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Carnegie Mellon Univesity Scholar Honored by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence

Carnegie Mellon Univesity Scholar Honored by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Fei Fang’s research uses game theory and machine learning to handle real-world challenges such as security, environmental sustainability, food security, and mobility. Her work has helped rangers and local communities combat poaching and to reduce food insecurity. Since 2013, her research has been used by the U.S. Coast to protect the Staten Island Ferry in New York City

UNESCO Report Finds Women Remain Far Behind Men in the High-Tech Sector

UNESCO Report Finds Women Remain Far Behind Men in the High-Tech Sector

The UNESCO Science Report 2021 finds that women worldwide have made tremendous gains in the academic world but they remain far behind men in emerging fields such as data science, robotics, computing, and artificial intelligence.

Susan Margulies to Head the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Engineering

Susan Margulies to Head the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Engineering

Dr. Margulies, who teaches at Emory University and Georgia Tech, will be the first biomedical engineer to head the directorate, which supports fundamental research, enhances the nation’s innovation through a range of initiatives, and is a driving force behind the training and development of the United States’ engineering workforce.

Study Examines Difficulties Women in STEM Fields Face When They Return From a Career Break

Study Examines Difficulties Women in STEM Fields Face When They Return From a Career Break

The survey also found that 27 percent of women returning to jobs in the STEM sector after a career break have experienced gender bias. Only 8 percent of men reported that they had been victims of gender bias after a career break. Some 30 percent of women felt they were victims of bias due to their childcare responsibilities.

Report Documents the Employment Shortfall of Women in the Tech Workforce

Report Documents the Employment Shortfall of Women in the Tech Workforce

A new report from the Computing Technology Industry Association offers a wealth of data on employment in the technology sector. Some of the data included in the report on employment in technology jobs is broken down by gender. Nationally, women represent approximately 49 percent of the U.S. workforce and 26 percent of the workforce in tech occupations.

A New Approach to Science Education May Help Reduce the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

A New Approach to Science Education May Help Reduce the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

A new study by researchers at North Carolina State University finds that fifth-grade girls who participated in science classes that were held outdoors had higher average science grades and an increase in a measure of scientific knowledge than girls who participated only in traditional classroom settings.

Women Outnumber Men in the Entering Class of Physics Doctoral Students at Yale University

Women Outnumber Men in the Entering Class of Physics Doctoral Students at Yale University

Nationally, only about 20 percent of physics doctorate holders are women. But for the first time in the history of Yale University, the incoming class of physics doctoral students, who will likely graduate in 2027 or 2028, will include more women than men.

Rice University Scholar Honored by the International Society of Bayesian Analysis

Rice University Scholar Honored by the International Society of Bayesian Analysis

Marina Vannucci is the Noah Harding Professor of Statistics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Vannucci, who has taught at Rice Univerity since 2007, also holds an adjunct appointment in biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Pew Research Center Report Documents Gender Gap in STEM Degree Attainment and Employment

Pew Research Center Report Documents Gender Gap in STEM Degree Attainment and Employment

Women now earn a majority of all undergraduate and advanced degrees. But they remain a small share of degree earners in fields like engineering and computer science – areas where they are significantly underrepresented in the workforce. And when women do find work in STEM fields they tend to earn less than men.

Women Are Closing the Gap in Enrollments in Graduate Degree Programs in STEM and Health Fields

Women Are Closing the Gap in Enrollments in Graduate Degree Programs in STEM and Health Fields

Men still outnumber women in master’s and doctoral degree programs as well as in postdoctoral researchers in STEM and health disciplines at U.S. academic institutions. But new data from the National Science Foundation shows that women are closing the gender gap.

Dipti Itchhaporia Is the New President of the American College of Cardiology

Dipti Itchhaporia Is the New President of the American College of Cardiology

Itchhaporia is an interventional cardiologist who holds the Eric and Sheila Samson Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Health and is the director of disease management for the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute in Newport Beach, California. She is an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, Irvine.

Texas A&M University Study Finds No Gender Gap in Success in Physics Courses

Texas A&M University Study Finds No Gender Gap in Success in Physics Courses

The researchers analyzed both the midterm exam scores and final grades of more than 10,000 Texas A&M students in physics courses over a 10-year period. They found no evidence that male students outperformed women students in these courses.

The American Society for Engineering Education Chooses a New Leader

The American Society for Engineering Education Chooses a New Leader

Jenna Carpenter is the founding dean of the School of Engineering at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Dr. Carpenter will serve a one-year term as president-elect of the 12,000-member society beginning in June, followed by a full year as ASEE president.

Chien-Shiung Wu is the Third Woman Physicist to Be Honored With a U.S. Commemorative Stamp

Chien-Shiung Wu is the Third Woman Physicist to Be Honored With a U.S. Commemorative Stamp

Dr. Wu was the first female president of the American Physical Society, the first woman hired to a tenure-track position in the physics department at Columbia University, and the first living scientist to have an asteroid named in her honor.

MIT's Shafi Goldwasser Wins the 2021 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Award

MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser Wins the 2021 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Award

Founded in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards annually honors five eminent women scientists representing every major region of the world. The award honors women for excellent research within the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science.

Study Warns That Women Graduate Students in Chemistry Are Not Receiving Adequate Support

Study Warns That Women Graduate Students in Chemistry Are Not Receiving Adequate Support

A new study by researchers at the University of Oregon finds that insufficient interactions with advisers and peers, as well as financial problems, are derailing career aspirations of women and minority groups pursuing graduate degrees in the nation’s highest-funded chemistry programs.

