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Supporting prospective women in STEM starts with accessible mentors
A recent UW study explored current gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and it concluded that an unwelcoming culture was the main deterrent to women entering these fields. Lead author Sapna Cheryan, an associate professor in psychology, said that most studies focus on disparities in STEM fields as a whole, but this one focused on the presence of higher representation in some fields versus others. Although women are well-represented in certain STEM fields like biology, chemistry, and math, the disparity becomes more apparent in computer science, engineering, and physics.
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Posted on 31 Oct 2016
When A Company Is Failing, Female CEOs Get Blamed More Frequently Than Men
It's not your imagination or a just a hunch: Female chief executives are treated differently by the media than their male counterparts, a new analysis of press coverage of CEOs confirms. As you might expect, female CEOs' personal and family lives are much more frequently the subject of articles, according to the study, an examination of news coverage of 20 chief executives - men and women - released Wednesday by the Rockefeller Foundation. More striking than that? The study's authors could not find a single article written about a male CEO that mentioned family life.
Posted on 31 Oct 2016
Meet Dot, the new children's show character inspiring girls to embrace tech
Dot is like a lot of 8-year-old girls in 2016 - spirited, smart and savvy when it comes to all things tech. Although Dot is a cartoon, she is doing real-world work to inspire girls to take these qualities into their adult lives. A new children's show, Dot, featuring the young character recently premiered in the hopes of tackling tech's gender gap. The titular character is a spunky girl with insatiable curiosity about the world - and she uses technology to help learn, create and explore. The groundbreaking show explores what it's like to live as a child - particularly a young girl - in a tech-focused world.
Posted on 31 Oct 2016
Film 'She Started It' eyes struggle of women tech entrepreneurs
''She Started It'' focuses primarily on two young women: Thuy Truong, a Vietnamese serial entrepreneur, and Stacey Ferreira, who dropped out of college to pursue a business idea. Ferreira and her brother had already started and sold a company successfully. Directors and producers Insiyah Saeed and Nora Poggi followed Truong and Ferreira for two years, capturing moments like Truong practice-pitching at 500 Startups, venture capitalist Dave McClure's fund and accelerator, and Ferreira listening to her mother extol the virtues of going to college, while telling Ferreira's brother that many successful people don't.
Posted on 31 Oct 2016
Design Interactive Place-Based Learning with Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) and 360 image exploration provide educators with opportunities to embrace Placed-Based Education by extending the walls of the classroom to learn in virtual environments near and far. The availability of inexpensive VR headsets, 360 cameras and a variety of apps to create 360 photos has brought VR closer to the mainstream in education this year. This increased access to VR resources provides educators with a natural fit for learning through Place-Based Education. At the most basic level, one way to embrace 'Genius Loci', the spirit of a place, is to provide students with opportunities to tell digital stories about local areas of interest powered by ThingLink's interactive 360 image editor. The tool provides a seamless way for students to capture learning on the go through mobile devices, and it offers a platform for constructing deep digital stories.
Posted on 20 Oct 2016
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

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