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December 2009


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Geeks Drive Girls Out of Computer Science

(Jeanna Bryner, MSNBC)
The stereotype of computer scientists as geeks who memorize Star Trek lines and never leave the lab may be driving women away from the field, a new study suggests. And women can be turned off by just the physical environment, say, of a computer-science classroom or office that's strewn with objects considered "masculine geeky," such as video games and science-fiction stuff.
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NBC to Show Where Science and the Olympics Meet

(Joanne C. Gerstner, The New York Times)
Think of it as Mr. Wizard goes to the Olympics. NBC has teamed with the National Science Foundation to create a series of videos detailing how science helps potential Vancouver Olympians unleash their best performances. Each installment features athletic skills, such as a hockey slap shot, broken down through high-definition video. N.S.F. scientists help explain the science. The first installment in the 16-part "The Science of the Winter Olympic Games" series, narrated by NBC anchor Lester Holt, aired on the "Today Show." The videos will also be accessible on NBColympics.com/science.
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New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs

(Steve Lohr, The New York Times)
Experts in education and technology say that better computer science education in schools and an improved image of computer science careers are needed to entice more students to prepare for the digital jobs of the future. The National Science Foundation is developing an introductory computer science course that is aimed at showing students how technology is integrated across many industries. "The fear is that if you pursue computer science, you will be stuck in a basement, writing code. That is absolutely not the reality," a Google executive said.
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Majoring in Math Not Always a Classroom Plus

(Sean Cavanagh, Education Week)
A chief requirement of a successful math teacher is having majored in math in college, one might think, but research shows it has little advantage, according to Education Week. Counterintuitive?--perhaps, especially given widespread alarm among policymakers over STEM teacher credentials. A fundamental grasp of math is necessary, but what observers say is crucial is an instructional repertoire for teaching it.
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10 Tips for Success for Engineering Students

(Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman, U.S. News & World Report, Professors' Guide)
According to a recent survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, one third of college freshmen plan to major in science and engineering, while about 8 percent of all first-year students intend to concentrate in engineering proper. Some of these engineering students are destined to land major leadership roles in the United States and worldwide, while others are . . . well, every field has its "lesser lights."
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Former Science Teacher Takes Physics Show on the Road

(Kristen Cates, Great Falls Tribune)
Middle-school students in Great Falls, Mont., recently received a visit from the "Mr. G Science Show," a program designed by retired teacher Glenn Govertsen aimed at getting students excited about physics. Govertsen uses loud hip-hop and pop music to teach students about sound vibration and has students don 3-D glasses as he teaches them about the properties of light. "I really feel it's something unique to try and motivate kids in science," Govertsen said.
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Entry-Level Engineering Positions Set for Growth

(Andrea Kay, Green Bay Press Gazette)
Andrea Kay explains to parents of recent engineering grads "why, if engineers are in such demand and there's a scary shortage," it can still be difficult for new engineers to find employment.
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Studying Laws of Attraction: Researchers, Educators Work to Draw High School Girls More into Science

(Emily McFarlan, Courier News)
High school girls are bored, disengaged and stressed in science classes compared to boys, according to the initial findings of a Northern Illinois University research study released last month "Our girls don't do any worse than the boys do, but (science) just doesn't do it for them," said Jennifer Schmidt, an associate professor of educational psychology at NIU. Science in the Moment, or SciMo, is a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation to document, describe and understand how male and female students experience science classes.
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Math, Tech and the Women Who Don't Love Them

(Gerry Shih, The New York Times)
It's no secret to anyone in Silicon Valley that math, science and technology fields remain dominated by men, despite some progress by women in recent years. Women make up 46 percent of the American workforce but hold just 25 percent of the jobs in engineering, technology and science, according to the National Science Foundation. To Sally K. Ride, a former astronaut, that persistent gender gap is a national crisis that will prove to deeply detrimental to America's global competitiveness.
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Diversifying the STEM Pipeline: The Model Replication Institutions Program

(Jenna Cullinane and Lacey H. Leegwater, Institute for Higher Education Policy)
This report describes effective practices and policies that have enhanced and strengthened the STEM offerings at nine MSIs. These institutions participate in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Model Replication Institutions (MRI) initiative, which builds on best practices in STEM undergraduate education identified previously by a NSF- and NASA-supported, 11-year-old program called the Model Institutions of Excellence (MIE).
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Advancing STEM Education

(NSF Press Release)
This NSF initiative brings together different scientific disciplines and diverse communities of faculty and students--often on the same campus.
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NAPE's 2010 Professional Development Institute, "A New Decade for Equity," will be held in Arlington, VA, on April 12-15, 2010.
Access all of the information about registration, the program, and sponsorship
Confirmed Speakers:
April 13 Luncheon
Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration
April 13 Opening
Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education
April 14 Opening
Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights


Math Mom Website

Education Week Spotlight on STEM in Schools

Geogebra is a free, Web-based computer program to enhance math lessons

Get Into Energy Website

Teachers' Domain posts a video segment that shows each part of the engineering design process.

National Lab Day for Hands-on Learning

Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation: Christopher Columbus Awards

WHIZ KIDS follows the lives of three high school students who compete in the Intel Science Talent Search.

The Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education.

50 Best Careers of 2010 from US News & Report

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Week

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities.

Survival Design Challenge Essay Contest


WiSE: A Catalyst for Change: Seattle, WA, February 20, 2010

AAAS Conference Session: Role of Community Colleges in Increasing Minority Students in the STEM Pipeline: San Diego, CA, February 21, 2010, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

USA Science & Engineering Festival: October 10-24, 2010, Washington, DC


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