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November 2013


Strategy for Women in STEM

The target learning outcomes of the curriculum include problem-solving and research skills, application of knowledge in context, communication and effective teamwork. But as Vaz’s study showed, the outcomes were even more pronounced for women, who appeared to gain more in the three dozen or so aspects of personal and professional development.

Inside Higher Ed

[ via Inside Higher Ed ]


Something about STEM drives women out

After about the first 12 years, 50 percent of women who originally worked in STEM fields had moved to other occupations, but only about 20 percent of other professional women left their occupations over the entire three decades of the survey. The result is particularly curious because STEM jobs are often higher paid and offer better working conditions.

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Wal-Mart CIO’s Advice For Women In IT

In our culture, with the grass roots of being able to speak out on any topic, a mentoring circle lets people come together. I select them to come together. What I find is in 90 minutes, I am speaking for 10, maybe 15 minutes. It’s so much about them speaking to each other.

[ via Information Week ]


GoldieBlox Demands Change With An Incredible New Music Video

The idea for this video, as GoldieBlox says on its website, was to “showcase the amazing inventive power that girls have.” So they rewrote the lyrics to “Girls.” And they got three (awesome) little girls, six engineers and Brett Doar, the brain behind the OK Go!’s Rube Goldberg machine to turn a regular house a house into a “princess machine.”

[ via The Huffington Post ]


Efforts made to steer women, minorities to science careers

Echekki likens the problem to a pipeline “with many leaks diverting people of color – and under-represented groups in STEM, in general – from science and technologies fields.” Plugging those leaks will require “access to opportunities and resources for K-12, overcoming stereotypes of what STEM fields involve (and) misconceptions about the kinds of people who work in these fields,” providing incentives for students “to stay in STEM tracks in college and building resiliency in people who may find themselves isolated or labeled.”

[ via News and Observer ]


Honoring Female Pioneers in Science

Many such tantalizing and little-known details are part of an exhibition about the lives of 32 women who made major contributions in physics, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, computing and medicine, from the 17th century through the 20th. Some of the women are famous, many not. Nine won Nobel Prizes.

[ via The New York Times ]


Teaching Science Through Hip Hop

One of the things I’ve come to realize in working with young people is that it is imperative that we involve the adults in their lives in this mission. Because at the end of the day, if you want them to really have a leg up they need to participate in these summer academies, these authentic research programs.

[ via NPR ]