The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers recently honored Alina Garcia Taormina, a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, with the 2019 SHPE National Technical Achievement and Recognition Award: Graduate Student Role Model for Southern California and Arizona. Garcia Taormina, who was recognized for her contributions to SHPE's USC chapter, tutoring efforts and creation of a scholarship fund, "has selflessly aided in developing the SHPE graduate student community," said Emily Anne Vargas, SHPE's national graduate assembly co-chair and a USC Viterbi Ph.D. student in materials science.
Micron Technology uses a "constant focus" on diversity to ensure continued progress toward its long-term goals, according to April Arnzen, senior vice president for human resources. Micron's recruiting strategy includes participation at events held by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and other groups as it attempts to improve the diversity of its workforce, Arnzen said.
Stemettes have teamed up with jobs site Monster for the fourth year to host Monster Confidence events aimed at giving female students ages 14 to 18 space to explore STEM careers. Students also hear from women with jobs in STEM industries and work on other career skills, such as interviewing to build more confidence.
Phillip Lewis, an elementary-school teacher in Newport, Tenn., is a former magician who offers hands-on lessons for students learning STEM subjects. Examples include turning the classroom into an escape room and illustrating the dangers of vaping by creating "lungs" using balloons and cups.
Girls who want to pursue STEM education and learn about careers in STEM fields can get help and support from groups such as GirlStart, which provides after-school educational programs for female students in fourth through eighth grades. Another group, the Girls Empowerment Network, works to build "self-efficacy" among girls in grades three through 12.
The Engineering With Style event in Bristol, UK, encouraged girls to see civil engineering as a viable career option. Women have a lot to offer to the profession, including a "fresh way of thinking and creativity," said Dr. Adrienn Tomor from the University of the West of England.
Mentors play a huge role in helping minority students feel comfortable in STEM programs, according to Johnna Frierson, head of a diversity and leadership program at Duke University's School of Medicine. Students in a rigorous academic program are especially susceptible to concerns over whether others may feel they don't belong, Frierson said.
The lack of minority representation in STEM fields in the US is a serious problem that requires deliberate action to overcome, write Freeman Hrabowski and Peter Henderson. They note that diversity in STEM can be improved by setting high expectations among schools, developing a sense of community within STEM programs and offering academic support for high-achieving students to ease the transition into college life.
The microgravity experienced during space travel can disrupt the performance of intestinal epithelial cells, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside. Leakiness caused by a weakened intestinal epithelium barrier can lead to greater risk of infection and chronic inflammatory conditions for up to 14 days after a participant is removed from a microgravity environment.
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