Intel uses transparency, conferences to boost diversity | Minn. STEM group offers support for minority students | Reef balls to protect Chesapeake Bay waters, shoreline
March 24, 2020
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Intel's transparency and willing to disclose diversity data has helped drive its efforts to hire more women and underrepresented minority workers, according to Intel executive Barbara Whye. The company's presence at conferences held by groups such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has also been instrumental in the company's efforts to hire from a more diverse pool of workers, said Isaura Gaeta, head of security research.
Full Story: The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/San Jose, Calif. (3/20) 
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The North Star STEM Alliance in Minnesota hopes to increase the number of students of color who graduate with STEM degrees through research opportunities, travel programs and other ways for students to improve their career skills and knowledge. The group includes 14 Minnesota colleges and universities and three community partners.
Full Story: The Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota) (3/18) 
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The Latest in STEM
Reef balls to protect Chesapeake Bay waters, shoreline
Reef balls (Facebook/Coastal Conservation Association Maryland)
Chesapeake Bay stands to benefit from 300 reef balls being built by Queen Anne's County, Md., students in environmental science classes and masonry courses. The balls are designed to dissipate wave energy to enhance habitats and mitigate erosion.
Full Story: MyEasternShoreMD (Easton, Md.) (3/18) 
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This school year, Alamogordo Public School District in New Mexico added zSpace, a 3D computer platform that allows students to study such things as animal dissection, astronomy and the human heart. The district plans to add more zSpace laptops for next school year.
Full Story: Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (3/16) 
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Teacher shares ways to personalize math lessons
Fifth-grade teacher Amber Stagi has discovered ways to tailor learning for students at different skill levels to build both confidence and competence in math. Stagi uses pretests to evaluate students, then groups them into stations with different activities, and meets with students to review their performance and co-develop a plan to meet goals, she writes in this blog post.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (3/17) 
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Do math pathways help, hurt college students?
Some colleges are using math pathways as a developmental education reform, but a report questions whether the strategy improves math success for all students. The report from Just Equations found that misinformation and math anxiety can cause students to avoid STEM math pathways, and suggests remedies, including professional development for school counselors and math instructors.
Full Story: Inside Higher Ed (3/17) 
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Leadership/Professional Development & Training
Women encourage girls to persist, become leaders
A Women in STEM event in East St. Louis, Ill., recently brought together an electrophysics engineer, clinical pharmacist, statistical geneticist and STEM program coordinator to speak to an audience of girls ages 10 and 11. As a part of a STEM initiative, the speakers shared personal experiences and advice to the girls to encourage them to "fail forward," grow as leaders, overcome challenges and believe in themselves.
Full Story: RiverBender (Alton, Ill.) (3/17) 
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District starts aviation learning in middle school
Broward County Public Schools in Florida has created an aviation program that begins in seventh grade and follows a student through high school with courses that include business, aviation technology and computer science, writes Leslie Brown, chief portfolio services officer for the district. By the final years of high school, students spend half of their day at Atlantic Technical College and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport to prepare for an aviation career, Brown explains.
Full Story: The 74 (3/16) 
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Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement
Washington, D.C., and Durham, N.C., rank highly among cities where women play a key role in STEM careers, as women account for 42% of STEM jobs in those cities, according to a National Girls Collaborative Project study. Fremont, Calif., and San Francisco had the highest median earnings for women in STEM positions, the study noted.
Full Story: Engineered Systems (3/17) 
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School focuses on inclusion, collaboration
Niagara Street Junior Public School in downtown Toronto has a diverse student body, with 57% of students identified as having special needs, and the school leans heavily on team teaching and open communication. The K-6 school, which ranks in the top 30% of Canadian schools in reading, writing and math test scores, uses universal design and employs technology to bridge gaps in learning.
Full Story: Toronto Sun (3/15) 
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Research & Innovations in STEM
Researchers extracted cells from patients with hemophilia A and reprogrammed them genetically to produce functional clotting factor VIII that they grafted successfully into hemophiliac mice, according to research published in the journal Blood Advances. Data indicated that the treatment restored FVIII blood levels and improved clotting significantly, according to lead researcher Juan Melero-Martin.
Full Story: Hemophilia News Today (3/16) 
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Researchers have estimated the birth of the cortex at over 500 million years ago after studying the brain of a lamprey. During their work, researchers Juan Perez-Fernandez, Brita Robertson, Sten Grillner and Shreyas Suryanarayana showed that lampreys' brains include all of the main components found in those of humans, including visual, sensory and motor areas within the cortex.
Full Story: Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm) (3/16) 
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Celebrating women in engineering
In this special Women's History Month latinXfactor webinar tomorrow night, STAR Award winner Diana Ortega will tell us her inspiring story and share actionable career advice about overcoming obstacles, paving new pathways and finding creative strategies to confidently persist in an engineering career. Register now.
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