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DOE Pulls the Plug on Massive Training Initiative

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Science  08 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6026, pp. 162
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6026.162-a

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In April 2009, President Barack Obama announced an ambitious 10-year, $1.6 billion education and training initiative at the Department of Energy (DOE), dubbed "Regaining our Energy Science and Engineering Edge." But Congress twice declined to fund any portion of its sprawling vision, which would have included graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, summer research projects for undergraduates, professional master's degrees in clean energy, and associate degree programs to train a clean-energy technology workforce. In February, the White House threw in the towel, dropping the program from DOE's 2012 budget request.