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New fellowship aims to increase diversity in the life sciences
A new program aims to launch the careers of diverse life scientists - including women and members of other underrepresented groups - by providing up to 8 years of support, covering both the postdoctoral training and junior faculty stages. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI's) Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, announced 19 September, will award up to 15 recipients with $60,000 of salary support and $20,000 in flexible funds paid to their institutions for each of up to 4 years of postdoc training. Fellows who obtain a tenure-track position at a U.S university that offers a doctorate in their field will then receive $250,000 of annual research support and $20,000 in flexible funds for up to an additional 4 years.
Posted on 20 Oct 2016
What It Will Take to Keep Women from Leaving STEM
A recent survey showed that STEM degrees are among the most lucrative for graduates. When you look at the gender breakdown of students entering these fields, it's about 60% male and 40% female, and at the PhD level the numbers are closer. But what happens as people's career trajectories progress? Over time, those talented women with their PhD in STEM start to drop out of technical and industrial careers. By the time careers reach leadership levels, as few as 15% of those talented women remain, according to some estimates. There are a number of reasons these women are dropping out of the workforce. Sexism in STEM fields takes many forms, including derogatory comments, stereotyping and harassment, opportunity gaps, and biases about what women should look like. What's more, women in these fields are paid less, promoted less, and have less access to prestigious work. Losing female talent in STEM is a detriment to research and innovation, especially because the supply of STEM cannot meet demands, and can lead to female customers being neglected by technological and social innovation.
Posted on 20 Oct 2016
Young Tech-Savvy Women Encouraged to Apply for Aspirations Awards
A search is underway for the best and brightest tech-savvy girls. The Aspirations in Computing Awards program recognizes the talent of high school girls in Minnesota, who are interested in technology. Kirsi Kuutti is a past award winner and former student at Duluth East, where she led the Daredevils robotics team. She's now a UMD student, and also works with NASA through the U.S. Department of State's Pathways Internship Program. "I flip-flop between UMD and NASA," Kuutti explains. "I do engineering work. I've built fluid systems, sat Console and Mission Control, and this spring I'll be returning to Mission Control to help with garbage collection on the space station."Kuutti is a 2013 winner in the Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards. The awards are sponsored by the The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). It's for high school women looking to pursue a computing degree or career.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
Why Women Matter - THE definitive resource book with comprehensive data
In the corporate world, women hold only 19.9% of board seats, 5% of CEO positions and 21.1% of executive officials. Women represent 12% of CFOs, 17% of CTOs, 14% of CMOs and 48% of CHROs and yes, 76% of HR managers. Women entrepreneurs have started approximately 11.3 million businesses and generate over $1.6 trillion in revenue. Access to capital remains the growth issue in the U.S. and globally. In the U.S. only 4-10% of venture capital funds go to women. In the world of finance, just 9.4% of fund managers are women. Sweden and Norway lead the way with female representation in finance. Women investors have returns that are on average 12% higher than men. Technology is challenging. While women hold 57% of professional jobs, only 25% of computing workforce positions are held by women and 30% of the overall tech workforce. Women are, however, leading the way in social media as 68% of all women use social media, compared to 62% of all men. Morgan James Publishing releases Women's Quick Facts: Compelling Data on Why Women Matter by STEMconnector. Facts tell the story; the numbers have an impact and extraordinary meaning. Women are the showcase of our economy and society, and this book is a significant resource on the case for women and their economic contribution. Gender equity is a major issue on all fronts. Women's Quick Facts aggregates compelling facts with more than 310 organizations cited.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
UMass Lowell wins $3.5M grant for women in STEM
A $3.5 million grant for UMass Lowell will fund a new initiative that aims to remove barriers for women in science, technology, engineering and math. The new initiative, called Making WAVES, comes thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is designed to help universities estabilsh a supportive environment for female faculty and faculty from other underrepresented populations. A UMass Lowell team of faculty researchers will develop new approaches to prevent microaggression and subtle biases that could discourage women from succeeding in a STEM environment.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
New HHMI efforts to help young scientists highlight ongoing diversity challenge
Last week the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), one of the nation's largest biomedical research charities, offered news about two programs intended to help early-career scientists. One press release announced a new effort to create a more diverse biomedical research workforce through fellowships to postdoctoral students who are black, Latino, or from other underrepresented groups. The other named 84 young faculty members who had just won a prestigious grant aimed at bolstering the next generation of scientific superstars. The timing of the two statements from the Bethesda, Maryland, nonprofit was coincidental. Put side-by-side, however, they unintentionally highlighted the continuing difficulties that the biomedical research community faces in diversifying-both its demographic makeup and also the mix of institutions that tend to win a lion's share of prestigious awards.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
FIE 2016 (Frontiers in Education)October 12- 15, 2016, Erie, USA
The 46th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference is a major international conference focusing on educational innovations and research in engineering and computing education. We welcome submissions related to educational issues in electrical and computer engineering, energy engineering, software engineering, computing and informatics, engineering design, and in other engineering disciplines. FIE 2016 continues a long tradition of disseminating results in these areas.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
Girls Who Code is launching a social network for its 40,000 alumni
Girls Who Code, an organization that connects girls with coding classes, is launching its own social network to give its students, alumni, and teachers a way to connect both during and once the program is over. Think of it as the equivalent of a newfangled old-boys club. The app is called the Girls Who Code Loop and it operates much like Reddit. Users join different loops or discussion threads based on their interests. Some Loops include Android developer, iOS developer, or jobs and internships. The main purpose of the app is to not only help women and girls in tech develop a community, but also get them to form and engage in local events like meetups. It's also devised to help them feel less isolated as they move through college and ultimately into the workforce.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
Highlights from the 2016 Women's Leadership Forum
On September 22, the second annual Women's Leadership Forum took place at AppNexus in New York City. The event brought together over 230 leaders from the global digital community for an afternoon of high-tempo keynote talks, networking, and thought-provoking discussion. To kick off the event, AppNexus CEO and co-founder Brian O'Kelley highlighted how the best managers, product managers, engineers and executives at AppNexus are women. He also spoke about the critical need to stand behind the women in our organizations, enable them to become great leaders, and hopefully have them bring the rest of the community along as they redefine what leadership means.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
Tech experience may help women gain entry to the boardroom
It's no secret that boardrooms need more women. Only one in five board members of companies in the S&P 500, a leading stock market index, are women, according to a 2015 study by Catalyst, a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating women's progress in the workplace. But new Accenture research points to an opportunity: many women who have succeeded in getting on boards have professional technology experience to help propel them. In fact, female directors are nearly twice as likely as their male counterparts to have professional technology experience. The purpose of the research - in which Accenture examined women's representation on the boards of more than 500 Forbes Global 2000 companies in 39 countries across five continents - was to understand the gender composition of corporate boards and the role technology plays in the careers of female board members. The research found that 16 per cent of female directors, compared with 9 per cent of male directors, have professional technology experience.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016

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