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May 25, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) became an original co-sponsor and helped introduce H.R. 2653, the STEM Opportunities Act of 2017. The Congresswoman released the following statement on the legislation:

“The majority of Nevada’s key industries – including energy, health and medical services, hospitality, information technology - require STEM skills,” said Congresswoman Jacky Rosen.

“If we are going to meet the demands of a constantly-evolving economy and build a military that is cyber-ready, then we must break down the barriers that are preventing young Nevadans, including women and minorities, from becoming part of a rich talent pool of future engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and computer programmers. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure our country remains competitive on the world stage.”

BACKGROUND: The legislation would require federal agencies that fund scientific research to collect more comprehensive demographic data on the recipients of federal research awards and on STEM faculty at U.S. universities (while protecting individuals’ privacy); promote data-driven research on the participation and trajectories of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM so that policy makers can design more effective policies and practices to reduce barriers;  develop, through the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), consistent federal policies for recipients of federal research awards who have caregiving responsibilities, including care for a newborn or newly adopted child, and consistent federal guidance to grant reviewers and program officers on best practices to minimize the effects of implicit bias in the review of federal research grants; require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and disseminate guidance to universities to aid them in identifying any cultural and institutional barriers limiting the recruitment, retention, and achievement of women and minorities in research careers and developing and implementing current best practices for reducing such barriers; require OSTP to develop and issue similar guidance to all federal laboratories; and authorize NSF to award grants to universities to implement or expand research-based practices targeted specifically to increasing the recruitment and retention of minority students and faculty.