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IU to lead first-ever investigation into subtle cues' influence on women's success in STEM

$2.2 million study to explore how signals in the physical environment shape persistence and performance - The National Science Foundation wants to identify obstacles that keep women from entering and remaining in STEM careers, and Indiana University's Mary C. Murphy is working to reveal a previously hidden factor that may be preventing advancement in these fields.

Why Are These 3 STEM Fields Dominated By Women?

Three STEM fields that are disproportionately female can teach other industries about how to boost the ranks to include more women. In the workforce, where women make up 47% of employees, they only represent a quarter of the jobs in mathematical sciences and 13% of engineers. There are a few bright spots. Statistics, botany, and healthcare are three areas where women dominate. We asked leaders in these fields to tell us why women lead the pack, and what they can teach others about achieving a better balance.

Why Solving Poverty through "Higher Education" Is a Mistake

These are jobs that can pay decently and that go begging. For example, according to Deloitte, there will be 2 million manufacturing jobs that go wanting over the next decade. The reason? Companies can’t find people with the skills needed to work in new high-tech factories and to run equipment. Then there are occupations like electricians, plumbers, and robotics technicians that don’t have enough workers because kids are taught to be interested in only a handful of more glamorous or socially-acceptable occupations.

Budding Scientific Entrepreneur Offers STEM Advice To Girls

Some say girls are deterred by an "implicit bias" that leads us to see science and math as "male" fields. Others point to research showing gender discrimination against women who apply for STEM jobs. Sara Sakowitz, a 19-year-old freshman biomedical engineering major at Columbia University and a budding entrepreneur, has her own strong views on the matter.

Obama touts ambitious solar jobs initiative in conservative Utah

Obama made his first visit to Utah as he pushed his argument to increase federal spending levels in next year’s budget in the face of GOP opposition on Capitol Hill. The president visited a field of solar panels here as the Department of Energy announced it will seek to train 75,000 people — including veterans — to enter the solar workforce by 2020, increasing the goal it set in May 2014 by 25,000 workers.

Number of Women in STEM Jobs Declines

Even if more young women are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the number of women actually in STEM jobs is on the decline, a new report by the American Association of University of Women finds. Only 12 out of 100 computer scientists are women, the report reveals. The AAUW report titled “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing” explains that the number of women in computing has taken a nosedive from 35 percent in 1990 to only 26 percent today.

Demand to fill cybersecurity jobs booming

As the number and sophistication of cyberattacks increase, so does the demand for people who can prevent such digital incursions. More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years, according to a Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for positions like information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018.

Pentagon S&T Workforce - Smaller Older

The United States has seen its technological edge erode as other nations caught up while the U.S. was preoccupied with counter-insurgency. Of equal concern to Alan Shaffer, the Pentagon's principal deputy assistant secretary for research and engineering, is that "the DoD has lost 10,000 scientists and engineers since 2011." Also, beginning in 2013, the average age of DoD S&Es started to climb. See his and other R&D officials testimony.

Source: Department of Defense congressional testimony.

Closing the gap between school and work

"We're losing a generation of kids who are bored out of their mind," Wagner says, noting that the push for standardized testing has resulted in more rote learning and less opportunity for students to learn how to solve problems and think critically. "Kids today want to be active, engaged and know why they should learn that."

10 Career Resources for Women in STEM

While women's presence in these industries has increased steadily over the years, there's still a significant gender gap — and if female STEM workers want to get ahead, it's in their best interest to support and connect with other women who share their professional interests and goals. If you're a woman who works (or wants to work) in STEM, here are 10 great career resources to help you build your skills, network with other STEM professionals and find new career-related opportunities.

Overcoming Gender Inequality in the Tech Sector

Yesterday, in partnership with Symantec, we brought together a number of smart women and men for a roundtable discussion on gender inequality in tech. In attendance were Code 2040 and Girls Who Code, two non-profits that are trying to address one root of the problem — girls leaving STEM education as early as middle school. We also had representatives of companies including Facebook, Edelman and of course Symantec. These organizations and others are actively looking to improve their diversity record and foster a culture of diversity.

Why is STEM important?

If you look across the academic landscape what is it that you notice? Students are performing science experiments, testing out solar energy, and learning the basics of computer programming. But what does all of this mean? Here’s one word for you, STEM. Referring to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, you can find STEM education being implemented in schools and programs around the country and here in New York City. But the question is what makes STEM so important?

Seven strategies for keeping women in STEM fields

Women who enter science and engineering fields often leave prematurely – and if they stay, many don’t advance as quickly as their male counterparts. Now an academic panel has developed a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity in so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. The 28-member Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering Working Group hopes to “ensure that women not just enter science, but remain, compete, and truly excel in scientific careers.”

Robots may make it harder for some Americans to get ahead

So if advanced robots knock out more automatable jobs, will lower-skilled workers fall further from the pack and essentially vanish from the American jobs landscape? This is a big debate among economists and experts on robotics.

The White House’s $100M, H-1B Funded Tech Job Plan Comes Under Fire

Obama administration says there are 545,000 IT job openings, but experts question that number. The White House has established a $100 million program that endorses fast-track, boot camp IT training efforts and other four-year degree alternatives. But this plan is drawing criticism because of the underlying message it sends in the H-1B battle.

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