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July 08, 2010 08:00 ET

Intel Sponsors Nature Education Position Paper on Science Education

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) -  Nature Education, the educational wing of global science publisher Nature Publishing Group, today announced Intel as sponsor for "Time to Decide: The Ambivalence of the World of Science to Education," a position paper based on research conducted by NPG over the past year. Intel joins Roche Diagnostics, Tata Consultancy Services, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and New England Biolabs as primary sponsors of Nature Education's efforts.

"We are delighted by the enthusiasm and support from a major international institution such as Intel for our ongoing efforts to address the challenges of global science education," said Vikram Savkar, SVP & Publishing Director at Nature Publishing Group.

"Time to Decide" is based on surveys with 450 university-level science faculty in more than 30 countries as well as extensive interviews with several thought leaders. The paper highlights a dilemma in academic science: since research brings more funding and prestige to universities and individuals than teaching does, scientists tend to prioritize research over teaching, resulting in challenges to the quality of education for science students globally. The paper suggests several initiatives that universities, foundations, publishers, and government agencies can collectively pursue to ensure that teaching is better rewarded in the future. "Young people are the key to solving global challenges," said Shelly M. Esque, Director of the Intel Corporate Affairs Group. "It is critical that we provide students a solid science education so that they are able to make the discoveries that will improve our world in the future."

"Time to Decide" is available for free download with registration on Scitable, Nature Education's openly accessible science education library. Visit http://www.nature.com/scitable/landing/timetodecide. For more information about Nature Education sponsors, visit www.nature.com/scitable/sponsors

About Nature Education
Nature Education, the educational division of Nature Publishing Group, is dedicated to developing innovative science education resources for undergraduate and high school science students and faculty. In 2009, Nature Education launched Scitable, an openly accessible collaborative online teaching and learning space for science. For more information, visit www.nature.com/scitable

About Nature Publishing Group (NPG)
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a publisher of high impact scientific and medical information in print and online. NPG publishes journals, online databases and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine.

Focusing on the needs of scientists, Nature (founded in 1869) is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. In addition, for this audience, NPG publishes a range of Nature research journals and Nature Reviews journals, plus a range of prestigious academic journals including society-owned publications. Online, nature.com provides over 5 million visitors per month with access to NPG publications and online databases and services, including Nature News and Nature Jobs plus access to Nature Network and Nature Education's Scitable.com.

Scientific American is at the heart of NPG's newly-formed consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media. Together with scientificamerican.com and 16 local language editions around the world it reaches over 3 million consumers and scientists. Other titles include Scientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany.

Throughout all its businesses NPG is dedicated to serving the scientific and medical communities and the wider scientifically interested general public. Part of Macmillan Publishers Limited, NPG is a global company with principal offices in London, New York and Tokyo, and offices in cities worldwide including Boston, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, Heidelberg, Basingstoke, Melbourne, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul and Washington DC. For more information, please go to www.nature.com.

About Intel
Since inventing the microprocessor, Intel has been the driving force behind the global technology revolution. Today, Intel innovation is shaping the future with life-enhancing technologies that create new markets, solve real-world problems and inspire the next generation of innovators. Intel believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges, and a solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and digital literacy are crucial for their success. That is why we get directly involved in education programs, advocacy, and technology access to enable tomorrow's innovators.

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