April 20, 2021
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Student support services are addressing problems that first-generation engineering students face that extend beyond high tuition costs to outside factors that may force them to drop out. Jean Thilmany looks at two success stories.
Full Story: ASME (4/12) 
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Grand Valley State University in Michigan is partnering with historically Black colleges and universities, including Fort Valley State University in Georgia, to create a more diverse student body and workforce. Under the plan, Fort Valley STEM students can earn a master's degree in engineering or computer science at the Michigan school.
Full Story: MLive (Michigan) (tiered subscription model) (4/12) 
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The Latest in STEM
STEM middle-schoolers to partner with Akron Zoo
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Middle-school students in Akron, Ohio, will spend a school year helping the staff of the Akron Zoo solve problems, such as ways to slow soil erosion in the habitat for alpacas. The initiative is part of the Ohio STEM Learning Network Akron Hub and teachers can choose from a variety of the zoo's challenges to take on.
Full Story: Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (4/15) 
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Renderings of exhibits at the new Da Vinci Science Center opening in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in spring 2024 were recently unveiled. The 67,000-square-foot center will include several exhibits, such as the My Body, the Science in the Making and Curiosity Hall exhibits. Work on the science center will begin in spring 2022.
Full Story: WFMZ-TV (Allentown, Pa.) (4/14) 
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There are three major advantages engineers have over other professionals when it comes to health insurance. Make sure your firm is leveraging all of them, to get the best possible benefits for the price. Learn more.
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Education
Science learning, teaching problematic during pandemic
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More students found science interesting and relevant, but at least a third of high-school students worried they wouldn't be able to complete their STEM courses during the pandemic, according to an analysis of AmeriSpeak survey data last summer. Multiple teaching modes and constraints on supplies available at students' homes were some of the issues, Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of the University of Maine, explained at a science symposium.
Full Story: Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (4/12) 
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Marietta City Schools in Ohio is putting students in grades seven through 12 on one campus and plans to broaden its STEM and talented and gifted programs at the same time, says assistant high-school principal Tim Fleming, the district's incoming director of curriculum and technology. Math and social studies will get the biggest shake-up and students will benefit by having all of the teacher experts in one location, making it easier for them to collaborate and tackle professional development, Fleming says.
Full Story: The Marietta Times (Ohio) (4/16) 
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Leadership/Professional Development & Training
Leaders need to know that communication isn't one-size-fits-all, and they need to understand how their methods of communication and the platforms they use will affect employees, writes Scott Eblin. "If you don't take a strategic approach to your communications, it's way too easy to get into a reactive mode of always catching up to the curve," he writes.
Full Story: Eblin Group (4/12) 
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This article shares 10 lessons of innovation from former Apple executive Guy Kawasaki, including that innovation should be meaningful, ahead of the curve, imperfect and a bit controversial. "If your innovation is missing any of these, it might fall into the trope of mediocrity," writes TriangleIP founder Deepak Syal.
Full Story: InnovationManagement (Sweden) (4/12) 
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Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement
Only 34% of Black students and 43% of Hispanic students who enroll in college STEM programs earn a degree, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin and Florida International University. Students say research opportunities, financial aid and more inclusive environments are key to STEM retention.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (4/13) 
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A report from career website Dice, which surveyed more than 9,000 technologists, finds that more than half of women working in tech have experienced gender discrimination, while Black people in tech report more racial discrimination than other groups. While the tech industry has begun to address diversity issues, there is more work to be done, including creating an inclusive and supportive culture, the report says.
Full Story: World Economic Forum (4/13) 
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Research & Innovations in STEM
A new area of the Milky Way bursting with huge blue stars has been detected by astrophysicists putting together a comprehensive map of the galaxy, and they describe the find in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The region was found between the Perseus constellation and the Orion Arm and researchers say the stars, which are extremely hot, are close to blowing up.
Full Story: LiveScience (4/8) 
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Vote by April 30 for your new volunteer leadership
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We want you to be heard. That's why it's critical that you take an active role in voting for your elected, volunteer SHPE leaders. Eligible voters should have received their ballot. The last full day of voting is April 29. Meet the candidates.
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The ScholarSHPE program helps fill the gap in the Hispanic education pipeline. For the 2020-21 academic year, SHPE provided $629,000 in scholarships. This year YOU could be one of the recipients! Apply now.
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