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California Teen Invents Device That Can Recharge Cellphones in Just 20 Seconds
One of the major concerns about smartphones is their short battery life. With an increased number of apps running, GPS navigation and constant web browsing and video, juicing up frequently can be time consuming and frustrating. But a California teen has developed a device that can recharge cellphone batteries in just 20 seconds. Eesha Khare, an 18-year-old from Saratoga earned the Intel Foundation’s Young Scientist Award for her invention of a small chip that can fits inside a cellphone and can charge the device in just 20 to 30 seconds.
Posted on 04 Jun 2013
Teen Develops Computer Algorithm to Diagnose Leukemia
The 18-year-old student from Sarasota, Fla. built a custom, cloud-based "artificial neural network" to find patterns in genetic expression profiles to diagnose patients with an aggressive form of cancer called mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL). Simply put, this means Wenger taught the computer how to diagnose leukemia by creating a diagnostic tool for doctors to use.
Posted on 04 Jun 2013
Most powerful women in tech
Forbes has listed the 100 powerful women in the world, revealing that Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, leads the ladies of tech. The list, compiled by Forbes, looks at the 100 most influential women from seven categories or power bases: billionaires, business, lifestyle, media, NGOs, politics and technology.
Posted on 04 Jun 2013
Women in Technology: Finding Your Inner Geek Is The Key To Success
Like many other male dominated industries, the field of technology presents both challenges and opportunities for women today. To get a better understanding of how women can be successful in this field, Bonnie Marcus interviewed three women who have each started their own companies and are considered superstars in the technology industry today.
Posted on 04 Jun 2013
Investing In Women In STEM: Because Girls Grow Up
America has a plumbing problem. They are investing heavily in attracting more women and girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs, but all along their career pipeline, from the start of college until retirement, they seep out. You wouldn't try to fix a leak by pouring more fluid down a drain. Likewise, you can't presume that pushing more girls down STEM career paths will fix the endemic problems that cause women to leave.
Posted on 04 Jun 2013
McKinsey Shares 4 Principles to Getting More Women to the Top
There is no secret formula to getting women into leadership positions after all. Joanna Barsh, Sandra Nudelman, and Lareina Yee report in the McKinsey Quarterly April 2013 issue that companies only need to follow four principles if they want to advance women to the top. These insights were gleaned from the interviews they had with chief executive officers, human resource heads, and high-performing female executives in 22 U.S. companies that have been successful in its gender diversity efforts.
Posted on 13 May 2013
Roominate, a Toy to Push Girls Towards STEM Fields
Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen - both graduates of engineering master's programs at Stanford who met in Rains - grew up playing with toys that didn’t fit neatly into the 'girls' aisle of princesses and pretty things, Brooks exploring in her father's robotics lab and Chen building legos with her brother. The two engineers - Brooks mechanical and Chen electrical - noticed diminishing numbers of women in their classes as they chose their majors and continued on to graduate education. They credit their early experiences with generating interest in engineering as well as confidence, and have designed a toy they hope will introduce young girls to the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) before antiquated and gendered notions of academic pursuit and careers have a chance to take root.
Posted on 13 May 2013
Laramie's Li to Receive NCWIT Computing Award at UW's Women in Science Conference
Laramie’s Jingyu Li is one of five female Wyoming high school students who have been named winners of the National Center for Women& Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. The Wyoming Affiliate Competition winners will be recognized during a luncheon at the University of Wyoming’s Women in Science Conference May 14. UW and Western Wyoming Community College, affiliates of the NCWIT awards, selected five winners from across Wyoming. Winners were chosen based on their computing-related achievements and interests, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education.
Posted on 13 May 2013
National Academy of Sciences Announces New Elected Members
The National Academy of Sciences, celebrating their 150 year anniversary this year, released their list of Members and Foreign Associates Elected for 2013 yesterday. 22 women and 62 men will be inducted as members, slightly below the anticipated numbers (based on the representation of each gender by PhD recipients from several decades earlier) but far closer to projections than some years in the past as can be seen in the chart. However, women still make up less than 20% of the total membership of NAS.
Posted on 13 May 2013
The 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech
Women are (relatively) few and far between in the tech industry. They make up less than 10% of venture capitalists, and they leave the industry at twice the rate of men, according to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation. Over the last couple of weeks, Business Insider accepted nominations for the most important women 30 years old or under in tech.
Posted on 13 May 2013

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