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The Math Problem Diverting Women Out Of STEM Careers
The pipeline that funnels women into careers in math and science is leaky all the way along along, but if one particular leak could be plugged, it might make a dramatic difference. Researchers have identified one change that would increase the number of women in so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) by 75 percent. A new study finds that women are 1.5 times more likely to leave their STEM studies after their first college course in calculus, a crucial stepping stone for those pursuing a career in the field. Despite having above-average mathematical abilities and preparedness, women are more likely to both start and end the course with lower mathematical confidence than men. They report that they don't understand the course material, meaning they leave that educational track and are diverted from STEM fields.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
Apple says all US employees now receive equal pay for equal work
Apple released updated diversity figures indicating it has made slight but steady progress in hiring more women and underrepresented minorities - and ensuring those employees are paid the same as their white male counterparts. The new numbers, outlined on Apple's dedicated diversity and inclusion webpage, indicate the company increased the percentage of female new hires from 31 percent in 2014 to 37 percent so far this year, while the figure for underrepresented minorities has increased from 21 percent of new hires to 27 percent in 2016. While Apple's progress has been slow with regard to hiring, it is making more substantial changes to how it compensates individuals. According to the report, the company has remedied pay gaps between white and nonwhite employees and men and women in the US. It did so by analyzing salaries, bonuses, and annual stock grants, to ensure its workers in similar roles with equitable performance earn the same amount of money.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
New Models to Measure STEM Equity
AWIS Director of Research, Dr. Heather Metcalf, featured in CBE-Life Sciences Education special issue journal on broadening participation.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
Seven Leading Engineering Diversity Organizations Awarded Grant for ASSIST: Strengthening Engineering Faculty through Diversity Serving Professional Organization Engagement
In an effort to increase the diversity of engineering faculty, the National Science Foundation awarded $2.9 Million to the following leading national engineering diversity organizations: Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), MAES: Latinos in Science and Engineering, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), SACNAS: Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). This collaborative research project, titled ASSIST: Strengthening Engineering Faculty through Diversity Serving Professional Organization Engagement, is a historic first step toward long-term collaboration between the organizations. The establishment of this collaborative infrastructure between these organizations will result in the design, implementation and evaluation of a model for effectively increasing the number of underrepresented engineering faculty across all institutional types.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
ESADE organises open innovation gathering, Barcelona, Spain, 15-16 Dec 2016
The event will bring together more than 170 scholars and industry leaders in Barcelona and aims to close the gap between research and the practical implementation of open innovation. The event will bring together more than 170 scholars and industry leaders in Barcelona and aims to close the gap between research and the practical implementation of open innovation. The World Open Innovation Conference is being held in Europe for the first time. The conference chair is Prof. Henry Chesbrough of the Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences at ESADE, who is known for coining the term - open innovation - to describe the new trend of opening up business innovation processes to the outside world. Open innovation allows universities and research centres to offer the business community real solutions while also enabling companies to commercialise their innovation processes or use technologies and processes designed by other companies.
Posted on 30 Jul 2016
1000 GIRLS, 1000 FUTURES
K-12 Alliance Member The New York Academy of Sciences is looking for mentors for their 1,000 Girls, 1,000 Futures program! Mentors in the program work with young women in high school who are interested in STEM fields and are developing their 21st century and college readiness skills.
Posted on 30 Jul 2016
Academic Alliance
Interested in joining NCWIT? The NCWIT Academic Alliance brings together more than 1,400 distinguished representatives from academic computing programs at more than 400 colleges and universities across the country, spanning research universities, community colleges, women's colleges, and minority-serving institutions. Charged with implementing institutional change in higher education, the Academic Alliance provides feedback on NCWIT programs, contributes and adopts effective practices, and serves as a national agent of change. It meets several times per year to compare approaches and provide guidance and mutual support. Membership in the AA is free for participating academic institutions.
Posted on 30 Jul 2016
Google for Education: Google Travel and Conference Grants
At Google, we believe a diversity of attributes, experiences, and perspectives are needed to build tools that can change the world. Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a career in computer science and technology, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability or military service. To help break down the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups in computer science from attending leading tech conferences, we're excited to offer Google Travel and Conference Grants for selected conferences in Computer Science and related fields. Grants are available in North America for all traditionally underrepresented groups in technology (including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, women and veterans) and in Europe for women in technology.
Posted on 30 Jul 2016
AAES Receives Top ASAE Honors for Its Engineering Competency Model
The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) - of which the Society of Women Engineers is a member - has earned a 2016 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Power of A Gold Award for its Engineering Competency Model (ECM). They've long needed a competency model for engineers, but until recently no widely accepted model was available. The development process was the united effort of representatives from across the engineering community, and SWE was very active in the design and vetting of the model. Given that they had their own leadership competency model for more than six years, their expertise was welcomed and appreciated.
Posted on 30 Jul 2016
Low math confidence discourages female students from pursuing STEM disciplines
Female college students are 1.5 times more likely than their male counterparts to leave science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) after taking the first course in the calculus series, new research finds. The study, published last week in PLOS ONE, supports what many educators have observed and earlier studies have documented: A lack of confidence in mathematical ability, not mathematical capability itself, is a major factor in dissuading female students from pursuing STEM.
Posted on 30 Jul 2016

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