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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Computer science and engineering are gaining in popularity as undergraduate and graduate courses of study. But men continue to flock to those lucrative disciplines in significantly larger numbers than women. (...) - Wall Street Journal, by Melissa Korn, April 11, 2017

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Mary Murphy, Indiana University – Discrimination of Women in STEM

Signs of discrimination can be subtle. Mary Murphy, assistant professor of psychology at Indiana University, delves into how women in STEM fields can feel marginalized.(...) - The Academic Minute, by Mary Murphy, Indiana University, 12/30/2016
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Why women earn less: Just two factors explain post-PhD pay gap

Why women earn less: Just two factors explain post-PhD pay gap | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Study of 1,200 US graduates suggests family and choice of doctoral field dents women's earnings. (...) - Nature, by Helen Shen, 20 May 2016

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Women best men in STEM faculty hiring study

Women best men in STEM faculty hiring study | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Experiment had real-world faculty rate hypothetical candidates.

 

A woman applying for a tenure-track faculty position in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at a U.S. university is twice as likely to be hired as an equally qualified man, if both candidates are highly qualified, according to a new study. (...) - Science, by Rachel Bernstein, 13 April 2015

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A push to sell research

A push to sell research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Initiatives to move research out of University labs and onto shelves are growing thanks in part to a new federal grant.

 

The University of Minnesota is taking its “Driven to Discover” mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs into businesses.

Last year, faculty research helped create 15 start-up companies — a figure the institution’s officials are looking to expand. (...) - Minnesota Daily, by Blair Emerson & Parker Lemke, September 09, 2014

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Research partnership grants launched by UK and US

A higher education grant competition has been launched as a major collaboration between the United States and United Kingdom. The Global Innovation Initiative plans to strengthen higher education research partnerships between the US, UK and selected countries – Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.

The two governments expect the initiativeto provide grant opportunities for university consortia on topics of global significance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the following four areas: energy, climate change and the environment; agriculture, food security and water; public health and well-being; and urbanisation.  (...) -  University World News, 31 October 2013, Issue No:294

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It’s great to be a woman scientist; it’s challenging to be a woman scientist

It’s great to be a woman scientist; it’s challenging to be a woman scientist | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

I recently volunteered to help organise an event run by the Canadian Science Policy Centre that looked at the status of women in science and technology. To be frank, I was mightily fearful about participating in such an event. I had the idea that it would quickly degenerate into a depressing evening of man-bashing. (...) - SciLogs, Blog MMMBITESIZESCIENCE, by Stephanie Swift, 22 May 2013

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Why the Status of Women in STEM Fields Needs to Change

Why the Status of Women in STEM Fields Needs to Change | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that women are heavily under-represented in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Though the Association for Women in Science reports that 1.3 million women are employed in STEM careers, a 2009 survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce found that those women represent just 24 percent of STEM jobs – and that they earn, on average, 12 percent less than their male counterparts. A 2012 survey of publications on J­STOR, a digital archiving service, discovered that women are also unlikely to be listed as last authors of scholarly articles – especially in the biological sciences, where the rate of female last-authorship is only 16.5 percent.(...) - Soapbox Science, 06 Mar 2013

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STEM Workforce is aging, leaving few positions for new scientists

STEM Workforce is aging, leaving few positions for new scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists are getting their PhDs later, retiring at lower rates. (...) - Ars Technica, by Roheeni Saxena, 3/30/2017

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Genuine research keeps students in science

Genuine research keeps students in science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A new study of a novel undergraduate program at the University of Texas (UT), Austin, has found that giving college freshmen the opportunity to do research as part of their coursework significantly increases their chances of completing college and graduating with a science degree. It's the first conclusive evidence that so-called active learning courses, which science educators have promoted for decades as a better way to teach than lectures and cookbook labs, can lower the high attrition rates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields at U.S. universities. And the relatively large size of the study, which appears in the current issue of CBE-Life Science Education , also has major policy implications. President Barack Obama has challenged the country to produce 1 million more STEM-trained workers by 2020, and the authors argue that scaling up the UT approach nationally would be a cost-effective way to help achieve that goal. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 10 June 2016

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A recipe for change: Creating a more inclusive academy

Although there has been a welcome increase in discussion about gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), broad participation of women from all backgrounds in academic STEM will not be achieved until institutions are transformed. A long-range view is needed to change the rules of the game, such that institutional culture and practices create workplaces where all scientists and engineers want to be. We lay out a six-point plan of what needs to change, who should participate, and how actors outside of the academy should have direct involvement in the process. (...) - Science, by Beth Mitchneck, Jessi L. Smith, Melissa Latimer, 08 April, 2016

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Study suggests STEM faculty hiring favors women over men

Study suggests STEM faculty hiring favors women over men | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many studies suggest that women scientists aspiring to careers in academe face roadblocks, including bias -- implicit or overt -- in hiring. But a new study is throwing a curveball into the literature, suggesting that women candidates are favored 2 to 1 over men for tenure-track positions in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Could it be that STEM gender diversity and bias awareness efforts are working, or even creating a preference for female candidates -- or is something more nuanced going on? Experts say it’s probably both. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Colleen Flaherty, April 14, 2015

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Data check: U.S. producing more STEM graduates even without proposed initiatives

Data check: U.S. producing more STEM graduates even without proposed initiatives | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Nation on path to awarding 1 million additional technical degrees by 2020.

The United States appears to be on pace to meet the Obama administration’s goal of churning out more college graduates in the so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 30 June 2014

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Australia's Top Scientist Calls for a National Strategic Science Policy

Australia's Top Scientist Calls for a National Strategic Science Policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Australia's top science adviser yesterday warned the nation that it was time to feel a "sense of urgency" about its slipping science and technology expertise or risk falling behind the rest of the world scientifically and economically.

 

Ian Chubb, the Australian government's chief scientist, made the remarks while unveiling a position papercalling for a strategic plan to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the nation. (...) - Science/AAAS, by 2013-08-01

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Why (And How) Students Can Get Excited About STEM

Why (And How) Students Can Get Excited About STEM | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There’s a lot of buzz out there about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM, for short) – not only in the realm of teaching and learning, but in terms of job growth and potential, too. According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center (the makers of the handy infographic below), People who understand science and technology are smarter, more competitive, more productive, and more engaged global citizens. (...) - edudemic, by Katie Lepi on 2013-04-22

 

 

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UK: Visa policy warning

Tightened immigration controls may put graduate courses at risk.

 

A fall in the number of students entering the United Kingdom could cause problems for graduate courses in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), warns Universities UK (UUK) in London, which represents more than 130 institutions. According to the Office for National Statistics, 8.2% fewer international students arrived in the country in the year to March 2012 than in the previous year. The UUK says that the drop may be linked to changes that make visas harder to get. Jo Attwooll, a policy adviser for the UUK, notes that UK graduate STEM classes have tended to include a lot of non-European students. “Immigration policy could affect the number of students taking these courses and thus their viability,” she says. (...) - Naturejobs, Nature 492, 301 (2012), 12 December 2012

 

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