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Posted on 30 Nov 2017
Calling all women postdocs in STEM
The L'Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships program. Celebrating its fourteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists over $3.5 million in grants. L'Oreal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to manage the program's application and peer-review process. Each year, the program attracts talented applicants from diverse STEM fields, representing some of the nation's leading academic institutions and laboratories.The 2018 L'Oreal USA for Women in Science application period will open December 4th, 2017 and will close on February 2nd, 2018.
Posted on 30 Nov 2017
2018 Act-W National, April 11th -13th, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ
The main focus is to truly create a sense of community and offer engagement for all experience levels, diversity groups, and tech professionals, combining the benefits of our regional ACT-W Conferences to open it up to our thousands of ChickTech members! All proceeds from the first annual ACT-W National Conference go towards providing STEM education programs to local high school girls and expanding the global ChickTech network to truly impact the reach of women in tech!
Posted on 30 Nov 2017
CS4RI Summit 2017, 13th December 2017, Rhode Island University
The CS4RI Summit aims to inspire the next generation of computer scientists, entrepreneurs, and engaged tech sector employees... and anyone who wants to build the skills of the future. Together, let's excite students with the many educational and career opportunities that result from studying CS. We're challenging the entire Rhode Island community, from kindergarteners to CEOs, to showcase and celebrate computer science in action!
Posted on 30 Nov 2017
The biggest buzzword in Silicon Valley doesn't make any sense
Algorithms have an inordinate amount of influence on our lives. The predominant ones largely dictate the friends we interact with online, the goods we buy, and the news we see. An algorithm (YouTube's) even made Justin Bieber happen-and that's probably the least impressive example. In a society as tech-obsessed as ours, this prevalence means that algorithms have obtained an almost magical quality. They represent the deus ex machina of the science-fiction thriller that is real life, a plot device that makes our tools do the things they do. According to anthropologist Nick Seaver of Tufts University, algorithms have so thoroughly graduated into the realm of cultural abstraction that they should be studied anthropologically. Seaver studies technology's effects on contemporary culture - he's written a whole book about the codes that select music for us - and says algorithms' outsize role in culture means that we have to understand what they are and how we think about them from a cultural perspective. In the latest issue of Big Data and Society (pdf), Seaver argues that even the word ''algorithm'' has moved beyond computer-science definitions and no longer refers to computer code compiled to perform a task. It belongs to all and is fair game for social scientists, like himself, to define in complex terms.
Posted on 30 Nov 2017
21 Weird Tech Job Titles Of The Future
While many human workers fear that they will ultimately be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI), it's more likely that our current workforce will shift into new types of roles for people, according to a new report from professional services company Cognizant. ''In the future, work will change but won't go away,'' the report stated. ''Work will continue to be core to our identities, our nature, our dreams and our realities. But it won't necessarily be the work we know or do now.''
Posted on 30 Nov 2017
L'Oreal Honors Women Scientists
Five postdoctoral women scientists were awarded grants for their groundbreaking research and commitment to closing the gender gap in STEM fields.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
The wage gap exists because women are discouraged from higher-paying careers
The average woman makes 79 cents for every dollar that the average man earns. Yes, this is an average across all professions. Yes, although the severity varies from field to field, the wage gap still exists. But no, it is not because women choose to be paid less. Women are often discouraged from pursuing careers in higher-paying fields and face challenges when it comes to being promoted. The trend of women pursuing lower-paying careers is visible at ASU, with social work and education programs containing a much higher proportion of women than do engineering or business programs. Nancy Jurik, a professor of justice and social inquiry at ASU's School of Social Transformation, said that many job markets are often geared against women. ''There are a lot of studies where they have attempted to statistically control on the level of education, the industry, the occupation, the college major, the hours worked, how much of work life was continuous, and when you do that, there's still a gender gap,'' Jurik said. While women often end up in lower-paying careers, this is not so much of a conscious choice to be paid less so much as it is the result of years of outside influences and discouragement from these careers.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Training Programs and Reporting Systems Won't End Sexual Harassment. Promoting More Women Will
First, as a raft of studies has shown, harassment flourishes in workplaces where men dominate in management and women have little power. We've recently seen this imbalance wreak havoc in the entertainment and media industries, where it's long been understood that major players like movie producer Harvey Weinstein and former Fox News chief Roger Ailes could easily make or break women's careers. But this is also happening across the economy, with women in tech and law, saleswomen (particularly in retail), waitresses, hotel maids, and many others. Male-dominated management teams have been found to tolerate, sanction, or even expect sexualized treatment of workers, which can lead to a culture of complicity. People may chuckle over misbehavior rather than calling it out, for example, or they may ostracize harassed women, privately ashamed of not having spoken up. Reducing power differentials can help, not only because women are less likely than men to harass but also because their presence in management can change workplace culture.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Just More Evidence Women And Minorities Are Left Out Of VC Funding
If you want to start a new company and be really well-funded and successful, the best strategy is to be a white male who graduated from Stanford. That sounds horribly insensitive, but it's sadly true. A new study-confirming many other studies- of entrepreneurs who received funding or an exit within the last 12 months, finds that only 4% were women and 13% were minorities. Stanford emerged as the top school for producing such value-creating alumni at a higher rate than even the second and third place institutions - Harvard and University of California, Berkeley-combined. The results are from a study entitled ''Founders Funding & Exit Ranking USA,'' which was compiled by GraphicSprings, a London-based branding and design firm that works with startups and entrepreneurs. The group sorted through 5,000 funding announcements, company press releases, media reports and data from Bloomberg and Crunchbase from the last 12 months. ''First, we want to raise the alarm that not enough women entrepreneurs are getting funded,'' says Carl Davis, the marketing manager at GraphicSprings, in an email to Fast Company. The same is obviously true of minorities. In addition, going to college in proximity to the Valley is a good predictor of future success.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017

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