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Why Female Students Leave STEM
In a new working paper, Georgetown University researchers explored what drives women who entered a STEM major to switch to something else. Their findings, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, show that the answer is a complex combination of factors, including the environment, perception of the major and grades. It also showed that previous theories don't always hold up.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017
What Being a Female Hacker Is Really Like
Malware researcher Amanda Rousseau shares what it's really like to be a female hacker, and why more people should make hacking their job.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017
Why Men Don't Believe The Data On Gender Bias In Science
Earlier this summer Google engineer James Damore posted a treatise about gender differences on an internal company message board and was subsequently fired. The memo ignited a firestorm of debate about sex discrimination in Silicon Valley; this followed months of reporting on accusations of harassment at Uber and elsewhere. Sex discrimination and harassment in tech, and in science more broadly, is a major reason why women leave the field. Nationally, there has long been handwringing about why women are underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), which has led to calls for increased mentoring, better family leave policies, and workshops designed to teach women how to negotiate like men.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017
Women can't crack the glass ceiling when it comes to tech boards
Concerted efforts to address gender disparities and a Silicon Valley sexual harassment scandal that has focused greater attention on the treatment of women have done little to crack tech's ultimate glass ceiling. Women continue to be severely underrepresented on the boards of tech companies, both public and private, even as the number of women on corporate boards overall ticks up slightly, new research shows. The proportion of women named to the boards of companies in the Russell 3000 index was 16.2% in 2017, according to research firm Equilar. For tech companies, that figure was 14.3%, the latest evidence that the industry continues to lag others.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017
Purdue enrollment in computer science doubles in five years
Undergraduate enrollment in Purdue's Department of Computer Science has more than doubled since 2012, a circumstance that will help fill a national shortage. In recent years, educators and employers in computer science have received a wakeup call: They need employees to fill the hundreds of thousands of vacant jobs in the field, especially women and underrepresented minorities, according to a Purdue press release. About 530,000 computing jobs are open nationwide, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology predicts that only 41 percent of jobs in the field will be filled by 2024.
Posted on 01 Sep 2017
Workshop of the Micro-Nano-Bio Systems cluster of EU funded activities; Amsterdam, 12.-13.12 2017
MNBS 2017 will emphasise on translating technologies into competitive, validated and manufacturable products to impact citizen's life & industry. The programme will include oral and poster presentations from EU-funded and other MNBS related Research & Innovation projects and invited sessions, bringing technologies and solution providers closer to business and to end-users.
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
Help Your Kids Love Math And Science, Even If You Don't
You can engage even little kids in science play, building it right into everyday activities. Your preschooler can sort laundry into lights and darks - that's math play. Your school age child can count change - that's math play, too. Not sure how to get started with math and science play? These resources offer ideas for kids from preschool to high school.
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
What the Science Actually Says About Gender Gaps in the Workplace
Former Google engineer James Damore was hardly the first person to argue that biological differences between men and women determine career outcomes. Many people - even smart, science-minded ones - have asserted that biological differences can explain the gender gap in math, engineering, and science. A 2005 Gallup poll found that 21% of Americans believed men were better than women in terms of their math and science abilities (though 68% believed men and women were about the same). The fact that this argument keeps coming up means that we need to engage with it and clarify which claims are supported by evidence and which are not.
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity
The business case for diversity is clear. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement, and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow - there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership positions, and certain industries like tech and finance are lacking diversity at all levels. And many diversity programs fail. Based on evidence that diversity initiatives are more effective if they start at the top, read the interview of 11 CEOs .
Posted on 22 Aug 2017
Survey Finds Women in Tech Get Punished for Reporting Harassment
After noticing a tech industry influencer posting in a start-ups and entrepreneurs' Facebook group, 18-year-old Lydia Jones sent him a polite message asking if he knew any local members of the tech industry who could mentor her. But his response tried to take the conversation in a totally different direction.
Posted on 22 Aug 2017

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