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Apollo software engineer Margaret Hamilton receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Obama awarded his last Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest US honor given to a civilian - in a packed ceremony on Tuesday, according to The New York Times. Margaret Hamilton, the woman behind the onboard flight software for NASA Apollo lunar modules and command modules, was among the 21 recipients.
Posted on 04 Dec 2016
Why do so many women leave engineering? Probably not for the reason you're thinking
Around 20% of engineering graduates are women, but only 13% of the engineering workforce is female. So why do so many women who study engineering leave the profession? While plenty of possible reasons have been mooted, from a lack of mentors for women in the field to the demands of maintaining a work-life balance, a recent study has come up with a new explanation for the discrepancy. Teamwork is a key requirement in many engineering roles. Yet female engineering students told the researchers they were treated differently by male classmates when working in groups. The study found that in group situations, especially during internships and summer jobs, women were often given less challenging problems and were relegated to doing routine ''managerial and secretarial'' tasks instead of the ''real'' engineering work.
Posted on 04 Dec 2016
NASA Announces Early Stage Innovation Space Technology Research Grants
NASA has selected 13 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs of America's space program. The Early Stage Innovations (ESI) grants from NASA's Space Technology Research Grants Program are worth as much as $500,000 each. Universities have two to three years to work on their proposed research and development projects. ''NASA's Early Stage Innovations grants provide U.S. universities the opportunity to conduct research and technology development to advance NASA's scientific discovery and exploration goals,'' said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. ''Partnering with academia in advancing these critical areas of research ensures we are engaging the best and brightest minds in enabling the agency's future robotic and human space flight missions.''
Posted on 04 Dec 2016
Robotics brokerage day 2016; 5th December 2016 in Brussels at the Brussels Expo
The brokerage event organised by SPARC brings together more than 300 people from the robotics field where ideas and solutions go hand in hand. There will be presentations of the calls for proposals for robotics in H2020 and match-making where you can network and discuss your ideas in the robotics field with experts and find project partners. The current calls for proposals for robotics under Horizon 2020 have been published already. The calls will be open for submission on 8th December 2016 and close on 25th April 2017.
Posted on 04 Dec 2016
Microsoft To Tie Executive Bonuses to Company Diversity Goals
Microsoft Corp. will tie executive bonuses to workforce diversity goals after the company saw a second consecutive year of declines in the percentage of women employees, owing to its exit from the phone handset market. The percentage of women working at Microsoft fell to 25.8 percent from 26.8 percent of the company's workforce as of Sept. 30, largely because the Nokia handset factories that Microsoft divested employed a larger number of women, said Gwen Houston, the company's chief diversity and inclusion officer. Houston said she's encouraged by an increase in women in technical and leadership positions, as well as in recent hiring trends.
Posted on 22 Nov 2016
Gender stereotypes study debunks centuries-old assumptions that have plagued men and women
Inaccurate gender stereotypes about the kind of words men and women use have been exposed by a new psychological study. The researchers asked people to make judgements about Twitter users based solely on their posts. This included guessing their gender, age, education level and political views. Words like ''force'', ''news'' and ''research'' were wrongly categorised as male, while ''love'', ''cute'' and ''beautiful'' were among those mistakenly considered to be female. The so-called ''male words'' were actually written by women and vice versa, but the study's participants tended to decide they were indicative of the person's gender. Some stereotypes contained a degree of truth, but people had a tendency to place too much weight on them, according to the researchers, from the US, Australia and Germany. Dr Jordan Carpenter, who led the work, said: ''These inaccurate stereotypes tended to be exaggerated rather than backwards.''
Posted on 22 Nov 2016
RedChairPGH empowers women in technology with event and advocacy campaign
Women make up half of the planet's population, but they do not play an equal role in creating the technology needed to solve the world's many pressing problems. Here to change this inequity on both local and global levels is RedChairPGH. The grassroots, volunteer organization of women and men is passionate about diversity in tech and knows well that the future of our economy and our region depends upon equity.
Posted on 22 Nov 2016
Op-Ed: To Close Gap in STEM Pipeline, Engage Families
The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs will grow 17 percent by 2018. And the growth in STEM jobs will be 55 percent faster than non-STEM jobs over the next 10 years. Although such anticipated growth is encouraging since it supports the theory that a thriving STEM workforce is directly linked to the economic prosperity of the United States, there is still concern: as many as 2.4 million STEM jobs could remain unfilled in the nation by that time. Is there a solution to help drive our nation's youth into these fast-growing STEM fields and meet the demand for qualified STEM professionals? According to a new report issued by National PTA, families are the answer.
Posted on 22 Nov 2016
Strata + Hadoop World: Make data work; March 13-16, 2017, San Jose, California
Strata + Hadoop World is a 4-day immersion in the most challenging problems, intriguing use cases, and enticing opportunities in data today. Over a hundred of the most interesting people in data will take the stage to share their expertise and ideas, covering everything that's essential in data today, including: Sensors, IOT, and industrial applications, Real-time streaming and applications, Data science and advanced analytics, Concrete case studies of data at work, Law, ethics, privacy, and open data, Big data and data science in the cloud and much more.
Posted on 22 Nov 2016
Women Startup Challenge VR and AI
Women Who Tech's fourth Women Startup Challenge is showcasing and funding innovative, women-led startups focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR) that are solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. The Challenge, in partnership with Craig Newmark of craigslist, the Craig Newmark Foundation, and sponsored in part by Fred and Joanne Wilson, will award $50,000 in cash and other startup friendly services at Google in NYC on February 15, 2017. (Prizes subject to change.) Startups in the AI, AR, and VR field with at least one woman Cofounder can apply to this challenge. The 10 best applicants will be selected to pitch their startup on stage in front of our distinguished judging panel of investors and hundreds of attendees in New York City in February 2017.
Posted on 22 Nov 2016

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