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February 2012


Dear STEM Leaders,

This month I'd like to share news about two individuals who are very much involved in the STEM Equity Pipeline program.

  • Iowa State Team member, Dr. Carol Heaverlo, shared her thoughts on outreach programs, what is needed for transformative change in STEM, advice for young women, and the upcoming WEPAN 2012 Conference during a WEPAN "Leading the Way" interview.
  • In an article for The Ohio State University's alumni newsletter, Ohio facilitator Ben Williams describes his work directing the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline.

In addition, on March 2, NAPE COO Claudia Morrell will speak about Women and Diversity in Technology during a Women of the World (WOW) Baltimore event.

As a reminder, early bird registration for the NAPE Professional Development Institute ends on March 2! Please visit the PDI webpage to access the workshop/roundtable schedule and a list of invited speakers and to register.

For access, equity, and diversity,



Obama Adviser Details STEM Ed. Plans, Draws GOP Skepticism

Erik Robelen, Education Week
President Obama's top science adviser testified the other day on the administration's budgetary plans for STEM education, but encountered some skepticism from the Republican chairman of a key House committee, Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas.
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STEM Coalition Blasts Plan to End Science Testing Mandate

Erik Robelen, Education Week
A Republican proposal to end the federal mandate for science testing in public schools is coming under fire from a broad-based coalition that supports improved STEM education.
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GAO Report Finds Significant Overlap in Federal STEM Education Programs

A major report recently issued by the Government Accountability Office finds that 13 federal agencies invested $3 billion in over 209 STEM education programs in FY2010, and that many of these programs overlap and have little or no evaluation mechanisms.
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The Next Step for Female Scientists

Mary Ann Mason, Chronicle of Higher Education
"The folks at the NSF understand that you shouldn't be penalized or lose a chance to advance in your career because you are taking care of a new child or a mom or dad who's gotten sick," said Michelle Obama in a White House speech announcing a 10-year plan to help men and women balance research careers with their personal lives.
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Gender Equity on Science Faculties Might Have to Wait a Century, Study Finds

Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education
It could take nearly 100 years before half of all professors in science and engineering are female, according to an article out on Friday in the journal Science. The assertion is shocking because people in academe have been working for decades to increase the number of women in those fields.
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Survival Factor

Kaustuv Basu, Inside Higher Education
Half of all tenure-track faculty members in the science and engineering disciplines leave their research universities within 11 years of being hired, according to a study released in the journal Science Thursday.
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U.S. Fares Poorly in International Comparison

School systems outside the U.S. do a far better job of preparing disadvantaged students to excel in science. In an international assessment of 55 participants, the U.S. ranks 36th, behind countries like: Croatia, Estonia, Thailand, and Turkey.
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Bridging the Engineering Gender Gap: Schools work to introduce more girls to engineering

During 17-year-old Emily Moore's sophomore year of high school, her father proposed something she'd never considered: taking an Introduction to Engineering class through her high school's Project Lead The Way program. As an engineer himself, Moore's father wanted her to explore her options, but Moore wasn't so sure.
Read Press Release from PLTW

U.S. Needs to Spark Girls' Interest in Technology

Kimberly Brown, Washington Post
The author writes about why it is most critical to create all types of innovative ways to encourage more females to pursue science, technology, engineering and math.
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Girls Like Biology, Boys Like Physics? AP Data Hint at Preferences

Erik Robelen, Education Week
In perusing a new report on the Advanced Placement program, the author was intrigued to discover some hard data to help shed light on gender preferences for courses. Some of what he learned may not surprise readers. Males dominate AP Computer Science and all three physics courses, for instance. Females dominate AP Art History and English Language and Composition. But not all of the findings were obvious, and a few he considered to be puzzling.
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Hey Buddy! Got Some Time?

