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True Stories of How 'A Wrinkle in Time' Inspired Female Scientists
Back in 1962 when ''A Wrinkle in Time'' was first published, smart, young females who liked science were scarce. But author Madeline L'Engle was nothing if not a visionary, and so was her book's main character, Meg Murry. The glasses-wearing, science-loving girl who ends up saving her father has captivated girls and boys alike for decades. Now, she's set to rule the silver screen come March 9, 2018 when the Disney film hits theaters. Even better than the diverse star-power behind the film (the cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, among others), is the message Meg continues to send to girls and women today that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers are decidedly not the boys clubs they once were. In fact women made up 24 percent of the Americans employed in STEM occupations in 2015.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
Perish not publish? New study quantifies the lack of female authors in scientific journals
''Publish or perish'' is tattooed on the mind of every academic. Like it or loathe it, publishing in high-profile journals is the fast track to positions in prestigious universities with illustrious colleagues and lavish resources, celebrated awards and plentiful grant funding. Yet somehow, in the search to understand why women's scientific careers often fail to thrive, the role of high-impact journals has received little scrutiny. One reason is that these journals don't even collect data about the gender or ethnic background of their authors. To examine the representation of women within these journals, Jason Webster and Yuichi Shoda, delved into MEDLINE, the online repository that contains records of almost every published peer-reviewed neuroscience article. They used the database to predict the gender of first and last authors on over 166,000 articles published between 2005 and 2017 in high-profile journals that include neuroscience, our own scientific discipline. The results were dispiriting.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
Barbie releases new dolls to mark International Women's Day
A trailblazing film director. A snowboarding champion. A pioneering mathematician for NASA. An iconic artist. Barbie is marking International Women's Day by honoring some of the inspiring women of the present and the past. The brand announced on Tuesday - a day before International Women's day - that it has chosen 17 modern-day and historic role models to honor with a doll in their likeness.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
Twitter claims it was more diverse in 2017, but that's not what the data shows
Twitter on Friday published data that appeared to show its workforce was more diverse in 2017, but the way Twitter currently measures diversity makes it hard to tell how much progress the company is actually making. According to Twitter's diversity data, ''underrepresented minorities'' - which Twitter defined as non-white and non-Asian - now make up 12.5 percent of the company's total workforce, up from 11 percent in 2016. But that 12.5 percent includes people who specifically declined to identify their ethnicity on Twitter's internal survey, according to a company spokesperson. That unidentified group makes up 2.9 percent of Twitter's workforce and is being classified as ''underrepresented minorities'' even though this contingent specifically declined to be classified. There is no way to tell what ethnicity they actually are. If you subtract that group from Twitter's list of ''underrepresented minorities,'' it shows non-white and non-Asian employees at Twitter made up just 9.6 percent of the company workforce, a decline from 11 percent in 2016. So while Twitter said its ranks were more diverse last year, that may not actually be true.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
Why Aren't There More Women in Science and Technology?
A new study finds puzzling national differences: a bigger share of STEM degrees for women in Tunisia than in Sweden . A key tenet of modern feminism is that women will have achieved equity only when they fill at least 50% of the positions once filled by men. In some fields, women have already surpassed that target - now comprising, for example, 50.7% of new American medical students, up from just 9% in 1965, and 80% of veterinary students. But the needle has hardly moved in many STEM fields - such as the physical sciences, technology, engineering and math, in which barely 20% of the students are female. A new study suggests some surprising reasons.
Posted on 13 Mar 2018
International Day Of Women And Girls In Science Highlights That Neuroscience Is Our Future
Last weekend global leaders in science, technology and diplomacy gathered at the United Nations and universities around the world for the third Annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The overall platform aims to mobilize women in a wide range of science disciplines, contributing to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Development Agenda. When only 30% of the world's researchers are women, this call for educational awareness and advocacy could not be more important to global public health. In recent years, women's involvement - particularly in leadership roles - in the sciences have varied by region and discipline, and continually shift by sector and generational cohorts. The U.S. in particular has seen positive overall results in the number of women in science, but that's not equally reflected in positions of leadership - or for women of color. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as recently as 2016 Black women (2.9%), Latinas (3.6%) and Asian women (4.8%) collectively made up very small portions of those graduating with STEM degrees.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
Meet the Scirens: three actresses championing women in STEM
The Scirens, a group of three Hollywood actresses passionate about science, share their commitment to creating new stories for women in STEM with DiscovHER.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
2018 Tracks
The GHC 18 tracks is offering a wide-range of fields for every technical woman. Speakers will participate in presentations, panels, or workshops. GHC is actively looking for and encourage you to submit intermediate and advanced level content. They are also accepting submissions for the Mentoring Circles (formerly Student Opportunity Lab) and the Poster Session.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
Computer Science for All and Silicon Valley: Generous Support or Corporate Takeover?
Computer science is taking off in K-12 schools, fueled in part by hundreds of millions of dollars and aggressive lobbying from the technology industry. Cue the concerned chorus. Is Silicon Valley - currently under harsh scrutiny for its consumer products and services - attempting to reshape public schools to serve its own ends? How are the tech industry's desires and dollars actually shaping what computer science looks like in real classrooms? And given rapid advances in artificial intelligence, will a short-term focus on filling today's tech-sector jobs ultimately backfire? As part of deep dive on the 'Computer Science for All' movement, Education Week explored those questions with a number of heavy hitters in the field.
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
GHC Offers a Unique Opportunity for Researchers
The Grace Hopper Celebration hosts a Poster Session for individuals to share their latest research in computing. It's a perfect chance to get feedback for those who are not yet at the stage of writing a formal paper or just to gain experience talking at a large conference. Are you interested in speaking at the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC 18) in September? Don't miss the chance to learn more about your field, network with new people, and discover how you can further your career.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018

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