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New fellowship aims to increase diversity in the life sciences
A new program aims to launch the careers of diverse life scientists - including women and members of other underrepresented groups - by providing up to 8 years of support, covering both the postdoctoral training and junior faculty stages. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI's) Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, announced 19 September, will award up to 15 recipients with $60,000 of salary support and $20,000 in flexible funds paid to their institutions for each of up to 4 years of postdoc training. Fellows who obtain a tenure-track position at a U.S university that offers a doctorate in their field will then receive $250,000 of annual research support and $20,000 in flexible funds for up to an additional 4 years.
Posted on 20 Oct 2016
Why Women Matter - THE definitive resource book with comprehensive data
In the corporate world, women hold only 19.9% of board seats, 5% of CEO positions and 21.1% of executive officials. Women represent 12% of CFOs, 17% of CTOs, 14% of CMOs and 48% of CHROs and yes, 76% of HR managers. Women entrepreneurs have started approximately 11.3 million businesses and generate over $1.6 trillion in revenue. Access to capital remains the growth issue in the U.S. and globally. In the U.S. only 4-10% of venture capital funds go to women. In the world of finance, just 9.4% of fund managers are women. Sweden and Norway lead the way with female representation in finance. Women investors have returns that are on average 12% higher than men. Technology is challenging. While women hold 57% of professional jobs, only 25% of computing workforce positions are held by women and 30% of the overall tech workforce. Women are, however, leading the way in social media as 68% of all women use social media, compared to 62% of all men. Morgan James Publishing releases Women's Quick Facts: Compelling Data on Why Women Matter by STEMconnector. Facts tell the story; the numbers have an impact and extraordinary meaning. Women are the showcase of our economy and society, and this book is a significant resource on the case for women and their economic contribution. Gender equity is a major issue on all fronts. Women's Quick Facts aggregates compelling facts with more than 310 organizations cited.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
UMass Lowell wins $3.5M grant for women in STEM
A $3.5 million grant for UMass Lowell will fund a new initiative that aims to remove barriers for women in science, technology, engineering and math. The new initiative, called Making WAVES, comes thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is designed to help universities estabilsh a supportive environment for female faculty and faculty from other underrepresented populations. A UMass Lowell team of faculty researchers will develop new approaches to prevent microaggression and subtle biases that could discourage women from succeeding in a STEM environment.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
New HHMI efforts to help young scientists highlight ongoing diversity challenge
Last week the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), one of the nation's largest biomedical research charities, offered news about two programs intended to help early-career scientists. One press release announced a new effort to create a more diverse biomedical research workforce through fellowships to postdoctoral students who are black, Latino, or from other underrepresented groups. The other named 84 young faculty members who had just won a prestigious grant aimed at bolstering the next generation of scientific superstars. The timing of the two statements from the Bethesda, Maryland, nonprofit was coincidental. Put side-by-side, however, they unintentionally highlighted the continuing difficulties that the biomedical research community faces in diversifying-both its demographic makeup and also the mix of institutions that tend to win a lion's share of prestigious awards.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
FIE 2016 (Frontiers in Education)October 12- 15, 2016, Erie, USA
The 46th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference is a major international conference focusing on educational innovations and research in engineering and computing education. We welcome submissions related to educational issues in electrical and computer engineering, energy engineering, software engineering, computing and informatics, engineering design, and in other engineering disciplines. FIE 2016 continues a long tradition of disseminating results in these areas.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
Girls Who Code is launching a social network for its 40,000 alumni
Girls Who Code, an organization that connects girls with coding classes, is launching its own social network to give its students, alumni, and teachers a way to connect both during and once the program is over. Think of it as the equivalent of a newfangled old-boys club. The app is called the Girls Who Code Loop and it operates much like Reddit. Users join different loops or discussion threads based on their interests. Some Loops include Android developer, iOS developer, or jobs and internships. The main purpose of the app is to not only help women and girls in tech develop a community, but also get them to form and engage in local events like meetups. It's also devised to help them feel less isolated as they move through college and ultimately into the workforce.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
Tech experience may help women gain entry to the boardroom
It's no secret that boardrooms need more women. Only one in five board members of companies in the S&P 500, a leading stock market index, are women, according to a 2015 study by Catalyst, a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating women's progress in the workplace. But new Accenture research points to an opportunity: many women who have succeeded in getting on boards have professional technology experience to help propel them. In fact, female directors are nearly twice as likely as their male counterparts to have professional technology experience. The purpose of the research - in which Accenture examined women's representation on the boards of more than 500 Forbes Global 2000 companies in 39 countries across five continents - was to understand the gender composition of corporate boards and the role technology plays in the careers of female board members. The research found that 16 per cent of female directors, compared with 9 per cent of male directors, have professional technology experience.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
NSF awards $25 million in new projects in support of the Computer Science for All Initiative
As the lead federal agency responsible for building the research knowledge base for Computer Science (CS) education, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce more than $25 million in awards since the administration's CS for All initiative launched just seven months ago. These new awards accelerate NSF's ongoing efforts to enable rigorous and engaging CS education in schools across the nation by funding: Creation of, and research and evaluation on, scalable professional development for teachers ofExploring Computer Science, Advanced Placement (AP) CS Principles, and other instructional approaches; Development, piloting, and study of the effectiveness of instructional materials on computational thinking and computing for use in pre-K through 8th-grade education; Establishment of best practices for ensuring equity in CS education; Research on mechanisms for implementing CS education, including CS for All and Support for teachers newly prepared to teach computer science, such as coaching, mentoring, master teacher corps and online communities of practice.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
Women break barriers in engineering and computer science at some top colleges
Women are making major gains in enrollment in engineering and computer science at some of the nation's most prominent colleges and universities, a breakthrough that shows that gender parity is possible in technology fields long dominated by men. More than half of engineering bachelor's degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology went to women in 2015, federal data shows. The same was true at Dartmouth College this year. The majority of computer science majors at California's Harvey Mudd College are women. Here at Carnegie Mellon University, women account for nearly half of first-year computer science students - 48 percent, a school record.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
Study Shows Unexpected Path for Women to Major in Science
The research uses data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Beginning Postsecondary Students longitudinal survey, which tracks a cohort of students for six years after they start college. The study examines trends for STEM fields, where women are severely underrepresented in disciplines such as engineering, physics and computer sciences, along with fields such as life and social sciences, which have higher concentrations of women.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016

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