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May 2011


News from Iowa

Iowa's STEM Education Roadmap, a strategic plan, is ready for use in focusing the state's wealth of talents on an Iowa imperative for a STEM-literate citizenry and globally competitive workforce. Many of the members of the Iowa state leadership team served as collaborative writers on the Roadmap, and it embeds equity in the strategies.
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News from New Hampshire: Sarah Frazier Leading the Way

(Katie Beth Ryan, Valley News Staff Writer)
When the time came to give her talk in front of 200 audience members at the NAPE conference last month, Sarah Frazier was unfazed. Speaking on the topic of the role of women in engineering, the Stevens High School senior approached the moment with the same ease and confidence she's exhibited throughout the year as the only woman in her engineering classes at both Stevens and the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center. In class, she's not at all intimidated by the men. "They give me more competition," she said. Sarah, the first student to present in the 32-year history of the conference, received a standing ovation.
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The National Girls Collaborative Project Program Directory

This directory lists more than 2,100 STEM programs serving more than 5 million girls, with listings from every state. Programs list their needs and resources, and there is a matching function that allows programs to find each other and collaborate. We encourage you to register your program and to identify your association with the STEM Equity Pipeline Project.


Creating the Next Generation of Black Physicists

(Marybeth Gasman, Chronicle of Higher Education)
According to the NSF, African-Americans earn only 1 percent of Ph.D.'s in physics. The author recently attended a workshop focused on collaboration in the sciences with the express purpose of increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields. One of the most successful partnerships highlighted was the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program. Currently, the Fisk-Vanderbilt program leads the country in the production of black master's degrees in physics.
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Bridging American Indian Students' Scientific Achievement Gap

(Erica Gies, High County News)
This article profiles Michael Ceballos, a man of Tepehuan descent, who earned a bachelor's in physics while holding down a day-job as a draftsman for Boeing, and recently earned a Ph.D. in integrative microbiology and biochemistry. In 2007, he founded the Native American Research Lab (NARL) at the University of Montana-Missoula to mentor Native students working in the sciences, who often lag academically due to socioeconomic disadvantages.
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Obama: Top Teacher Helps Students "Discover the Scientist Within"

(David Jackson, USA TODAY)
President Obama praised National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer in a ceremony in which he focused on her dedication to science education. The Maryland teacher works with students who typically shy away from science, such as minorities or those with disabilities, and helps them "discover the scientist within," Obama said.
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New Study Sees Little Benefit for Staff Development in Math

(Erik Robelen, Education Week)
If a teacher gets intensive and well-designed professional development in a particular subject like math, you might imagine the opportunity is bound to pay dividends in the classroom. But don't bet on it, a new, federally funded study suggests. The study on the cumulative impact of providing 7th grade math teachers with two years of professional development failed to discern a measurable impact on either teacher knowledge or student achievement.
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How to Fix the STEM Deficit

(Arthur Levine, reproduced in Washington Post (Summary from ASCD))
The push to promote the teaching of STEM in schools is being hampered by a lack of qualified STEM educators, says Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and former president of the Teachers College at Columbia University. He advocates a new model for preparing and educating STEM teachers, which includes fellowship programs already in place in some states that put STEM professionals and recent graduates in hard-to-fill classroom positions.
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Less Talk, More Action: Improving Science Learning

(Benedict Carey, New York Times (Summary by ASCD))
A recent study suggests science teaching could be improved by including more group work and interaction rather than lectures. Researchers found improved physics scores among college students who were taught under a collaborative teaching model, which they said actively engages students and enables them to retain new information.
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Persuading Girls to Count on Math

(Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune)
Barbie's much-ballyhooed decision last year to choose computer engineering as her latest career was aided by the Society of Women Engineers and heralded as a key step toward urging young girls to pursue careers in math and technology. But a recent study from the University of Washington found that as early as second grade, American children associate math as an endeavor for boys.
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Researchers Probe Causes of Math Anxiety

(Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week)
Math problems make more than a few students-and even teachers-sweat, but new brain research is providing insights into the earliest causes of the anxiety so often associated with mathematics. Experts argue that "math anxiety" can bring about widespread, intergenerational discomfort with the subject, which could lead to anything from fewer students pursuing math and science careers to less public interest in financial markets.
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Green Tech: Finally, a Female-Friendly Engineering-Tech-Energy Field?

(Sonita Lontoh, Forbes)
Although it is still a male-dominated area, there is a lot of hope that unlike the telecom, semiconductor or computer fields, cleantech can become a sector where women become more engaged. While many clean technology leaders come from the male-dominated oil and gas and utility industries, research suggests that women are more likely to be drawn to cleantech because it serves a higher purpose of creating a sustainable environment for this generation and beyond.
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Bringing Them Back

(Inside Higher Ed)
Increasing the ranks of women faculty members in STEM disciplines has become an area of intense focus for academe in recent years, and attempts to boost these numbers have focused on everything from probing the barriers at individual institutions to encouraging more girls, while they are still in school, to consider careers in these fields. The organizers of the On-Ramps into Academia workshop have taken a different approach: encouraging and coaching talented and accomplished women to leave their positions in private industry and return to campus.
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Children of Recent Immigrants Lead America's Scientific Competitions

(Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News)
Quantifying what has long been obvious in Silicon Valley, a new analysis shows the majority of America's top high school science competitors are the children of new immigrants. The report by the National Foundation for American Policy, found that about two-thirds of the finalists at the Intel Science Talent Search were born to parents who hailed from either China or India.
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How Can Unbiased Software Facilitate Girls' Interest in IT? A Checklist for Evaluating Software

CSCP Archived Webcast: The Power of Collaboration: Providing High-Quality Computer Science Opportunities to K-12 Youth

STEMposium Winners: Five Outstanding STEM Projects

Media and Informal Science Learning is an NSF-funded website that features the best practices in innovative, media-based science education programs and concepts.

Purvi Mody, co-owner of Insight Education, offers advice for students pursuing an engineering degree.

IWITTS has introduced a new series of Unlimited Potential posters, highlighting career options for women in trades, technology and science.


AAUW National Convention: Breaking through Barriers--Advocating for Change, Washington, DC, June 16-19, 2011

NGCP Webcast: The Society of Women Engineers and 4-H: Resources and Partnerships to Enhance Girl-Focused STEM Programming, June 16, 2011, 11:00 AM Pacific

Advancing Girls in STEM: An NCGS Symposium: Wellesley, MA, June 21, 2011

CSCP Webcast: Collaboration Projects Engaging Youth with Disabilities in Computer Science, June 23, 2011, 10:00 Pacific

ASEE 8th Annual K-12 Workshop on Engineering Education: Collaboration Can Improve Engineering Education, British Columbia, Canada, June 25, 2011

K-12 STEM Education Policy Conference, Washington, DC, July 12-13, 2011

Franklin Institute and Free Library of Philadelphia: LEAP into Science, Philadelphia, PA July 18-20, 2011

League for Innovation in the Community College: Second Annual STEMtech Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 2-5, 2011


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