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Nacionalni razpis L'ORÉAL – UNESCO Za ženske v znanosti
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Odprt je že 14. nacionalni razpis L’ORÉAL – UNESCO »Za ženske v znanosti« 2020, v okviru katerega bosta L’ORÉAL Adria in Slovenska nacionalna komisija za UNESCO trem študentkam doktorskega študija naravoslovnih znanosti, biotehnike in medicine podelila tri enoletne štipendije v višini 5.000 evrov. Program, ki v Sloveniji poteka že od leta 2006, nagrajuje znanstveno odličnost mladih raziskovalk in opozarja na pomen žensk v znanosti.
Posted on 12 Oct 2019
Students Invent Bacteria That Eat Plastic From The Oceans And Turn It Into Water
The high pollution in the oceans is a big problem on the planet. According to recent research, it is likely that in the year 2050 we will find more plastic than fish in the waters of the seas, and for this reason there are many people working to generate solutions to this problem, some very imaginative to reverse this situation. Currently the novelty is a bacterium , developed by students Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang , who have been developing this project since their school years and today reap the fruits of it. They already have patents and have obtained a financing of 400 thousand dollars to start developing the product. All this with only 20 years old. They have already won 5 prizes thanks to this project, they became popular as they were the youngest to win the Perlman science prize . All thanks to its tiny bacteria capable of transforming plastic into CO2 and water. The technology is used in two ways: To clean the beaches and also to produce raw materials for clothing.
Posted on 22 Sep 2019
Young women set record as CS gender gap continues to shrink
For the sixth year in a row, the percentage of female AP Computer Science exam takers rose, steadily chipping away at the gender gap in high school computer science. While the gender gap is closing gradually, total participation is increasing dramatically! Female students and underrepresented minorities set new records this year. Newly-released data on AP Computer Science exams shows the number of female students increased 32%, from 36,709 in 2018 to 48,569 in 2019. Participation by students from historically underrepresented groups in computing grew 29%, from 28,255 last year to 36,375 in 2019. The total number of young women and students from historically underrepresented minorities in computing in AP computer science has grown ten-fold since 2013, thanks to the incredible network of educators and organizations that share our mission of broadening access and diversity of participation in K–12 computer science. What has driven this change?
Posted on 22 Sep 2019
What does a scientist look like? Children are drawing women more than ever before
When asked to draw a scientist, school-age kids in the United States are increasingly sketching women. That’s the main conclusion of a new study that compiled information about 20,860 pictures drawn by students age 5 to 18 over 5 decades. In the 1960s and 1970s, less than 1% of students depicted scientists as female. But the percentage of women in the ''draw a scientist'' sketches - like the one pictured, drawn by a third grade girl in San Antonio, Texas - has increased over time, reaching an estimated 34% by 2016. And the numbers are even more stark when looking at drawings penned by girls: About 1% drew women in the first 2 decades - but in the past decade more than half have drawn women, researchers report in Child Development. The trend in how children perceive scientists parallels an uptick in the actual number of female scientists. Over roughly the same time period - from 1960 to 2013 - the percentage of women holding science jobs rose from 28% to 49% in biological science, from 8% to 35% in chemistry, and from 3% to 11% in physics and astronomy.
Posted on 03 Sep 2019
Team of all-female ASU students took 3rd in a world robotics competition
A team of female engineers from ASU just placed third in the world in a robotics competition. They were the only all-female team that made it to the finals, and most of the team is comprised of freshman. They just want to prove that in a male-dominated field, they are a team to be taken seriously. The team's creation is an autonomous underwater vehicle. It can be used for tasks that humans may find dangerous, and the inventions can help people learn more about the oceans. The robosub competition was held in San Diego, with 55 teams from 12 different countries competing. ASU's underwater robotics team placed first among U.S. teams, and third internationally.
Posted on 14 Aug 2019
Tired of News About Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, She Launched a Site for Black Techies
A fan of numbers, technologist Sherrell Dorsey of ThePLUG takes a data-driven approach to sharing the stories and struggles of black innovators. When telling a story, Sherrell Dorsey turns to numbers before words. She's the founder of ThePLUG, an online news site launched in 2016 that covers the work and culture of black innovators. And every article published is rife with data and factoids - for example, a deep dive into the lack of intellectual property creation at historically black colleges and universities, or an overview of BlackTechTwitter, an online community for black techies. Product development in the tech industry is driven by numbers, she points out, so ''why not do the same in reporting'' on it? Better yet, adds the Charlotte, North Carolina entrepreneur, why not do so for ''an audience of innovators that do not get to see themselves represented as serious business owners in this space?''
Posted on 09 Aug 2019
Lindsey Vonn's New Goal Is Helping Girls Learn STEM: 'I Want to Help on a Personal Level'
From the slopes to STEM - find out how former champion skier Lindsey Vonn is supporting girls' interest in science and tech through her new foundation! While champion skier Lindsey Vonn is no longer hitting the slopes professionally after announcing her retirement earlier this year, she has something new she is championing. The former alpine ski racer is now helping young girls become more involved in STEM education through the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Vonn's organization recently donated full scholarships to 22 girls to attend a camp with iD Tech, which offers week-long summertime STEM classes for children. Alexa Café is the organization's camp just for girls.
Posted on 09 Aug 2019
Univ. of Washington names veteran data scientist to lead booming computer science school into new era
Professor Magdalena Balazinska has long been considered a leader in data management and data science at the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Balazinska is also a well-regarded researcher and educator, and she was just named the next leader of the prominent and rapidly-growing UW computer science school. After 13 years at the UW, Balazinska will take over as director of the Allen School, it was announced Wednesday. She succeeds Hank Levy, the computer scientist who has held the position since 2006, the year Balazinska arrived. Balazinska has had a storied tenure at the UW, where among other things she led the creation of the Data Science and Advanced Data Science Ph.D. options, and later co-led the creation of the Undergraduate Data Science option. She also co-founded the Northwest Database Society (NWDS), which brings together researchers and practitioners focused on databases and database management systems working in the Pacific Northwest.
Posted on 31 Jul 2019
One of these 12 women astronauts will go to the moon
It wasn't until 1983, more than a decades after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their historic moonwalk, that Sally Ride made her journey into space and became the first American woman to leave our planet. According to NASA, of the 347 Americans who have flown in space, 49 of them have been women. NASA is now intent on making the moon co-ed. Its new lunar program, Artemis, has the ambitious timeline of returning to the moon in 2024, and the space agency promised that this time a woman will be making the trip. Landing a woman on the moon could inspire a whole generation of young women, said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
Posted on 17 Jul 2019
10 Ways to support New Mothers in STEM
Nature News recently featured an article stating that almost half of women in STEM either leave their profession or switch to working part-time after giving birth to their first child in the US. This is more than double the statistics on first-time fathers, although fathers in STEM also leave the field at an alarmingly high rate after entering parenthood. This begs the question, why are we letting this happen? And what can we do to change these numbers? A support group for mothers is a model for practical, inexpensive steps to ease women’s transition to motherhood - and hopefully retain them in science.
Posted on 09 Jul 2019

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