This week in USA in brief: Research doctorate numbers drop for first time since 2002; NSF secures modest budget increase; Support exascale computing, say senators; Stimulus money half spent; Arts task force established; Darpa-E chief nominated for senior DoE post.
Research doctorate numbers drop for first time since 2002
The number of research doctorates awarded in the US fell by about 3 per cent in 2010, from 49,554 to 48,069, according to statistics from the National Science Foundation. This is the first time the number of doctorates awarded by US academic institutions has fallen since 2002. NSF said that the drop was “magnified” by a recent reclassification of Doctor of Education from the ‘research’ to ‘professional’ category.