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Why do we still need an Association for Women in Science? An Interview with Isabel C. Escobar
According to a 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce report, only one in seven engineers is female. But women are not only grossly underrepresented in engineering, but also in other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This is a major issue for the advancement of research in these fields. The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) was founded in 1971 to advocate for women in all STEM disciplines and across all employment sectors. One of the AWIS missions is empowering women to reach their full potential and become leaders in STEM fields. Highlighting female leaders in STEM disciplines is also critical for inspiring future generations of women to surpass the expectations placed on them by society, and rise to the top of their fields. One such role model is Isabel C. Escobar, Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Kentucky. Her work is focused on developing and/or improving polymeric membrane materials for water treatment and water reuse operations. She has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and given over 100 presentations at national and international conferences. In 2009, she was awarded the Northwest Ohio YWCA Milestone Award for Education, and the Toledo 20 Under 40 Leadership award, and these are just a few of her many academic accomplishments. In addition to her busy academic life, Escobar is heavily involved with AWIS. She has been a strong advocate for women in STEM throughout her career, including in her present capacity as Vice-Chair of the AWIS Chapters' Committee.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
Society of Women Engineers Online Learning by SWE
SWE Learning empowers women to succeed at every stage of their personal development and professional careers. We support the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in engineering through career resources, professional development and one-to-one networking opportunities.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
11 Books For Aspiring Entrepreneurs Written By Extraordinary Women
Turning an idea into reality is no easy journey, and every entrepreneur has hit bumps in the road and overcome obstacles. But the great thing about entrepreneurs is that they're pretty freaking resilient, and many are willing to pass along their knowledge to a new generation of business owners. If you dream of starting your own business, you should add these books for aspiring entrepreneurs written by women to your TBR pile.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
Why do women students drop out of STEM majors? CSU study pinpoints a culprit
Women are more likely than men to get discouraged by a particular math class and give up on their quest for a degree preparing them for a career in science, technology or engineering, according to a new study from researchers at Colorado State University. A key reason for the higher ''I give up'' rate, the study suggests, is women's lack of confidence in their ability to do mathematics, particularly when they try to take Calculus I, a class most universities require in the pursuit of a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The study, which was published Wednesday in PLOS ONE, a journal published by the Public Library of Science, found that while both men and women experience a loss of confidence in their math skills at a similar rate in Calculus I, the problem is that women have a lower confidence rate to begin with.
Posted on 23 Jul 2016
Secrets of Successful STEM Teachers
Teachers can inspire students to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering and math - or they can turn them off from these subjects forever. In recognizing the role of educators, schools are coming together to remake STEM teacher prep in the early grades, and the government is pushing for a STEM Master Teacher Corps, which would seek to produce a cadre of STEM-savvy educators who would, in turn, spread their knowledge to their peers.
Posted on 10 Jul 2016
National Women in Engineering Day 2016
For National Women in Engineering Day W-T Engineering, Inc. asked engineers to submit a video encouraging young women to pursue engineering! Hear what everyone has to say .
Posted on 28 Jun 2016
How SWE Encourages Girls' Early Interest in STEM
Outgoing SWE President, Colleen Layman, discusses the effects of young girls' ebbing interest in science and math, the programs Society of Women Engineers - SWE offers females at every life stage, and the responsibility we have to raise up future generations to assume gender-neutrality in STEM.
Posted on 28 Jun 2016
More female leaders in science and tech urged
Appearing at NASA headquarters as part of a ''United State of Women'' Summit, NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman noted that fewer than one-third of the agency's scientists, and just over one-fifth of its engineers, are women.
Posted on 20 Jun 2016
Maria Reiche Nazca Lines Theory
In 1946 German mathemathician,Maria Reiche was asked to take over research of the Nazca Lines in Peru. She fell in love with them and made it her life's work to study them and to protect them from being obliterated by human activity. She discovered many more solstice markers and begin her life's work, mapping the celestial matrix of the Nazca Pampa, Four decades later she was asked what events in her life had prepared her for this lifelong passion.
Posted on 20 Jun 2016
How Sexism Held Back Space Exploration
How America's early aerospace engineers ignored computers because they considered programming to be women's work.
Posted on 20 Jun 2016

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