Adding career "onramps" and "offramps" for technical employees to follow in the organizations that employ them will help in the advancement of women in technology, according to a new research report.
While biological differences between the genders could play a role in women's propensity to move away from STEM fields, the research is inconclusive, according to a review of research projects on the topic done by the AAUW. More likely, according to the researchers, is that cultural factors have a greater impact in the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Determined to reach digital natives where they live, the School of Social Work at SUNY's University at Buffalo has taken on technology outreach projects ranging from a simple Facebook page to the launch of a course in Second Life. But the largest commitment in this overall effort has been to a biweekly podcast series. In part 1 of this two-part series, the podcast producers share some lessons they've learned in undertaking this digital media initiative.
Portland State University is deploying a server-based geographic information system (GIS) to broaden student and faculty use of the technology.
Purdue University is teaming up with PBS to educate elementary school teachers on how to teach engineering concepts to young students.
Significant numbers of women and minorities who made it into science careers were discouraged along the way. What's more, the bulk of those who said they've experienced discouragement most often cited their educational institutions as the offenders, according to a report released this week.
A new five-year, $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation will connect Michigan State University researchers with K-12 students and teachers from several rural districts in Michigan. The program is designed not just to boost STEM literacy among the K-12 participants, but also to help develop the researchers into better scientists by letting them work on their teaching and communications skills.
Commercially produced materials presented online have begun to take an increasingly important role in continuing education for physicians. If current trends in the use of online education continue, according to the authors of a new study on the topic, half of continuing medical ed used by physicians will be delivered via online means within seven to 10 years.
Rice University is the recipient of a major research award from IBM that includes a supercomputer to do advanced biomedical research. Rice scientists will use the supercomputer in collaboration with researchers from Texas Medical Center to study cancer, AIDS, and other complex diseases.
IBM will be working with two universities to explore the creation of an open, common user interface platform for mobile devices. The software developed by IBM, the National Institute of Design of India in Bangalore, and the University of Tokyo's RCAST, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, will be made available as open source.