Guest blogger Lesley L. Smith, Ph.D. has earned a plethora of degrees, including a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics. In 2012, she added to her collection by completing her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. … More
Topic: STEM careers
Almost everyone wants to figure out how to get more women in careers in science, math, and engineering as a career. In Scotland, they’re putting their money where their mouths are. The government just announced it will spend £250,000 — more than $400,000 — to increase the number of women in STEM careers. Can cash and goodwill really make this happen? More
If the Olympics haven’t gotten you to chant “USA! USA!” at the television by yourself recently, surely last night’s thrilling Mars landing did the trick. At around 1:30 in the morning, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrated the successful landing of its Mars Curiosity rover on Mars. The awesome video footage of the team cheering the landing will bring tears to your eyes.
“I congratulate and thank all the men and women of NASA who made this remarkable accomplishment a reality,” President Obama said in response to the nail-biter with the happy ending. And he wasn’t paying lip service to gender equality by mentioning “men and women”: No one who watched the inspring footage of the the NASA team celebrating their achievement could have missed the fact that there were more than a few women on the team. Rachel Sklar’s Tumblr Change the Ratio provided the names of the six female members of the Jet Propulsion Lab who were visible in the control room for the rover’s launch. Let’s meet them. More
A former classmate of mine, and one of the most intelligent people I’ll ever have the pleasure of calling a friend, just graduated from Stanford with his Ph. D in Chemistry. I would give everyone his name so that we could all say “Congratulations,” but he’s a bit of a private person, so I’ll contain myself. This friend was lucky enough to find a position working in his field directly after graduation. And really, I wasn’t surprised. See I, like most people, assumed that anyone who could graduate with a Ph. D. from Stanford pretty much had their pick of job opportunities. I was wrong. More
We know there has been a decline of women getting jobs in the STEM industry and now we have a helpful graphic to show us from Engineering Degree. This study shows that young girls start off performing much better than their male peers early on but their scores start to decline in adolescence mostly because they think it not very feminine to like science. They then start to lose confidence in their abilities. And even if they major in a STEM field in college there is a profound drop-off rate that occurs with women in these fields. “In a room of 25 engineers only 3 will be women,” according to the graphic.
According to a new Cornell University study, motherhood is causing a major drop off for women in science and math academia. It is not because their performance is devalued or they are shortchanged during interviewing and hiring but because policies at institutions where these women work that make motherhood incompatible with a tenure-track research career. “Even just the plan to have children in the future is associated with women exiting the research fast-track at a rate twice that of men,” report Cornell human development professors Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci in the March-April issue of the journal American Scientist.
Considering a career change? No need to consult the classic 1950s board game Careers. (My sister and I had an old copy of the game growing up, and it convinced us we should go into “uranium prospecting.”) The new book Best Jobs for the 21st Century breaks down 500 different occupations by variables like required experience, salary, and projected growth in openings over the coming years. It also presents a list of the best jobs overall for the century. If you’re thinking about making a move, going back to school, or just daydreaming, check out our countdown of the top 10 jobs you should consider. Spoiler alert: Think computers and medicine — not prospecting. More
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Rolls Royce’s 14-person board includes only one woman. Only 11% of their technical apprentices are women. And now the company is passing the buck, saying the reason its record of gender diversity is so appalling is that not enough women are studying science and engineering in school.
Or at least that’s one way of describing the situation. Another way of putting it is that Rolls Royce is actually one of the good guys. The company announced last week that its goal was to make “demonstrable progress” in increasing its boardroom diversity by 2015. And it already has a better record of hiring women than most. More
Now that is really planning ahead. More