A new analysis of test-taking data finds that in Mississippi and Montana, no female, African American, or Hispanic students took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science.
In fact, no African-American students took the exam in a total of 11 states, and no Hispanic students took it in eight states, according to state comparisons of College Board data compiled by Barbara Ericson, the director of computing outreach and a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech.
Eileen Pollack’s New York Times Magazine article delves into why women still aren’t reaching the highest levels of academia and industry in STEM fields, despite their overrepresentation on college campuses and increasing representation among those gaining STEM degrees.
The Chronicle of Higher EducationJuly 22, 2013David J. Leonard
Many recent studies analyzing the challenges facing academic mothers seem to blame their stalled careers on the failure of academic fathers to be equal partners.
I’ve seen that easy explanation offered again and again in studies and articles: Men are slacking off at parenting, leaving women overburdened by family obligations and struggling to meet their career demands in academe.
In some families, the incompetent or lax father, or one still attached to 1950s gender roles, may indeed be part of the problem.
Fieldwork is a rite of passage for anthropologists. It gives the initiate firsthand knowledge of a culture, along with a feeling of camaraderie with colleagues, often in remote and rugged locations. But for women there is also a dark side—a risk of sexual harassment and rape, according to a survey of fieldwork experiences released today.
Women may be underrepresented in science and technology not because they are less skilled in those areas or because they face specific gender barriers to entering these fields, but because they may find better opportunities elsewhere.
That’s the conclusion from a new study by Ming-Te Wang and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh. According to the researchers, women have broader intellectual talents, which provide them with more occupational options.
I just might have the best job in the world. As a particle physicist and professor at Yale, I am a happy cog on the wheel of humanity, trying to understand the universe. I collaborate with brilliant people, young and old, from all over the globe. But while I love my job, the truth is I am part of a system that is rigged.
Harold T. Shapiro, a former president of Princeton University, is credited with the increase in female presidents at Ivy League schools. While just 4 percent of chief executives at Fortune 500 companies are women, half of the presidents of the eight Ivy League schools and 26 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities are run by women. Of his role in promoting women, Shapiro states, “You have a moral obligation, whether it’s a woman or a man, to support their advance.”
2018 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference will be held October 11-13 in San Antonio, Texas. Opportunities are now available for students and postdocs, including travel scholarships. For more information about schedule and registration, please click HERE
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar, Rebecca Calisi-Rodriguez, was featured in the news recently for her ground-breaking research on using pigeons to monitor possible dangers to our health in the environment! Check it out:
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.