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How the Silicon Prairie can avoid Silicon Valley's diversity issues
When Google and Intel first released their employment statistics in 2014, the topic of diversity was nowhere as elevated as it is today in corporate circles. Silicon Valley and its many companies from large tech giants down to startups are under the diversity and inclusion microscope. Why all of the emphasis on diversityDemographically our country is changing with the rise of the ''New Majority'' - all the people who are considered to be minorities. 43 percent of millennials and 50 percent of newborns are non-white, according to a study by Pew Research Center. The U.S. has always been a nation in flux, but between now and 2060, rarely will we experience another shift in culture that will literally change the face of the country. Soon, diversity will no longer be an option. It will be a fact of life. Smart business leaders will understand this importance not only because of who their future customers or clients may be, but more so who is going to make up their future workforce. Silicon Valley is starting to recognize the significance of this matter, but it's struggling with how to solve diversity problems.
Posted on 21 Feb 2016
6 Major Barriers Impeding Technology Adoption in Education
Experts identify the most substantial tech-related obstacles to education, ranging from the solvable to the downright wickedly difficult. Weak digital literacy skills among students and faculty are hampering the effective use of technology in schools. But according to a panel of experts, this problem, as prevalent and pernicious as it may be, is within our power to solve. Some of the other obstacles identified by the panel ... not so much. The panel of experts, led by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, identified six impediments that are hampering education and the adoption of technology in education in significant ways. The findings were published in a report released in February, the NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition.
Posted on 21 Feb 2016
Why schools need to introduce computing in all subjects
There is widespread agreement that computing should play a more prominent role throughout our education system. For this reason, there have been more concerted efforts to increase computing classes in the K-12 grade levels. The STEM Education Act of 2015 was recently passed into law, expanding the definition of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to include computer science and encouraging more STEM education efforts.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016
100 Inspiring Women in STEM Awards
The INSIGHT Into Diversity 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award honors women who work to make a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). While women who work in these fields enjoy significant opportunities to engage in new discoveries and innovations, they are rarely recognized for their hard work and dedication. 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award recipients are listed here.
Posted on 19 Jan 2016
There's one big problem that's causing the US to fall behind in math and science
Countless politicians and thought leaders say the US has to regain its prominence in science if we are going to maintain our role as a flourishing, leading superpower. If you want to figure out why the US is lagging behind the rest of the world in math and science, looking at the pipeline pouring into these fields is a good place to start. Of the 40 most advanced countries, the US is No. 38 when it comes to graduating science majors. This ranking comes from the 2015 Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Posted on 07 Jan 2016
Millennium physicist' ready to take helm at nuclear center>
Fabiola Gianotti, who this week takes the helm at CERN, home to world's largest particle accelerator, is seen as a new breed of scientist. Initially trained in arts and literature, she came to physics relatively late. She enjoys cooking, jogging, music and keeping her eye on the news, and notes the importance of being 'a citizen of the world.' Gianotti 'embodies for me what's much more the millennium physicist,' said Dr. Monica Dunford, senior scientist at Germany's University of Heidelberg, who spent six years at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research. 'Not so geeky, much more well-rounded, diverse, passionate.' 'Fabiola brings freshness to science: She's incredibly energetic, incredibly passionate, has a lot of different talents. ... She has a degree in piano in addition to physics,' Dunford said. Gianotti, who succeeds Germany's Rolf Heuer as director-general on Jan. 1, becoming the first woman to hold the post, insists she doesn't want to be 'front stage' at the multinational laboratory on the Swiss-French border: Her bigger focus is about helping produce science for science's sake in the quest to explain the how the universe works.
Posted on 29 Dec 2015
9 Inspiring Female-Hosted Podcasts for Entrepreneurs
A list of the podcasts you can subscribe and listen to regularly. Each show below can teach, inspire and motivate you - albeit in entirely different ways. If you're on an entrepreneurial journey or aspire to be someday soon, shows like these are a goldmine.
Posted on 29 Dec 2015
Analyzing The Subtle Bias In Tech Companies' Recruiting Emails
A year after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella backpedaled from a gaffe at a women's tech conference and announced a major employee diversity push, Microsoft reported in November that roles for women in its tech positions had actually gone down. At the same time, roles for African Americans and Latinos had barely budged, with them holding just over 6% of tech jobs at the company. Results for other major technology firms, despite their public pledges, aren't much better. Which can lead to the question: Is all this talk of diversity just empty words?
Posted on 15 Dec 2015
The Deficiencies of Tech's 'Pipeline' Metaphor
Tech industry leaders are constantly talking about the so-called ''pipeline problem.'' On corporate stages and at academic conferences, CEOs and activists pledge their commitment to ''fixing the pipeline for STEM'' - the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math - by which they mean they want to get more young women and people of color into the coursework (and, ideally, the internships) that will eventually turn them into attractive job candidates for tech companies.
Posted on 15 Dec 2015
Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girls' Interest in Computing
Technology is a fast-growing, high-paying, creative field. Here are 10 ways that you, as a family member, can encourage the girls in your life to study, and have a career in, computer science and related technology fields.
Posted on 01 Dec 2015

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