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Too Many Workers in Math and Science?

By Kara Miller

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Are we actually producing too many workers in math and science fields?

Today, we bring you the flip side of a story we recently covered. One professor argues that there are no shortage of qualified math and science graduates in America — despite what companies say.

Many high-tech workers report that they can’t find jobs — but people who run companies are wringing their hands. What’s going on here? We dive into the debate.

  • Shane Lopez, senior scientist in residence at Gallup
  • Hal Salzman, professor and senior faculty fellow at John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
    Read Salzman's Nature article (pdf)
  • Abby Charest, Ph.D. candidate and research assistant at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 


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Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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