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We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem
Technology has a gender problem, as everyone knows. The underrepresentation of women in technical fields has spawned legions of TED talks, panels, and women-friendly coding boot camps. The women who are so assiduously learning to code seem to be devaluing certain tech roles simply by occupying them. Conventional wisdom says that the key to reducing gendered inequality in tech is giving women the skills they need to enter particular roles. But in practice, when more women enter a role, its value seems to go down more.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017
Expanding the Pipeline: Characteristics of Male and Female Prospective Computer Science Major - Examining Four Decades of Changes
Several years ago, after devoting many years to the study of the gender gap in STEM fields using nationwide data on first-year college students, it became clear to me that the study of STEM in the ''aggregate'' was no longer a realistic or useful way to examine women's progress in these fields. Not only does women's representation in undergraduate STEM vary dramatically by field (constituting as many as 58% of bachelor's degree earners in the biological sciences and only 18% of degree earners in computer science and engineering [NCES, 2015]), but STEM fields are distinct from each other in many other ways, including curriculum, career paths, and the types of students they attract.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017
Mark Zuckerberg On Lack Of Diversity In Tech: 'That's Our Problem To Figure Out'
The Facebook CEO joined students at North Carolina A&T, a historically black college and university (HBCU), to kick off the chancellor's speakers series on Monday. During the discussion, which was streamed live from his page, a student asked Zuckerberg how he plans to make his company more inclusive. She also asked what people of color can do to get jobs in those non-inclusive spaces. He told her that was the onus is on tech companies to fix the problem.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017
How Microsoft is inspiring girls to stay in STEM and MakeWhatsNext
To celebrate International Women's Day March 8, Microsoft announced Tuesday it is building upon last year's campaign encouraging girls to MakeWhatsNext. The new campaign aises awareness of the issues that cause girls to drop out of or lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and ''aims to pique their excitement in how they can change the world - if they stay engaged,'' writes Mary Snapp, corporate vice president of Microsoft Philanthropies. A new video challenges girls to stay in STEM so they are empowered to solve the problems they care about most, ranging from finding solutions to climate change to curing cancer, Snapp says. Additionally, to help shift perceptions about STEM jobs, Microsoft and LinkedIn launched a new experiential tool in conjunction with the campaign to demonstrate how girls can pursue their passions across industries and social causes.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
Trump signs laws to promote women in STEM
The White House just gave women in STEM a boost. President Donald Trump signed two laws on Tuesday that authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to encourage women and girls to get into STEM fields. Those are science, technology, engineering and math. The Inspire Act directs NASA to promote STEM fields to women and girls, and encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace. The law gives NASA three months to present two congressional committees with its plans for getting staff - think astronauts, scientists and engineers - in front of girls studying STEM in elementary and secondary schools. The full name of the law is the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers Women Act, in case you're wondering where the acronym Inspire comes from. The second law is the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act. It authorizes the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs aimed at women.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
The exact age when girls lose interest in science and math
A new survey commissioned by Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) found that young girls in Europe become interested in so-called STEM subjects around the age of 11 and then quickly lose interest when they're 15. ''Conformity to social expectations, gender stereotypes, gender roles and lack of role models continue to channel girls' career choices away from STEM fields,'' said psychology professor Martin Bauer of the London School of Economics, who helped coordinate the survey of 11,500 girls across 12 European countries. The survey also found that girls' interest in humanities subjects drops around the same age but then rebound sharply. Interest in STEM subjects does not recover.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
Intel Introduces An Anonymous Hotline In Hopes Of Hanging On To Its Diverse Hires
Ever since Intel made a $300 million, five-year investment in diversity and inclusion in 2015, the tech behemoth has kept its promise to release a semi-annual progress report. And while other Silicon Valley companies have recently delayed releasing their diversity numbers, Intel just released its latest statistical analysis of its staff.Other companies are demurring due to lack of progress, but Danielle Brown, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Intel, says that even incremental gains are important. And in this report, as in its last, some of the improvements look small in terms of percentage of increase. For example, underrepresented minorities in leadership roles increased to 7.1% in 2016 from 6.3% in 2015. Other stats show similar gains.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
High School Students develop innovative wildfire prediction and prevention device using machine learning technique
Two California sophomores from Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, Aditya Shah and Sanjana Shah, designed and built a Smart Wildfire Sensor device that can be used in a synchronized network of sensors to predict and prevent wildfire in a forest, using machine learning technique. The Smart Wild Fire sensors provide 92% accuracy in predicting fires. The analysis phase maps the images of accumulated biomass in real time.This data in conjunction with other environmental factors like weather, wind, air-quality predicts level of fire hazard accurately. This device uses Google's TensorFlow Neural Network to analyze the captured images in machine-learning phase. This solar powered device is designed to consume minimal power for prolonged battery life and LoRa (long range) low power wireless platform to cover the vast forest areas where GSM signals may not be available. This device is extremely useful to predict and prevent wildfires in the remote terrain where human access is often difficult.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
Who Should Be Responsible for Pushing Gender Diversity at Work?
Even though research has shown that there are concrete benefits to hiring and promoting more women into leadership positions, progress remains stilted in corporate America - especially at the top. Only 14 percent of executives at Fortune 500 companies are women. While the number of female board members has been increasing, the number of female executives remains stagnant despite efforts and stated corporate commitments to change the ratio. Jeffery Tobias Halter thinks that men should help spearhead efforts to change that. Tobias is the former director of diversity strategy at Coca-Cola, but since 2001, he's been working as a consultant focused on getting men to participate in gender-balancing initiatives. His company, YWomen, has worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including McDonald's, Walmart, GE, Citigroup, and Costo.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017
After all this time, Twitter finally found some women scientists to recommend
New users joining Twitter are presented with a list of recommended people to follow in categories like entertainment, government, gaming and politics. It's telling, then, to see what kinds of people Twitter has deemed influential enough to merit a spot on these lists, which often act as a gateway to hundreds of thousands of followers and widespread public recognition. Until today, if you were interested in ''Technology and Science,'' you were likely given a list that was 100% male. Then, Verge science editor Elizabeth Lopatto tweeted Eveleth's message at Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey - and actually got a response. Apparently, the Twitter team got to work. And the list reflected the changes.
Posted on 11 Mar 2017

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