January 25, 2022
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For a span of two years, the Medtronic Foundation will invest approximately $4 million in STEM education for over 60,000 underserved and underrepresented students in Northern California, Minnesota and Puerto Rico. SHPE, Girls Who Code and Science from Scientists are among the organizations that will receive funding.
Full Story: MassDevice (Boston) (1/21),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (1/25) 
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With more than half of her students absent from her classes at different points this month, Los Angeles High School math teacher Sandra Ruiz says she's focusing less on hard deadlines and more on social-emotional activities. Ruiz is helping students who aren't physically in class by posting daily on an online task management platform, creating videos for additional help and eliminating hard due dates on assignments.
Full Story: KCRW-FM (Santa Monica, Calif.) (1/20) 
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Engineers should be thinking beyond mere compliance with environmental goals and bring to bear their more creative and innovative thinking, according to Seth Schultz, CEO of The Resilience Shift. Speaking before a gathering of UK civil engineers, Schultz said engineers should break out of their reputation for conservatism as "we have to change and be seen to be flexible without compromising safety."
Full Story: New Civil Engineer (tiered subscription model) (1/18) 
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Olympian Ledecky connects swimming, STEM
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Swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky explains how STEM figures into her swimming competitions as the face of the STEM Forward educational initiative, says Alejandra Ceja of Panasonic North America, which is partnering with Ledecky and Discovery Education. The program, which has tools for teachers and activities for students and families, works especially to inspire students of color and illustrates how certificates or two- or four-year degrees can lead to STEM careers.
Full Story: WorkingNation (Los Angeles) (1/20) 
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Education
STEM school supports students with autism
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Students with autism learn STEM skills such as coding and programming in an environment tailored to their needs at the Science Prep Academy in Arizona. The school, considered to be the first of its kind, is intended to nurture neurodiverse students and help them leverage their skills in fields such as physics, says educator and founder Kenneth Mims.
Full Story: The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (1/23) 
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STEM professionals helps students in Operation Xcel
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A kindergarten-through-middle school after-school and summer program called Operation Xcel offers underrepresented students hands-on STEM curriculum and promotes self sufficiency. Charlene Gladney, who has a master's degree in electrical engineering, has brought other STEM professionals in as teachers in the North Carolina program.
Full Story: WGHP-TV (High Point, N.C.) (1/19) 
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Leadership/Professional Development & Training
With so much of every engineer's career riding on a good resume, it's important to get it right. Jean Thilmany reviews the essential elements and offers tips on structure, keywords and brevity.
Full Story: ASME (1/24) 
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Resilience is something you can develop, especially when you find others for support, seek fulfillment beyond yourself and avoid trapping yourself in a victim mindset, writes LaRae Quy. "When you talk out your fears and concerns, you'll find that people who appear to exude the outward appearance of confidence and success often have the same fears and concerns that you do," Quy writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (1/19) 
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Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement
The STEM Diaries, a collection of resources intended to encourage and support girls who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM fields, are based on the experiences of the creator, says Emily Bayuk, a cybersecurity consultant. To further support students, Bayuk has also written two books, which are available on her website along with resources to help students explore STEM careers.
Full Story: Westchester Magazine online (Rye, N.Y.) (1/18) 
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Gender equity in academic medicine and other STEM fields starts with the funds and other resources included in a scientist's start-up package and cumulatively builds from there, for better or worse, writes surgeon-scientist Jennifer Rubin Grandis, distinguished professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. "The bigger the start-up package, the more a scientist can do, and generous ones can provide a springboard to an important career by leading to more discoveries, grants, publications, and recognition [while a] stingy package can stall a career before it even takes off," Rubin Grandis writes.
Full Story: STAT (tiered subscription model) (1/19) 
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Research & Innovations in STEM
Research into human blood vessel disease currently uses animals, but that could change with the development of 3D-printed vessels that accurately mimic their human counterparts. The development by researchers at Texas A&M University uses a special nano-engineered bio-ink with embedded human endothelial cells to achieve greater strength and improved printing qualities than current alternatives.
Full Story: ASME (1/25) 
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AI boils scientific language down to 2nd-grade reading level
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An artificial intelligence service called tl;dr papers translates scientific abstracts into language a 7-year-old could grasp. The results may be oversimplified, inaccurate or even comical sometimes, but they are also "a good illustration of what good science communication should look like," says Michelle Ryan, who directs the Global Institute for Women's Leadership at the Australian National University, who submitted a paper to the translator.
Full Story: The Verge (1/18) 
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SHPE News
latinXfactor: Transitioning from a tech role to management
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Join us Thursday at 12 p.m. ET, as Snehil Jayaswal from Intel shares how he managed his transition from software engineer to project manager. Participants will learn how to manage that type of transition and how to create a plan for a successful shift. Register now!
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How to succeed at winning a ScholarSHPE
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Register now to join us on Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. ET to learn more about applying for a 2022-23 scholarship, the application schedule and platform, citizenship requirements and pro tips for a winning application. Register now!
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