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All-Women Robotics Team Makes Big Splash at the International RoboSub Competition in San Diego

All-Women Robotics Team Makes Big Splash at the International RoboSub Competition in San Diego

The robotics team at Arizona State University built a robotic submarine that took the top prize in a recent national competition. It then placed third at the RoboSub international competition in San Diego. The university’s robotics team has close to a dozen members. All are women.

Report Documents the Attrition of Women Faculty as They Move Up the Academic Ladder

Report Documents the Attrition of Women Faculty as They Move Up the Academic Ladder

The results showed that despite the fact that women make up a majority of all undergraduate and graduate students in STEM disciplines, they make up 42 percent of assistant professors, 34.2 percent of associate professors, and 23.4 percent of full professors.

Study Finds Longer Tests Can Eliminate the Gender Scoring Gap in STEM

Study Finds Longer Tests Can Eliminate the Gender Scoring Gap in STEM

The researchers found that the longer the test, the lower the gender gap. The authors report that “for more than 20 percent of the countries where male students had an initial advantage in math and science, this gap was completely offset or even reversed after two hours of test-taking.”

Research Finds an Easy Way to Increase Women's Participation in STEM Courses

Research Finds an Easy Way to Increase Women’s Participation in STEM Courses

NaLette Brodnax, an assistant professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, created a set of brochures that were integrated into the advising process during freshman orientation so women could see how a technology class would align with their degree requirements and with their interests.

Wellesley College Hosts Workshop Aimed at Teaching Middle Schoolers About Healthy Social Media Use

Wellesley College Hosts Workshop Aimed at Teaching Middle Schoolers About Healthy Social Media Use

Throughout the workshop, the participating students engaged in discussions on how apps are created and learned about basic coding concepts. They also contributed to the design of a research-based app Dr. Charmaraman and Dr. Delcourt are developing to teach middle school students about healthy social media use.

University of Central Florida Sent the Only All-Women Team to a Cybersecurity Competition in Las Vegas

University of Central Florida Sent the Only All-Women Team to a Cybersecurity Competition in Las Vegas

The University of Central Florida advanced from a field of 21 teams and competed as one of six finalists at the Las Vegas event. The competition pitted college teams against each other in industry-specific cyber-attack scenarios in a video game-like setting.

University Launches Complex Contraception Clinic for Women Who Need to Avoid Pregnancy

University Launches Complex Contraception Clinic for Women Who Need to Avoid Pregnancy

The clinic’s team from the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will counsel women on evidence-based contraceptive options and develop temporary or permanent plans that best suit each patient’s medical needs.

Small Class Size Plays a Major Role in Women's Retention Rate in STEM Majors

Small Class Size Plays a Major Role in Women’s Retention Rate in STEM Majors

Using data obtained from 44 science courses across multiple institutions, the research team calculated that large classes begin to negatively impact women students’ participation when they reach enrollments over 120 students.

A Simple Explanation for the Gender Gap in High-Level Mathematics

A Simple Explanation for the Gender Gap in High-Level Mathematics

In school, girls do just as well as boys in mathematics. A new study by scholars at the Paris School of Economics and Paris Dauphine University finds that the reason for the lower participation rate of women in high-level mathematics may be rather simple: They are better at reading and verbal tasks than they are at mathematics and outperform men in these areas.

National Institutes of Health Director Will Refuse to Serve on All-Male Academic Panels

National Institutes of Health Director Will Refuse to Serve on All-Male Academic Panels

While there has been much talk about how to expand the participation of women speakers at academic conferences, Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health is actually doing something about it. Recently Dr. Collins announced that he would no longer participate on academic panels where women were not represented.

Most Academic Conferences in Biology Do Not Have Codes of Conduct Governing Sexual Harassment

Most Academic Conferences in Biology Do Not Have Codes of Conduct Governing Sexual Harassment

In examining nearly 200 conferences in the United States and Canada, researchers found that less than one quarter had developed a code of conduct for attendees. Of those conferences that did have a code of conduct, slightly more than half mentioned sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.

University of Georgia's Women in Science Organization Establishes the "Females First Grant" Program

University of Georgia’s Women in Science Organization Establishes the “Females First Grant” Program

The group plans to award two to three small grants per year to be used for child care while women members of the organization attend a local or regional conference.

Liselle Joseph's Milestone Achievement at Virginia Tech

Liselle Joseph’s Milestone Achievement at Virginia Tech

Liselle Joseph was awarded a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She is the first woman from an Eastern Caribbean nation to earn a Ph.D. in the field.

George Washington University Establishes the Center for Women in Engineering

George Washington University Establishes the Center for Women in Engineering

The new center aims to increase the number of women students and faculty in engineering and support women in the discipline by hosting events and providing professional development opportunities. Rachelle Heller, a professor of computer science, will serve as the center’s inaugural director.

Study Finds Persistence of Stereotypical Negative Images of Women in Tech

Study Finds Persistence of Stereotypical Negative Images of Women in Tech

The report found that women in tech fields are “portrayed in ways that overemphasize their appearance and sexuality.” They also found that women in tech are often referred to as “exceptional” implying that a woman’s achievements are “abnormal.”

A Record Number of Women Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

A Record Number of Women Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of 100 new members. This year, 40 of the new members are women, the most ever elected to the academy in a single year.

Young Girls Can't Do STEM? New Federal Data Says Otherwise

Young Girls Can’t Do STEM? New Federal Data Says Otherwise

In 2018, the National Assessment of Educational Progress administered a nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy to more than 15,000 students in the eighth grade throughout the nation. Girls scored higher overall than boys overall and in every content area of the test.

