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Feb. 21, 2020, 4:13 PM UTC. African Americans make up a small fraction of college graduates with physics and astronomy degrees, and so risk missing out on many of the lucrative new technology jobs, some industry experts say. That observation comes after a task force, backed by the American Institute of Physics, recommended that physical science societies create a $50 million endowment to support students of color in physics and astronomy. The task force, which released a report last month on the “underrepresentation” of African Americans in physics and astronomy, hopes to see the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans in physics and astronomy double by 2030, to at least 500 a year. Full story

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