The American Society of Civil Engineers, MacGillivray Freeman Films and Bechtel Corp. were the key partners behind "Dream Big: Engineering Our World," a film aimed at changing the image of engineering and influencing a new generation of diverse female engineers. A fundraising campaign to produce a sequel is underway.
The latest installment of the Society of Women Engineers' annual list of notable professionals includes Evelyn Cortez-Davis, who is leading a team to safely treat, store and convey water to millions of Los Angeles area residents. Cortez-Davis, an alumna of the University of California, Los Angeles, was a founding member of the K-12 outreach program of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter at her alma mater.
The current shortage of STEM teachers affects students of color and those from low-income backgrounds the most, according to Bob Goodman, director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. Data from the American Institute of Physics indicates that while 39% of all high school students took physics classes in high school during 2013, the classes were taken by fewer than 30% of students who are black or Hispanic.
A team led by researchers at the University of Tokyo found that the way potential engineers are taught intercultural communication is limited by essentialism -- the idea that culture is innate and people can be broadly categorized. The researchers believe a constructivist approach that views culture through an emergent lens is more realistic.
Two school districts in Virginia are expanding STEM offerings to include elementary-school students, providing hands-on projects that involve math and engineering activities. An official in one district said the effort seeks to expand engineering opportunities to more students by offering more classes across a range of ages and removing prerequisites to address equity.
Florida International University graduates Laura and Natalia Coronado have begun jobs with Intel as a product marketing engineer and system on chip design engineer, respectively. Laura obtained her initial interview through a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers conference, which resulted in a same-day job offer from Intel, while sister Natalia landed her job through an internship.
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District science teachers Susana Ramirez, Janie Leal, Michael Sweet and Celena Miller have been chosen as participants in NASA's Lift-Off returning alumni program in Florida during the summer. The Next Giant Leap program gives teachers the chance to collaborate as they learn about technology such as robots, 3D printers and flight simulators.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa has been using a mentoring program to grow interest in STEM fields among female middle- and high-school students. School officials say that the presence of female mentors who work in STEM is meant to encourage the young women to pursue similar career paths.
The percentage of girls ages 13 to 17 who said they were interested in a STEM career declined from 11% last year to 9% in an April survey by Junior Achievement, while the percentage of teenage boys interested in STEM rose from 24% to 27%. However, girls interested in medical or dental careers rose from 19% to 25%, and declining interest in STEM overall could be due to perceptions that such careers are for men or a lack of awareness, educator Mark McClure said.
Poor sleep has been linked to an increase in blood pressure by University of Arizona researchers Caroline Doyle and John Ruiz. In a study of 300 men and women, those who slept less efficiently also had higher blood pressure during the night and into the next day, which Ruiz said underscores the importance of quality sleep.
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