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New Center Seeks Out Best Practices for Getting Women of Color into STEM
Three quarters of middle school girls show strong interest in science and math, yet only a tenth will go on to continue their studies in college. The result is that they're prevented from obtaining STEM jobs and excluded from the field as well as the high pay those careers promise. To address the challenge of getting girls and women of color, specifically, interested in science, technology, engineering and math will be the focus of a new center at Arizona State University. Kimberly Scott, an associate professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department, is heading up the institution's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. The mission will be to ''establish best practices for culturally responsive programs for girls of color.''
Posted on 24 Jan 2016
$500,000 STEM grant to fund 2 professorships for female faculty
A new five-year, $500,000 grant to support two professorships for female faculty will further the University's goal of attracting women to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The grant, which was announced last week, comes from the Henry Luce Foundation's Clare Boothe Luce Program and will fund two professorships for new female faculty in the computer science and electrical and computer engineering departments at Duke. The University has committed to spending another $2.5 million to fully fund both positions.
Posted on 24 Jan 2016
9 Differences Between Men and Women Learning to Code
Technology jobs are primarily the domain of men. Although there has been a push to promote women in tech over the last few years, there still seems to be a divide, with men outnumbering women at all of the major tech companies1 - usually hovering at or below a 70/30 split. Does this mean women simply aren't interested in learning tech skills, like programming? As the creator of a website that helps people teach themselves coding skills - and a woman - Laurence Bradford decided to dig a little deeper into my readership. In a recent survey Learn to Code With Me, there was a relatively even balance between the genders. Specifically, 264 people who identify as men took the survey, compared with 240 people who identify as female. Of course, there are biases in the data. The survey was not scientific. As all answers were self-submitted, they are, from a technical standpoint, unverifiable. Learn about 9 things Laurence Bradford discovered from the survey.
Posted on 19 Jan 2016
4 inspiring women shaping the future of the STEM workforce
Within the tech world, it's a known fact that women are outrageously underrepresented. Silicon Valley is notoriously full of white men, and even many of the giants of the tech corporate world reveal disappointing numbers regarding diversity in annual reports. In 2013, only 26% of computing professionals were female. But there's a shift occurring. As pushes for increased diversity - and more women - in STEM fields become stronger, more and more female students are enrolling in engineering programs and graduate studies. George Washington University's School of Engineering & Applied Science is one such institution making an impact. Its engineering graduate programs are consistently ranked as including some of the highest percentages of women in the nation. And the school's efforts extend beyond the student body; in 2013, half of all faculty hires were women. Read the profiles of several graduate students and faculty members on their efforts, STEM-focused projects and thoughts on the future of women in scientific fields.
Posted on 19 Jan 2016
GIST Tech-I Competition
The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online in an application consisting of an executive summary and promotional video. Their applications are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. Up to thirty finalists receive a trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), this year in Silicon Valley, to showcase their ventures and to receive intensive training. GIST Tech-I winners, selected by experts at the GES, win prizes, and receive one-on-one mentorship and training. Since 2011, innovators from around the globe have showcased their science and technology ventures to the world through GIST Tech-I Competitions. Thousands of expert reviews have taken place and the online voting public has cast over 1 million votes in support of these talented young innovators.
Posted on 19 Jan 2016
Nominations for Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System
An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will produce a report designed to answer the questions ''What will the likely future products of biotechnology be over the next 5-10 years? What scientific capabilities, tools, and/or expertise may be needed by the regulatory agencies to ensure they make efficient and sound evaluations of the likely future products of biotechnology?'' The committee will
describe the major advances and the potential new types of biotechnology products likely to emerge over the next 5-10 years, describe the existing risk analysis system for biotechnology products including, but perhaps not limited to, risk analyses developed and used by EPA, USDA, and FDA, and describe each agency's authorities as they pertain to the products of biotechnology, determine whether potential future products could pose different types of risks relative to existing products and organisms, where appropriate, identify areas in which the risks or lack of risks relating to the products of biotechnology are well understood and indicate what scientific capabilities, tools, and expertise may be useful to the regulatory agencies to support oversight of potential future products of biotechnology.
Posted on 19 Jan 2016
Diversity Policies Rarely Make Companies Fairer, and They Feel Threatening to White Men
U.S. companies spend millions annually on diversity programs and policies. Mission statements and recruitment materials touting companies' commitment to diversity are ubiquitous. And many managers are tasked with the complex goal of ''managing diversity'' - which can mean anything from ensuring equal employment opportunity compliance, to instituting cultural sensitivity training programs, to focusing on the recruitment and retention of minorities and women. Are all of these efforts working? In terms of increasing demographic diversity, the answer appears to be not really. The most commonly used diversity programs do little to increase representation of minorities and women. A longitudinal study of over 700 U.S. companies found that implementing diversity training programs has little positive effect and may even decrease representation of black women.
Posted on 07 Jan 2016
Paving The Way For Women In Science And Tech
The topic of women in science and tech is inevitably personal. Author Eileen Pollack was one of the first women to get a physics degree from Yale at a time when women in science was incredibly rare. Recently, entrepreneur Angie Chang paved her own way in Silicon Valley by creating a powerful network of women. While Pollack encountered isolation, cultural biases and challenges, Chang found ways to learn and engage with a supportive community of women developers and entrepreneurs. While we know that gender diversity only addresses a small part of the overall opportunity around inclusion, we had a chance to interview Pollack, the author of The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boy's Club and Chang of Women 2.0 and Hackbright Academy in the latest episode of Ventured about ways to encourage women to pursue science and tech, both in school and in their careers.
Posted on 07 Jan 2016
Artists wanted for collaboration with Future and Emerging Technologies projects
The Future Emerging Art and Technology (FEAT) project envisages an innovative ''cultural exchange'' by placing artists within different ongoing Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) projects. Between May 2016 and January 2017, five international artists will have the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into cutting-edge science by spending time with FET researchers on site. In addition to exciting collaborations between arts and sciences, the project aims to reach out to new audiences for FET research. Applications can be submitted until 31 January 2016.
Posted on 07 Jan 2016
Are Female Teachers Unintentionally Steering Girls Away From STEM?
Female teachers may be unwittingly harming the young girls they teach because of their unconscious gender bias and their own anxiety about math. Could the dearth of women in STEM jobs be due in part to this problem? Even though reams of evidence show that girls perform as well as boys when it comes to math aptitude, the bias against girls persists, and starts as early as kindergarten. And, too often, teachers who only want the best for girls are a large part of the problem. A 2015 study report by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which was conducted in Israel, shows how teachers' ''unconscious gender bias'' affects even such seemingly objective behavior as scoring math exams.
Posted on 29 Dec 2015

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