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November 6, 2012
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  • Event seeks to inspire girls by making STEM fun
    Schools and businesses in western Michigan are taking steps to inspire the next generation of young women to pursue jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. They recently came together for the STEM Girl Genious Conference, where more than 100 girls participated in hands-on projects and interacted with STEM professionals. "I'd like the girls to realize that anything is possible; that the old world and old ideas are really gone. Girls have great opportunities, especially in the STEM world," event co-creator Armen Oumedian said. WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (11/4)
  • University of Houston launches pre-engineering program
    To meet the staffing needs of local companies, the University of Houston is investing more time in training engineers even before they graduate high school. "The pre-engineering program allows students to register for engineering undecided and take advanced math and science, (since) their high school transcripts may not meet UH's requirements," Vita P. Como, senior director of professional development said. "If they do well in the pre-engineering program, they will be admitted to the engineering program." Houston Chronicle (11/5) Email this Story
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  • Partnerships offer students authentic automotive design experiences
    Graduate students in the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research program get real-world opportunities and insight into automotive design and construction, thanks to partnerships with corporate sponsors. Most recently, students unveiled the Deep Orange 3 car at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, which was developed in response to a call from Mazda -- one of the program's sponsors -- for students to create a car they would like to drive after graduation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/5) Email this Story
  • Website seeks to support college entrepreneurs
    Five Massachusetts universities along with 30 other U.S. colleges are benefiting from a website designed to help budding entrepreneurs secure funding for their ideas and products. Upstart, which launched earlier this year, provides mentors and advisers, as well as funding support in exchange for a share of future profits. American City Business Journals (11/5) Email this Story
  • Computational genomics drives personalized cancer care
    Software engineers are emerging as key players in the drive to translate massive amounts of genomic data into drugs that target specific genetic mutations. Using about the same amount of computing power as is available on the average personal computer, computational biologists are developing algorithms to identify recurring genetic patterns in tumors. Drugmakers will increasingly work with software developers, such as Microsoft, to develop new algorithms, methodologies and even therapies, says Les Jordan, chief technology strategist at Microsoft's Life Sciences unit. Reuters (11/1)
  • How students can use social media to get ahead
    In this blog post, writer Meagan Cook suggests that now is the time for college students to learn to use social media effectively to improve their chances of landing a job after graduation. Cook offers 10 tips for students interested in making the most of their social media profiles, such as being genuine, connecting to people working in fields of interest and using social media to search for jobs. She also suggests students stay semi-professional online and involved in online conversations. B2C Marketing Insider (10/30)
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