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International Day Of Women And Girls In Science Highlights That Neuroscience Is Our Future
Last weekend global leaders in science, technology and diplomacy gathered at the United Nations and universities around the world for the third Annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The overall platform aims to mobilize women in a wide range of science disciplines, contributing to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Development Agenda. When only 30% of the world's researchers are women, this call for educational awareness and advocacy could not be more important to global public health. In recent years, women's involvement - particularly in leadership roles - in the sciences have varied by region and discipline, and continually shift by sector and generational cohorts. The U.S. in particular has seen positive overall results in the number of women in science, but that's not equally reflected in positions of leadership - or for women of color. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as recently as 2016 Black women (2.9%), Latinas (3.6%) and Asian women (4.8%) collectively made up very small portions of those graduating with STEM degrees.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
Meet the Scirens: three actresses championing women in STEM
The Scirens, a group of three Hollywood actresses passionate about science, share their commitment to creating new stories for women in STEM with DiscovHER.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
2018 Tracks
The GHC 18 tracks is offering a wide-range of fields for every technical woman. Speakers will participate in presentations, panels, or workshops. GHC is actively looking for and encourage you to submit intermediate and advanced level content. They are also accepting submissions for the Mentoring Circles (formerly Student Opportunity Lab) and the Poster Session.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
Computer Science for All and Silicon Valley: Generous Support or Corporate Takeover?
Computer science is taking off in K-12 schools, fueled in part by hundreds of millions of dollars and aggressive lobbying from the technology industry. Cue the concerned chorus. Is Silicon Valley - currently under harsh scrutiny for its consumer products and services - attempting to reshape public schools to serve its own ends? How are the tech industry's desires and dollars actually shaping what computer science looks like in real classrooms? And given rapid advances in artificial intelligence, will a short-term focus on filling today's tech-sector jobs ultimately backfire? As part of deep dive on the 'Computer Science for All' movement, Education Week explored those questions with a number of heavy hitters in the field.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
GHC Offers a Unique Opportunity for Researchers
The Grace Hopper Celebration hosts a Poster Session for individuals to share their latest research in computing. It's a perfect chance to get feedback for those who are not yet at the stage of writing a formal paper or just to gain experience talking at a large conference. Are you interested in speaking at the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC 18) in September? Don't miss the chance to learn more about your field, network with new people, and discover how you can further your career.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
Participate in BRAID
BRAID Affiliates are institutions that have committed to increasing the diversity of their computing departments, but do not receive funding through the BRAID initiative. Institutions selected to be BRAID Affiliates are invited to participate in BRAID for one year. Affiliates learn best practices from our BRAID schools, and participate in the annual BRAID Summit, which gathers together all the BRAID stakeholders for two and a half days of discussion, ideation, and inspiration.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
CoNECD; April 29 - May 2, 2018; Crystal City, Virginia, USA
The only conference dedicated to all the diverse groups that comprise our engineering and computing workforce. The vision of the CoNECD (pronounced, ''connected'') Conference is to provide a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in the engineering and computing professions including gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity, disability, veterans, LGBTQ+, 1st generation and socio-economic status.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
ACT-W National Conference; April 10 - 13, 2018; Phoenix, AZ
ChickTech is a nonprofit organization dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. ChickTech envisions a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women. All proceeds from the ACT-W National Conference go towards providing local high school girls with STEM education programs and spreading ChickTech's reach to create a culture of inclusion for all!
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
Melinda Gates on Paid Leave, Gender Disparities at Work, and MeToo: 'I Get That Men Are Scared'
A little over two yeas ago, Glamour asked Melinda Gates, cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, what kind of headline she'd write to sum up progress for women over the past 25 years. Her answer? ''Amazing Progress and Also Still Some Gaps.'' Since then, she's been pushing hard to fill those gaps, pledging to get 225 million women access to birth control by 2020, advocating for paid family leave, and trying to change the bro-topia culture of Silicon Valley. Today she and husband Bill released their Tenth Annual Letter, a sort of update on their work at the Gates Foundation and always a glance at their pure optimism about the world. This year's letter focuses on the toughest questions they've been asked over the years. Glamour editor-in-chief Samantha Barry added a few more to the list - and she opened up about how she discusses -MeToo with her own family, and why she'll never stop pushing for reproductive rights for women.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
How to Find a Woman Scientist
A new database is fighting the poor visibility of women in STEM by offering female professionals as speakers, panelists, experts, course leaders and advocates for diversity and equity. Women from across the world continue to be underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In the U.S.- where women make up nearly half of the workforce - they were merely 26 percent of the STEM workforce in 2011 according to the United States Census Bureau. President Obama's White House worked hard to expand the participation of women, girls and minorities in STEM fields by encouraging mentoring; initiating Let Girls Learn, a program to ensure that adolescent girls worldwide reach secondary school; and retaining women in science careers by investing in affordable childcare. Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a grassroots organization called 500 Women Scientists was established to help propel and maintain the momentum of such efforts. Its founders and members pledged to speak up for science and for women. They would do this by boosting scientific literacy through public engagement, strengthening the role of science in society, and changing the face of what a scientist looks like. More than 20,000 people, mostly women but also a couple thousand men, signed the pledge.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018

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