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Megan Lee is promoting women scientists in a creative way
Artist Megan Lee has no science background. However, after watching a documentary about Nikola Tesla in 2010, who is well known for his work in electricity, and more specifically his alternating current (AC) idea, she became curious about this ''rock star of science'', and decided to make a simple and quick design to put on her wall inspired by his scientific career and contributions.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
Talent Matters: In the push for STEM, women don't have to get left behind
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are often lauded as the way of the future, but in one way they feel stuck in the past: gender diversity. In the U.S. alone, where gender diversity is more advanced than in many countries, women make up 46 percent of the civilian labor force but only 26 percent of STEM occupations. New graduates entering the workforce will not close this gender gap. Only about 18 percent of women take STEM courses at the university level and women make up just 31 percent of the total STEM graduate population. Women also show far greater likelihood than men of moving to non-STEM careers later. CEB's projections show that these metrics are unlikely to change in the near future as only half the number of women as men will join STEM jobs from the graduate population over the next 15 years.
Posted on 21 Aug 2016
Call for posters and demos at Cloud Forward 2016
Cloud Forward 2016 invites SMEs and post-graduate students to present their innovative products, services, technologies, theses and R&D interests in cloud computing as a poster or demo to a wide audience from academia and industry. Deadline for submission is 16 September 2016.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
New AP Course in Computer Science Principles Aims to Make Tech Accessible
Less than 10 percent of computer scientists are African-Americans and Hispanics, and only 18 percent of women major in computer science, the National Science Foundation reveals. With statistics like those, it seems likely that most new jobs in computing - the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 1.4 million are expected to be created by 2020 - won't be filled by women or minorities. The College Board, the not-for-profit organization that administers the SAT exam and Advanced Placement program, wants to change that. Its new AP Computer Science Principlescourse will examine computing as a creative activity and help students to understand fundamental principles through collaboration. Unlike the existing AP Computer Science A, theCollege Board reports this program doesn't require students to bring a passion for technology and a basic knowledge of programming languages - simple curiosity is enough.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
Virtual reality could usher the dawn of gender equity in tech
The advent of virtual reality may mark a major turn toward gender equality in tech. The roaring debate regarding the lack of women working in technical roles has spawned a real effort to create gender equality in the workforce. We need a giant cultural shift, beginning with schools encouraging more women to study computer science to join these elite ranks and through to companies hiring more women for technical roles and grooming them for the climb to the C-suite. Can virtual reality be the catalyst? For those individuals who dare to be pioneers, new industries can create spaces for career breakthroughs. Virtual reality may represent a big opportunity for women developers and programmers in film, journalism, education, and gaming. There's been a lot of discussion recently about the need for morediversity in virtual reality as the industry begins to take off. It is estimated that by 2020 it will be a $30 billion industry and that currently about 22 percent of game developers in virtual reality are women. This shift is further supported by a new study that found women are considered better developers but only if they hide their gender.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
There's a Huge Gender Gap Among Inventors
According to a new analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women held fewer than one in five patents in 2010. And the numbers are even worse when it comes to women as primary inventors: Just a puny 8%.At the current rate of progress, gender equality among patent-holders is more than 75 years away-meaning that women won't close the ''patenting gap'' until 2092. The number of patents held by female inventors has seen a five-fold increase over the past 40 years, albeit from an extremely small base. In 2010, 18.8% of patent-holders were women, compared to 3.4% in 1977, according to IWPR.
Posted on 13 Aug 2016
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

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