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The US just elected 9 new scientists to Congress, including an ocean expert, a nurse, and a biochemist
When the 116th Congress heads to Washington in January, there will be a record number of women in the ranks - at least 123, according to the news website Axios, including the first Muslim women, the first Somali-American, and the first Native American women. There will be more scientists too. Nine new science-credentialed candidates were elected: one senator and eight members of the House. The members of the current 115th Congress include one physicist, one microbiologist, and one chemist, as well as eight engineers and one mathematician. The medical professions are slightly better represented, with three nurses and 15 doctors.
Posted on 08 Nov 2018
Fostering the Young Women Entrepreneurship in the Danube Region
Young women represent a large pool of entrepreneurial potential in the Danube Region (DR) as 52% of its population is female and 30% of them are self-employed. However, only 10% of young women in the DR are at early stage of business development and only 2% of them establish a business which lasts more than 42 months. The entrepreneurial potential of young women in the DR is underdeveloped. WOMEN IN BUSINESS comes as a response to certain specific needs of young women entrepreneurs (YWE) in the DR through project transnational activities focused on: comprehensive mapping, evaluation and comparison of needs and barriers which young women face, policy measures in the DR, policy improvement to be aligned to their needs through a developed Policy Agenda, innovative solutions and training models for improvement of the entrepreneurial culture, skills and competencies among them which will be pilot tested and incorporated into 4 Women Entrepreneurship Centers (EWCs). A Transnational strategy for sustainability of the EWCs will guarantee the lasting effect of the project. The consortium of 14 PPs from 9 DR countries brings together national®ional, public and private organizations and universities, whose specific thematic background guarantees a solid knowledge and necessary expertise by coming forward with appropriate innovative solutions. It will upgrade existing cooperation mechanisms between the target groups based on quadruple helix model. Project outputs and results are to benefit the wider community within the DR and will have a strong social impact. All knowledge accumulated in the project will be transferred to other countries from the DR through numerous project events, project dissemination channels and tools and European networks in which project partners participate.
Posted on 29 Oct 2018
Pulsar Discoverer Jocelyn Bell Burnell Wins $3-Million Breakthrough Prize
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a visiting professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford whose work in the 1960s ushered in a new era of astronomy, has received a $3-million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the Breakthrough Foundation announced today.
Posted on 21 Oct 2018
Academic writes 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed
Researcher Jess Wade says efforts to attract girls into science are not evidence-based and are not working. Jess Wade is a scientist on a mission. She wants every woman who has achieved something impressive in science to get the prominence and recognition they deserve - starting with a Wikipedia entry. She has written about 270 Wikipedia pages in the past year in order to increase their recognition.
Posted on 28 Sep 2018
The 13th WiML Workshop, Montreal, Quebec on Monday, December 3rd, 2018
The workshop is a one-day event with invited speakers, oral presentations, and posters. The event brings together faculty, graduate students, and research scientists for an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas. There will be a panel discussion and a mentoring session to discuss current research trends and career choices in machine learning. Underrepresented minorities and undergraduates interested in pursuing machine learning research are encouraged to participate. While all presenters will identify primarily as female, all genders are invited to attend.
Posted on 20 Aug 2018
Girls in Tech AMPLIFY - Women's Pitch Competition, October 3rd San Francisco, USA
AMPLIFY is a 'must-attend' startup competition for entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, and designers that explores up and coming trends in innovation, technology. Most importantly, AMPLIFY showcases the best and brightest female tech entrepreneurs from around the world. During this competition, female entrepreneurs will pitch their early-stage technology startup onstage to a panel of seasoned technorati and investors to be judged based on the innovativeness and viability of the product or service. The winner will receive $20,000 in funding and additional resources such as one year of office space at RocketSpace campus, and a laptop to grow their startup. The event also features inspiring keynote speeches by well-known industry leaders, diplomats and some of the most successful female startup founders and high-tech executives.
Posted on 18 Aug 2018
AAAS Annual meeting, 14 -17 February 2019, Washington DC, USA
How can science help address the many divisions in our communities, in global society, and in science itself? Science plays a unique and important role in how people see and understand the world, and how lines and distinctions are drawn. At this Annual Meeting, we look for ways science is bringing together people, ideas, and solutions from across real and artificial borders, disciplines, sectors, ideologies, and traditions. How can science working across boundaries improve its ability to find solutions to the pressing problems of our age? How can scientists, wherever they work, more effectively engage with the broader society? How can we find better ways to engage the public, especially in expanding access to science and scientific careers? At the international level, science diplomacy builds bridges between countries. How can we encourage more of this, and utilize science as a common ground more locally as well? Can science contribute information that might reduce or mitigate the starkly divergent interests of different populations and demographics, such as urban and rural communities? What boundaries most impede your research or your career? While acknowledging that some boundaries are useful and necessary, the meeting theme considers how research can be applied to problematic separations in the world, and how unhelpful boundaries within science are being addressed.
Posted on 18 Aug 2018
Celebrate brilliance at the STEM Inspiration Awards 2018
Do you or someone you know deserve recognition for impactful work within STEM education? Nominate them for a STEM Inspiration Award today! Applications are now open for the 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards, giving professionals involved in STEM education the opportunity to be recognised for their inspiring work. The annual event is a chance for individuals and organisations from across the STEM education sector to really shine. From technicians, educators, STEM Ambassadors, employers and more, the STEM Inspiration Awards acknowledge those who inspire the younger generation in STEM subjects. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend an exclusive award ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in London. Make sure to nominate your outstanding colleagues, schools, partners or yourself before applications close 14 September.
Posted on 26 Jul 2018
Women In Tech Highly Skeptical Of Wage Fairness, Survey Shows
It's no secret that the tech industry has never exactly led the way when it comes to gender equality in the workplace. Traditionally a male-dominated world, tech fields are slowly becoming a more feasible option for women, thanks to the increasing visibility and representation of women in the industry. Coupled with the social movement pushing for uniform pay and more equal treatment of women in STEM, things are beginning to move in the right direction, but how close are we really to gender parity in tech? According to a new survey by niche tech recruiters Anderson Frank, while the number of women working in the tech sector is slowly increasing, there's still a ways to go when it comes to board-level representation and wage equality. Compiled from over 10,000 data points, including survey responses from people working in the business software channel and job placement data from the last 12 months, Anderson Frank's salary survey reveals a large percentage of tech workers are not seeing gender equality in their workplaces.
Posted on 25 Jun 2018
Half of women in science experience harassment, a sweeping new report finds
Science has a sexual harassment problem. From the most polished ivory tower to the local community college, harassment pervades lecture halls and laboratories, observatories and offices, teaching hospitals and Antarctic field sites. And it takes an economic and emotional toll on female researchers and stifles their scientific contributions, according to a sweeping new study released. The solution will require a ''systemwide change to the culture and climate in higher education,'' the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine conclude. The study draws on decades of research and dozens of interviews with women who were targets of harassment. Though female researchers have talked about the problem for years, some say the findings from one of science's most prestigious institutions come at a critical juncture: As long-rumored allegations involving high-profile scientists finally come to light and organizations rethink their own rules for harassment, the 300-page report could help push substantive change.
Posted on 25 Jun 2018

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