Large Majority of Undergraduate Women Physics Students Subjected to Sexual Harassment

Large Majority of Undergraduate Women Physics Students Subjected to Sexual Harassment

The authors of a new study on women undergraduates in physics programs refer to the level of sexual harassment faced by women in physics as “insidious and significantly higher than is generally acknowledged.” They believe this level of sexual harassment can have a major negative impact of women’s persistence in physics and other STEM fields.

Harvard University Makes Great Strides In Hiring Women Faculty

Harvard University Makes Great Strides In Hiring Women Faculty

Since 2004, tenured-track faculty appointments at Harvard University are up 14 percent for women, which is particularly striking since the overall number of tenure-track faculty has decreased by 18 percent over the same time period.

Princeton University Hosts Conference to Interest Young Women in STEM Fields

Princeton University Hosts Conference to Interest Young Women in STEM Fields

The 750 girl students in grades 7 t0 10 participated in hands-on activities, viewed various STEM exhibits, watched a chemistry show put on by Princeton faculty, and listened to panel discussions from early-career women scientists.

Twelve Women Assistant Professors Named 2019 Cottrell Scholars

Twelve Women Assistant Professors Named 2019 Cottrell Scholars

These awards provide $100,000 to each recipient identified as a leader in integrating science teaching and research at a top U.S. research university or a primarily undergraduate institution.

University of Pennsylvania Conference Promotes Women in Physics

University of Pennsylvania Conference Promotes Women in Physics

Participating students had the opportunity to meet informally and share their work with Beth Willman, a world-renowned astronomer and deputy director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

Northwestern University Study Finds Gender Gap in First-Time National Institutes of Health Grant Amounts

Northwestern University Study Finds Gender Gap in First-Time National Institutes of Health Grant Amounts

The investigators found that first-time grant recipients who were men received a median grant of $165,721. For women first-time grant recipients, the median grant was $126,615. Thus, the median funding for male grant recipients was 31 percent higher than the median amount awarded to women.

Six Medical Schools Partner With TIME'S UP Healthcare to Support Women in Medicine

Six Medical Schools Partner With TIME’S UP Healthcare to Support Women in Medicine

The participating institutions are the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, the Drexel University College of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin Health, and Yale School of Medicine.

University of South Florida Launches New Health Center Exclusively for Women

University of South Florida Launches New Health Center Exclusively for Women

The new center features six spacious exam suites as well as spaces for doctors to review lab results and other medical information one-on-one with women patients.

Yale University Launches Web Application Highlighting Careers and Achievement of Women in STEM

Yale University Launches Web Application Highlighting Careers and Achievement of Women in STEM

Yale University has recently launched Science Stories, a linked-data, image-based web application highlighting the careers and achievements of women in STEM fields. Currently, Science Stories has archived nearly 600 profiles of women scientists.

Thomas Edison State University Launches the <em>Journal of Women and Minorities in Technology</em>

Thomas Edison State University Launches the Journal of Women and Minorities in Technology

The new publication will be an open access journal that provides quality peer-reviewed articles written by academic and professionals in the fields of aviation, nuclear technology, cybersecurity, and information technology. The articles will provide technical and soft-skills information aimed at helping women and minorities succeed in these fields.

Case Western Reserve University's Program to Boost Women Entrepreneurs in STEM

Case Western Reserve University’s Program to Boost Women Entrepreneurs in STEM

Through the program, the participating women will learn about processes of entrepreneurship and innovation, create a service, process, system or product that solves a societal problem and introduce it into the marketplace.

Arizona State University Launches an All-Women Student Group for Underwater Robotics Research

Arizona State University Launches an All-Women Student Group for Underwater Robotics Research

Arizona State University has established an all-women student engineering organization that focuses on underwater robotics. According to the university, Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) is the second all-female underwater robotics team in the world.

Stetson University Receives Funding for Science Camp for Girls and Other Underrepresented Youths

Stetson University Receives Funding for Science Camp for Girls and Other Underrepresented Youths

The Nina B. Hollis Research Impact Awards provide grants for Stetson research projects that explore ways to improve preschool through high school educational outcomes for girls and other youth who are underrepresented in mathematics and computer science.

Study Finds Academic Engineering Remains Largely the Domain of White Men

Study Finds Academic Engineering Remains Largely the Domain of White Men

The study found that from 2001 to 2015, the number of women faculty members at U.S. medical schools increased by 34 percent. But the number of women faculty members in schools of engineering increased by only 4 percent from 2006 to 2014.

CalTech Seeks to Boost the Number of Women Pursuing Graduate Study in Physics

CalTech Seeks to Boost the Number of Women Pursuing Graduate Study in Physics

Recently, the California Institute of Technology hosted the inaugural “FUTURE of Physics” event. The program brought junior and senior college women who are majoring in physics to CalTech for two days of panels and mini-workshops.

Meredith College to Host Two-Day "ChickTech" Workshop

Meredith College to Host Two-Day “ChickTech” Workshop

The event will be free for 100 girls from local school districts that have been nominated by a teacher or community advocate. They will participate in a wide range of projects and will receive mentoring from industry professionals and academics from high-tech fields throughout the workshop.

A Half Dozen Women Among the 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

A Half Dozen Women Among the 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Each of the 18 new Packard Fellows will receive $875,000 over five years for them to use to pursue their research interests in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, or engineering. This year, one third of the new cohort of Packard Fellows are women.

Cornell University is Launching a New Program for Women Entrepreneurs in STEM Fields

Cornell University is Launching a New Program for Women Entrepreneurs in STEM Fields

Andrea Ippolito, executive director of the engineering management program and eLab instructor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, is launching a new program called W.E. (women entrepreneurs) Cornell. Program participants will be provided with networking opportunities, mentorship, and leadership development.