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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.

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.

New CUNY Program to Help Women Entrepreneurs Learn Emerging Technologies

New CUNY Program to Help Women Entrepreneurs Learn Emerging Technologies

The City University of New York has announced the creation of an emerging technology mentorship program that targets 250 small businesses owned by veterans, minorities, and women throughout New York City.

Simmons University Partners With Columbia University in Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

Simmons University Partners With Columbia University in Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

Simmons University in Boston, where traditional undergraduate programs are reserved for women, has announced the launch of a new five-year, dual-degree program in engineering with Columbia University. Successful graduates earn a bachelor’s degree from Simmons University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Columbia University.

Louisiana State's Susanne Brenner Named President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Louisiana State’s Susanne Brenner Named President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Susanne C. Brenner is a Boyd Professor of the Louisiana State University System. She holds a joint appointment with the department of mathematics and Center for Computation and Technology (CCT). At CCT she is also the associate director for academic affairs.

Women From Underrepresented Groups Get Snubbed in Offers to Present at a Major Earth Science Conference

Women From Underrepresented Groups Get Snubbed in Offers to Present at a Major Earth Science Conference

The study found that at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union women from ethnic minorities were invited to give fewer talks, invited to give talks less often, and opted for poster presentations more than researchers who were not from underrepresented minorities.

Barbara Wold Named the Director of the Institute for Translational Research at the CalTech

Barbara Wold Named the Director of the Institute for Translational Research at the CalTech

The institute, established earlier this year, aims to help CalTech scientists and engineers transform their breakthroughs into advances in human health and enhance resources for every step in translational science, from basic discovery through clinical collaboration and the introduction of new treatments.

Harvard University Aims to Boost Women in Its Information Technology Workforce

Harvard University Aims to Boost Women in Its Information Technology Workforce

The Harvard Women in Technology + Allies Mentoring Program’s objective is to make the university a more engaged and inclusive community by increasing retention and promotion of those in IT roles, providing coaching and career-development tools, and empowering members in their workspace.

Study Finds No Biological Gender Differences in Brain Function of Children Regarding Mathematics

Study Finds No Biological Gender Differences in Brain Function of Children Regarding Mathematics

The research team used functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the brain activity in a group of young children ages 3 to 10 while the children were watching an educational video covering early math topics. After numerous statistical comparisons, the research team found no difference in the brain development of girls and boys.

Oregon State University Making Progress in Adding Women to its Engineering Faculty

Oregon State University Making Progress in Adding Women to its Engineering Faculty

Oregon State University reports that 50 of the 200 tenured or tenure-track faculty in the College of Engineering are women. According to the university, that number has more than doubled over the past five years.

Study Offers a Roadmap to Reduce Bias and Increase the Number of Women in STEM Research

Study Offers a Roadmap to Reduce Bias and Increase the Number of Women in STEM Research

Last December a group of 23 scientists met at the Banbury Center in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, to discuss ways to reduce bias and increase the number of women in STEM research positions. Their findings were recently released in a paper published in Science magazine.

Women Underrepresented on the Editorial Boards of Major Journals in Statistics and Biostatistics

Women Underrepresented on the Editorial Boards of Major Journals in Statistics and Biostatistics

A new study by Andrea Foulkes a professor of mathematics and statistics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, finds that women comprise less than a quarter of editorial board members on prestigious journals in statistics and biostatistics.

Addressing the Lack of Women in Leadership Positions in Academic Pediatrics

Addressing the Lack of Women in Leadership Positions in Academic Pediatrics

in 2017, women were 35 percent of all physicians in the United States but 63 percent of all pediatricians. Women made up 57 percent of all medical school faculty in pediatrics but were just 35 percent of all full professors in pediatrics and 26 percent of pediatric department chairs.

New Report Documents the Persistence of a Gender Pay Gap at Federal Scientific Agencies

New Report Documents the Persistence of a Gender Pay Gap at Federal Scientific Agencies

The study found that the pay gaps at organizations such as NOAA and the DOE — agencies focused on traditionally masculine fields such as engineering and physical sciences — were largely the result of men being paid more than women for the same jobs.

Karen Viskupic Named President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Karen Viskupic Named President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Karen Viskupic is an assistant research professor of geosciences at Boise State University in Idaho. She works with geoscience faculty on curriculum development and assessment, advises all undergraduate geoscience students, and works on several campus-wide initiatives to improve undergraduate and graduate STEM student success. 

Julia Greer Is the New Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Julia Greer Is the New Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Dr. Greer’s research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on creating 3-D micro- and nano-architected materials using 3-D lithography, nanofabrication, and additive manufacturing techniques. She joined the faculty at CalTech in 2007 and was promoted to full professor in 2013.

Tuskegee University Establishes New Scholarship Program for Women Engineering Students

Tuskegee University Establishes New Scholarship Program for Women Engineering Students

The Lily McNair Women in Engineering Leadership Scholarship Initiative, named to honor the university’s first woman president who took office on July 1, 2018, will provide tuition assistance for women engineering students at the university.

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.