October 12, 2021
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SHPE has helped many Hispanic students succeed in STEM fields at North Carolina State University since the school's chapter was founded in 1996. "It's the place where we all come together, congregate and build each other professionally, as well as building bonds outside of our academics," said Armando Rosas, who is studying computer science at NCSU.
Full Story: Technician (North Carolina State University) (10/12) 
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Hispanic students in Texas' Rio Grande Valley area are doing their part to improve diversity in STEM while pursuing their dreams. For Antonio Medina, a mechanical engineering student at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, being Hispanic has been a motivator as he strives to prove what he is capable of.
Full Story: KVEO-TV (Brownsville, Texas) (10/7) 
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The Latest in STEM
Although the commercial aerospace industry is going through a rocky period due to the pandemic, engineers in the field face a bright future as new technologies and trends develop. Jeff O'Heir examines five promising trends, including electric propulsion and 3D printing.
Full Story: ASME (10/6) 
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Work is well underway on the new SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity in Sacramento, California. Slated to open by the end of the year, the museum will cover roughly 50,000 square feet and include a 20,000-square-foot space for exhibits that promote STEM learning, including a live beehive exhibit.
Full Story: KCRA-TV (Sacramento, Calif.) (10/5) 
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Math teacher says 50 is the new zero
Alexis Tamony, a high-school math teacher in California, says setting 50 -- rather than zero -- as the floor for students' grades allows letter grades to better reflect what students know. In this article, Tamony shares the mathematical reasoning that helped her reframe the concept of a zero.
Full Story: Edutopia (10/6) 
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Data project aims to lessen learning gaps
NWEA, Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research and CALDER at the American Institutes for Research are partnering with 10 school districts to analyze real-time data to help recover learning loss stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The data will be used to evaluate programs and interventions, such as tutoring and after-school support, to help school leaders adjust strategies if needed.
Full Story: The 74 (10/6) 
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Leadership/Professional Development & Training
Praise and gratitude of your co-workers and employees should be specific and inclusive of everyone's efforts, writes Joel Schwartzberg. "You'll get extra appreciation points for including a true story or example that illustrates the effort's value," he writes.
Full Story: Real Leaders (10/5) 
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Servant leadership attempts to take common sense principles and translate them into effective actions, starting with the strategy and following up with "service -- helping people accomplish the agreed-upon goals," write Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley. They offer several questions leaders use to assess how trustworthy they appear to colleagues and teams.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (10/7) 
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Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement
Executive support for diversity and inclusion efforts includes buy-in, sponsorship and rewriting incentives to align with D&I goals, writes Jerome Ternynck, founder and CEO of SmartRecruiters. "By rewarding managers and employees for D&I, your company elevates diversity and inclusion initiatives to the level they fully warrant," Ternynck writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (10/5) 
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Leaders must engage to thwart bias, enhance diversity
Implicit bias and poor inclusion can hurt staff relationships, culture and decision-making, but becoming aware of bias is not enough to reverse the consequences. Leadership is key to bringing change to workplaces, and leaders can do so by inviting diverse perspectives to the table, calling out inappropriate behavior and making an effort to increase their own cultural competence.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (10/6) 
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YOU could work on the next Dune!
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Join us on Friday at 3 p.m. ET for a webinar with Patrice Vermette, production designer on the new film Dune. Vermette will discuss how STEM backgrounds are useful in production design and the entertainment industry. Register now.
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Magical Martes and the Professionals conference
Tune in tonight on Instagram Live at 7 p.m. ET to hear about the Professionals program for the 2021 National Convention. They'll share details about this can't-miss conference and why you should register now to join us in November. Visit Instagram.
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