Mark Tucker, Education Week
The author explores the possible reasons for why twice as many students enroll in college intending to become engineers as actually get degrees and enter the field.
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Educators, Innovators Call for Earlier Intro to Computer Science

Bobby Kerlik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Producing computer scientists and engineers to fill the demand from domestic companies should be a national priority, said Jeannette Wing, head of the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. "It's a concern that's been weighing on me for years," said Wing, who headed the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering in Washington from July 2007 to June 2010. Educators believe schools need to introduce computer science to students as early as kindergarten.
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STEM Grads Shun Federal Jobs

Brittany Ballenstedt Nextgov
Federal agencies are going to face steep competition when it comes to recruiting and retaining information technology and other in-demand workers, as only 3 percent of college students in such fields say they intend to work for the federal government following graduation.
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In Manufacturing, Blue-Collar Jobs Need White-Collar Training

Sophie Quinton, National Journal
Manufacturing may be a blue-collar touchstone, but jobs in American manufacturing in the 21st century increasingly require white-collar credentials. Experts and economists say that while there are many well-paying manufacturing jobs available that don't require a four-year college degree, or a strong background in science, math, or engineering, employers are increasingly asking for a higher set of skills.
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$100K Manufacturing Jobs

Parija Kavilanz, CNN Money
What's uncool about a $100,000 factory job? These days not much. In fact, factory jobs--once considered back-breaking and low-paying-- have become high-tech and high-salaried. Still young people don't get it, say factory owners, who can't find enough skilled workers.
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Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits

National Research Council
This comprehensive review of research on informal learning settings provides a number of relevant and valuable conclusions for girl-serving informal STEM programs. One such finding aimed at program and exhibit designers and educators is that science is more accessible to learners when it is portrayed in contexts that are relevant to the learners.
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$3M Gaming Project Could Help Spark STEM Education

Laura Devaney ESchool News
MIT is developing a massive multiplayer online game to help high school students with math and science.
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Data Tools Aim to Predict Student Performance

Michelle R. Davis, Education Week
Some district and state data systems are finally mature enough to look into the future, by using complex analytics to predict which indicators mean students may go off track down the line.
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Engineering Innovation is an exciting college-level summer program for motivated high school students with math and science aptitudes and an interest in or curiosity about engineering. Applications are currently being accepted.

Energize your students with the Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: NASCAR STEM Initiative, a hands-on, real-world project that teaches the complex job-related skills needed in a challenging and changing workplace.

Generation STEM: What Girls Say About STEM, from the Girls Scouts Research Institute, offers tips on how to become interested, stay interested, and eventually pursue a career in STEM.
Attend related event hosted by Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Research Forum

The Computer Science Collaboration offers mini-grants for teachers, informal educators, school administrators, community leaders, industry representatives and higher education representatives who are interested in collaborating with one or more organization to complete projects to further computer science opportunities for Hispanic/Latino(a) youth

Students, grades 6-12, are invited to submit entries to the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest.

Explore It After School: Technology and Science for the Visually Impaired is a free resource guide that includes lesson plans for technology and science projects and career exploration resources designed to broaden the academic and career options for students with visual impairments.

IWITTS has introduced new Women in Engineering Banners

College Majors That Put Women on Equal Footing with Men from the New York Times

Video from AYPF forum on Understanding STEM Education: A Discussion of the Key Issues, Efforts, and the Role of Federal Policy


Virtual Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering and Technology, March 5-10, 2012

NGCP Webinar: Effective Tools You Can Use to Change the Image of Computing Among Girls, March 14, 2012, 11:00 AM Pacific

Women in Science 2012 Forum, New York, NY, March 21, 2012

National Robotics Week, April 7-15, 2012

Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing, Team up for Success, April 13-14, 2012, Fredericksburg, VA. Abstracts for presentations are being accepted.

USA Science and Engineering Festival Finale Expo, Washington, DC, April 28-29, 2012

American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012

WEPAN Columbus, OH, June 26-28, 2012

Techbridge Summer Institute, Oakland, CA, August 1-3, 2012


All STEM Equity Pipeline webinars are archived.

View January's webinar, STEM Equity Pipeline Webinar: How Gender Stereotypes Influence Career Aspirations (and What Can Be Done About It)
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