RISD President John Maeda has been the chief evangelist, for the past couple of years, for an idea known as "STEM to STEAM."
STEM, for the uninitiated, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. And it is shorthand, in education reform and public policy circles, for an argument that the country needs to build its capacity in these areas if it's to keep its edge in the global economy.
President Obama is attracting a lot of attention today for a sweeping gun control package that would ban assault weapons, place limits on high-capacity magazines, and expand background checks.
But Rhode Island Congressman James Langevin, who was left a quadriplegic after he was shot in a gun accident at age 16, is making a push of his own in the wake of the Newtown shootings.
Congressman James Langevin has long been an appealing target for ambitious politicians - Democratic and Republican.
For awhile, there was the Langevin-isn't-Congressman-Patrick-Kennedy factor. Langevin was, by default, more vulnerable than the other member of Rhode Island's House delegation, the guy with the famous name and the money to back it.
Congressman David Cicilline has made reviving Rhode Island's ailing manufacturing sector a central focus of his brief Washington career. And his push has dovetailed nicely with the Democratic leadership's "Make it in America" agenda, which calls for a national manufacturing strategy and tax policy that incentivizes "insourcing" over than "outsourcing."
Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin's signature issue is cybersecurity. And after sounding the alarm for years about vulnerabilities in our power grid and other critical infrastructure, it looked like he would finally be able to claim a hand, this year, in cybersecurity legislation of some significance.
Now, the prospects are looking dimmer.
Congressman James Langevin has made cybersecurity his central concern. And passage of significant legislation looks like it's finally in reach.
House and Senate leaders have indicated that they'll bring bills to the floor sometime in April. In the House, that means a package of three bills, including one that Langevin co-sponsored with Congressman Dan Lungren, a California Republican.
For the last several years, Rhode Island Congressman James Langevin has been pushing hard for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.
Yesterday, a big step toward making that a reality: the US Senate, which had been slow to move on the issue, released a long-awaited cybersecurity bill to go with one making its way through the House.
A subcommittee of the House's Homeland Security Committee is marking up its cybersecurity bill today and has just signed off on an amendment, proposed by Congressman Jim Langevin, that would require the Department of Homeland Security to work with regional cybersecurity collaboratives, like the one he has helped launch in Rhode Island.
Yours truly was on WPRI's "Newsmakers" panel that taped this morning, with Congressman James Langevin as featured guest (thanks to WPRI's Tim White and Ted Nesi for having me on). Among the interesting tidbits: as Nesi has already tweeted, Langevin spoke in support of the prayer banner at Cranston High School West.
I pushed the Congressman a bit on whether the cybersecurity threat he's warned about is as significant as he would have us believe.
Congressman James Langevin has signed on to an alternative to the controversial Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation in the House of Representatives.
Langevin is now a co-sponsor of the OPEN Act, introduced by California Republican Darrell Issa, which aims to move piracy disputes to the International Trade Commission (ITC) and address some of the Internet companies' concerns about SOPA and its Senate corollary, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Hanging over the Congressional redistricting clash that has dominated the news in recent days is this political reality (and I'm not the first to note it): Rhode Island could very well lose one of its two House seats after the next census.
An analysis by state redistricting consultant Kimball Brace shows that Rhode Island barely avoided the fate this time around.
The parade of witnesses at the state redistricting commission's meetings grew predictable after awhile: a state representative complaining about gerrymandering here, a good-government type arguing for fairness there.
But on the night of December 7, an unusual break: four Latino citizens testified; one had her remarks translated by a Latina state representative on the panel.
Congressman James Langevin's office is sharply criticizing Congressman David Cicilline tonight after the release of a new redistricting map that would shift large swaths of the conservative Blackstone Valley into Langevin's district and push a sizable section of liberal south Providence into Cicilline's district.
UPDATE: I checked in with Langevin's spokesman Jonathan Dworkin to get the Congressman's view on the political prospects of a recently promulgated House GOP package of cybersecurity reforms - some plucked from Langevin''s own proposals. Here's the response:
He is cautiously optimistic that we can get something done, though he does not necessarily think it will be the comprehensive legislation that he would prefer, despite that being the preference of leading Senators from both parties on the issue.