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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.

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.