combat threats — such as unstable funding, tight budgets and increase in global competition — to the economic future of Boulder and Colorado, a slate of business, government and university leaders said Wednesday. (more)

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Boulder Economic Summit to tackle sequestration, budget concerns

May 26, 2013 – Daily Camera – When the Boulder Economic Summnit kicks off Wednesday, the annual event will do so with a broader scope than in past years. Event organizers are putting a wider lens on the previously Boulder-centric event to address what they call a “crossroads” for the Boulder region and the state of Colorado. Federal spending cuts and state budget limitations could have severe implications for the Front Range’s wealth of research institutions and schools, said Clif Harald, executive director of the Boulder Economic Council. (more)

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