New UCLA Initiatives Aims to Increase Women in Computing Education and Technology Careers

New UCLA Initiatives Aims to Increase Women in Computing Education and Technology Careers

Momentum: Accelerating Equity in Computing and Technology will engage in critical research and actions to diversify participation in computing and technology fields. The effort is sorely needed. Women currently hold just 26 percent of computing jobs.

Yale's Marina Picciotto Awarded the Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Science

Yale’s Marina Picciotto Awarded the Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Science

Marina R. Picciotto is the Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry at Yale Medical School and professor in the Child Study Center at the university. She also serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Three Women Earn Engineering Doctorates at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Three Women Earn Engineering Doctorates at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

For the first time in its history, the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has awarded doctorates to three women students in the same term. The women, Sandra Cutts, Jaquice Boyd, and Ashlyn Manzella, all received their doctoral degrees in civil engineering.

New Study Aims to Determine How to Boost the Number of Women Academics in Management Information Systems

New Study Aims to Determine How to Boost the Number of Women Academics in Management Information Systems

The researchers will collect data identifying barriers to women’s advancement in academic careers in management information systems, including promotions and tenure. They will also craft policies to recognize women’s contributions to the field of information systems and conduct training on recognizing gender bias in the discipline.

University of California, Irvine Has Launched a Group to Promote Women in Technology

University of California, Irvine Has Launched a Group to Promote Women in Technology

Through strategic partnerships, career development, educational events and networking activities, Women in Technology at UCI aims to strengthen the community of women in technology on campus.

Georgia Southern University Partners With Girls Scouts to Promote STEM Education

Georgia Southern University Partners With Girls Scouts to Promote STEM Education

The partnership with the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will involve consultation on scientific displays and programming by faculty and interns at the Girl Scouts’ GIRL Center in Savannah, as well as trips by Girl Scouts to the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses of Georgia Southern University.

Women Are Making Vast Progress in Academic Psychology But Gender Gaps Remain

Women Are Making Vast Progress in Academic Psychology But Gender Gaps Remain

The study finds that although substantial progress has been made, “women in psychological science who secure tenure-track positions publish less, are cited less, hold fewer grants, are less likely to be represented in the field’s most eminent roles, and do not earn salaries comparable with those of men.”

No Progress in Increasing Gender Diversity in Academic Publishing in the Field of Chemistry

No Progress in Increasing Gender Diversity in Academic Publishing in the Field of Chemistry

A new analysis by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco finds that the percentages of female first and corresponding authors of papers in chemistry journals haven’t increased in the last decade and a half. The research analyzed studies published in 15 leading chemistry journals since 2005.

Women's Class Participation Increases With a Woman Instructor and More Women Classmates

Women’s Class Participation Increases With a Woman Instructor and More Women Classmates

A new study led by Elizabeth Bailey, an assistant professor of biology at Brigham Young University found that having more female peers in the room both significantly increased women’s willingness to talk and improved their scores in the course. Having a woman instructor also had a positive effect.

A Check-Up on Women in the STEM Workforce: A Long Way to Equality

A Check-Up on Women in the STEM Workforce: A Long Way to Equality

A new report from the Center for Research + Evaluation at the University of California, San Diego shows that women are making progress in the STEM workforce but that there is still a long way to go to reach equality.

Ashley Moerke Chosen to Lead the Society of Freshwater Science

Ashley Moerke Chosen to Lead the Society of Freshwater Science

Dr. Moerke serves as a professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Before joining the faculty at Lake Superior State University in 2004, Dr. Moerke was a scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Promotion Pathway for Women in Information Technology

The Promotion Pathway for Women in Information Technology

In what was somewhat of a surprise, the researchers found that women in an information technology firm were more likely to be promoted than men. Women are considered more helpful and trustworthy and often they will be more satisfied with a lower pay raise than men who get promoted, according to the study.

Baylor University's Trena Wilkerson is the New Leader of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Baylor University’s Trena Wilkerson is the New Leader of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The council, which has more than 30,000 members, is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and publishes books for educators, as well as journals, including the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12 and Mathematics Teacher Educator.

National Survey Shows Among Top High Schools Students, Boys Are More Confident Than Girls in Math

National Survey Shows Among Top High Schools Students, Boys Are More Confident Than Girls in Math

A strong majority of all survey respondents cited STEM subjects as their academic favorite. However, only 67 percent of females identified STEM subjects as their strongest, compared to 85 percent of males. Some 83 percent of males said they plan to pursue STEM fields in college, compared to 69 percent of females.

Report Examines If There Is Gender Bias at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Report Examines If There Is Gender Bias at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

A new study by Science magazine finds that in 2011, women led 27 percent of the labs in the Division of Intramural Research. Today the figure is 23 percent. In contrast, at leading children’s research hospitals comparable percentages of women running research labs were between 30 percent and 47 percent.

Mentors and Role Models Can Make the Difference for Women in Academic Economics

Mentors and Role Models Can Make the Difference for Women in Academic Economics

New research led by Donna Ginther, the Dean’s Professor of Economics at the University of Kansas, finds that women economists who participated in a mentoring workshop have had a significant improvement in their career success rate compared to women economists who did not participate in the program.

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.

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.

Cornell Tech's Program to Increase the Number of Women in Computer Science to Expand Nationally

Cornell Tech’s Program to Increase the Number of Women in Computer Science to Expand Nationally

The program, which will now be known as Break Through Tech, will be replicated starting in Chicago as part of a $50 million investment in the new Gender Equality in Tech Cities Initiative by Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates.