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''The Industry Is Fundamentally Broken'': Women On Sexism In Silicon Valley
Sexism in tech isn't new. But 2017 has been the year that the harassment and bias that many women in Silicon Valley have long endured has come to light. Uber along with several venture capital firms have been outed for fostering environments where sexual harassment and discrimination have thrived. The fallout has been swift and public. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor is investigating wage disparity at Google, and now as many as 90 former employees are suing over similar discrepancies.
Posted on 21 Oct 2017
The fight against the flu
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that assistant professor of biochemistry Tijana Ivanovic has received a New Innovator Award to conduct research that may improve our chances of forecasting a flu pandemic. Right now, we have no way of predicting which strain of the flu virus will evolve and become capable of being passed from human to human. She hopes to change this. The New Innovator Award is one of the most prestigious grants an early-career scientist can get. It's part of the NIH's High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program aimed at encouraging cutting-edge, out-of-the-box science. Ivanovic will receive $1.5 million over five years.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
WITI and Ellie Mae Present: The Future of Artificial Intelligence - Why it's critical to your Company and Career!, OCTOBER 24, 2017
In this network event speakers will talk about The future of Artificial Intelligence: The impact of AI on employment, workforce, finance and healthcare. What happens when your computer knows you better than you know yourself? How is the technical landscape changing? Is the workforce changing apace? What are the gaps between talent and industry needs? What should new grads be learning to stay ahead of the curve? Are you integrating new tools to accommodate for this changing landscape?
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
European Big Data Value Forum, 21 -23 November, Versailles, France
The European Data Forum (EDF) is a key European event for industry professionals, business developers, researchers, and policy makers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the European data economy and data-driven innovation in Europe. Likewise, the Big Data Value Association Summit (BDVA) has quickly grown into a renowned event for all stakeholders in the European data economy. This year EDF and BDVA join forces to bring you the European Big Data Value Forum that will be held in Versailles (Palais des Congres), France from 21st to 23rd November 2017.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Solving the STEM shortage: CPD improves science teacher retention
New research shows that continuing professional development (CPD) can play a significant role in retaining science teachers and improving science education. Commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by Education Datalab, the research found that science teachers who participate in CPD through STEM Learning are much more likely to remain in teaching. One in 12 teachers who did not participate in STEM Learning CPD left teaching within two years. This drops to 1 in 30 for those who did, when other factors (such as age and gender) are taken into account, increasing the odds of remaining by 160%. STEM Learning provides high quality, subject-specific CPD for science teachers and technicians across the UK that already has proven impact on teachers and their students.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Wellcome's latest report highlights current state of UK primary science education
Wellcome has published a new report which explores the nature of primary science delivery across the UK. Commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by CFE Research with the University of Manchester, the report looks into science leaders, teachers and pupils' opinions of science. This report has been released prior to Wellcome's UK-wide primary science campaign, which is due to launch this term.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Gatsby launches Good Practical Science report to transform practical science education
A new report outlining ten benchmarks to transform practical science education in England been published by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. The Good Practical Science report details recommendations to help secondary schools achieve world-class science education. The benchmarks include recommendations for schools, policymakers, Ofsted and teacher trainers. Looking at more than 400 secondary schools in England to gauge the status of practical science, the report also involved visits to world-leading nations including Finland, Germany and Singapore to learn what was done differently internationally.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Gender Summit 11 - North America, 6 - 8 November 2017, Montreal, Canada
There is strong evidence that gender diversity in research leads to higher-impact research, fosters greater innovation, and results in enhanced business performance. It is thus important that gender disparity be addressed across sectors, by academic and corporate organizations, nonprofit and for-profit alike. The experts on this panel will offer insight into how organizations can position themselves as stewards of research to promote fairness and equity in scholarly recognition. With a focus on the practical, they will share how data can be used to assess gender gaps at the institutional and disciplinary level and to inform policies and implementation plans across all types of organizations.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Tech pays some of the highest salaries in the US - there's just one problem
In the tech industry, while jobs are in high demand and offer some of the highest salaries in the country, the wage gap is still apparent. And not just between men and women but among employees of different races, too. An attempt to equalize pay has reached the top of many companies' agendas, particularly with high-profile employers like Google addressing workplace parity and diversity. But while these initiatives have gained momentum, the wage gap has closed only slightly. The Institute For Women's Policy Research predicts women won't reach pay equity with men until 2059, and black women won't reach pay equity until 2124. Job-platform website Hired analyzed salary data of tech-industry workers, looking at how gender, race and sexual orientation impact pay and pay expectations. Read about the findings.
Posted on 07 Oct 2017
Lessons from Yelp's Empirical Approach to Diversity
Beginning in 2013, a handful of tech companies (including Yelp, where some of us work, Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook) began to research and release data on the diversity of their workforces. The numbers were grim. For instance, in 2014 only 10% of Yelp's engineers were female. Seven percent of Yelp employees were Hispanic, and 4% were black. These figures were similar at other tech companies, most of which had fewer than 20% of their technical positions filled by women and had low representation of black and Hispanic employees. At Yelp and elsewhere, seeing these numbers was a wake-up call.
Posted on 27 Sep 2017

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