Women in STEM Podcast Episode 15 – Elizabeth Bierman, SWE President, Systems Engineer

elizabethbiermanInterview with Elizabeth Bierman, President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Senior Project Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace.

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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 14 – Kaitlyn Bunker, Electrical Engineer

KaitlynBunkerInterview with Kaitlyn Bunker, who has a phd in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech and recently joined Rocky Mountain Institute. Kaitlyn is interested in microgrids and distributed renewable resources.

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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 13 – Pinshane Huang, Materials Research Scientist, Applied Physicist

Pinshane HuangInterview with Pinshane Huang, who has a phd in applied physics and is a postdoc at Columbia University in the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center. She is a photographer for tiny things.

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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 12 – Alison Criscitiello, Glaciologist

AlisonCriscitielloInterview with Alison Criscitiello, a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary, as a glaciologist studying ice core chemistry.

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Announcing the Google CS Engagement Small Awards Program

Google Science Fair

Google Science Fair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google has created the CS Engagement Small Grants Program to support educators teaching introductory computer science courses in reaching their engagement and retention goals. Unrestricted gifts of $5k will be given to selected applicants’ universities.

All educators who are teaching CS1 and CS2 courses at the post-secondary level are encouraged to apply — applications will be accepted through November 15, 2014 and will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. Please check out the Call for Proposal.

While the overall number of students in introductory computer science courses continues to climb, the number of students who go on to complete undergraduate degrees, especially among women and minorities is not as high. Recent findings show that retaining students after their first year in a CS program is still an issue. One of the strongest factors in retention is early exposure to engaging courses and course material, which are meaningful and relevant to the student’s life and encourage student-to-student interaction.

For more information: http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/2014/10/announcing-google-cs-engagement-small.html

 

National Math + Science Initiative Boosts College Readiness for More Than 13,000 Students Nationwide

Student enrollment in college-level math, science and English courses boosted by more than 50,000 in the 2013-2014 year due to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). NMSI, which is working in just 566 schools, also raised the number of Advanced Placement qualifying exam scores by more than 18,500 exams, representing 13,000 additional students who are better prepared for college after this past school year. These 566 schools would have otherwise increased their qualifying exam scores by fewer than 1,400, representing about 1000 students.

NMSI AP 1 year increase_2014_Isolated Chart

Scores of three or higher (on 5 point scale) on AP exams qualify students for college credit at many colleges and universities across the country. Students who master AP courses in high school are three times more likely to graduate from college. African-American and Hispanic students who succeed in AP courses are four times more likely to graduate from college.

“Earning a college degree is the single most important factor influencing economic opportunity and social mobility for our young people, and introducing high school students to a more demanding curriculum is a critical component to prepare them for success down the road,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of NMSI. “We are making measurable, sustainable and scalable progress in improving college readiness among our nation’s students.”

Since 2008, NMSI’s College Readiness Program has been implemented in more than 620 schools across 26 states and the District of Columbia.

NMSI, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to transform education in the United States.

Women in STEM Podcast Episode 11 – Amanda Liesch, Soil Physics PhD Student

mandylieschInterview with Amanda Liesch, Master Hole Digger, Queen of Soils and a Soil Physics PhD Student at North Carolina State University.

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Lucy Shapiro, Pioneering Biologist, Will Receive 2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from The Rockefeller University

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(PRNewsFoto/The Rockefeller University)

Lucy Shapiro, professor of developmental biology at Stanford University School of Medicine, will receive the 2014 Pearl meister Greengard Prize, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding women in science, from The Rockefeller University. Shapiro’s work in developmental biology illuminated the mechanisms that control the differentiation of cells in all living things, from the simplest organisms to the most complex.

“The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize spotlights the extraordinary role women play in the sciences,” said Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard, who is Vincent Astor Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University. “By highlighting the work of today’s most accomplished female researchers, we hope to show young women that not only is it possible to succeed in the STEM fields, it’s possible to change the way we see the world. Dr. Shapiro’s work is exemplary of that premise.”

Greengard, along with his wife, sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, founded the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize in 2003, named in honor of Greengard’s mother, who died during his birth. Greengard dedicated his Nobel honorarium to provide the seed funding for what he envisioned as a yearly salute to women’s accomplishments in what remains a male-dominated field. Over the past 11 years, a generous group of University donors has joined the Greengards in support of the Prize.

“It is a great honor to receive an award that recognizes the contributions of women in science and highlights our presence in the wonderful journey of scientific discovery,” Shapiro said. “All science, now more than ever, is a collaborative effort and through the years I have shared the rich experience of gleaning scientific insights with a cadre of women and men of amazing abilities.”

Winners of the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, who receive a $100,000 honorarium, are selected by a committee of ten extraordinary scientists, five of them winners of the Nobel Prize.

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize ceremony is open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, please visit greengardprize.rockefeller.edu.

NSF Sponsors Community College Innovation Challenge

Laboratory studentsTeams of community college students with a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner are encouraged to submit their proposals for innovative STEM-based solutions to real-world problems within one of the following themes: Bid Data, Infrastructure Security, Sustainability (including water, food, energy, environment), Broadening Participation in STEM, and Improving STEM Education. This challenge furthers NSF’s mission by encouraging students to discover and demonstrate their capacity to use science to make a difference in the world and to transfer knowledge into action.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes the important role community colleges play in workforce development and the future of science research in the United States. Community colleges are a vital part of the scientific research pipeline, training technicians who become an integral part of research efforts and students who go on to continue their education at four-year institutions, especially in underrepresented groups.

Up to 10 finalist teams (2 from each theme) will be invited to attend the Innovation Boot Camp, a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship. Each team will receive $500 to further refine their idea and compete in the final round of competition. Travel, room and board costs associated with attending the Innovation Boot Camp will be paid for team members and faculty mentors.

Each member student of the first-place team will receive $3,000. Each student member of the second-place team will receive $2,000. Each student member of the third-place team will receive $1,000.

Submissions must be received between Sept 15, 2014 and Jan 15, 2015.

For more information or to enter, visit the NSF Community College Innovation Challenge.