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September 2019 NewsDigest

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News Digest is a GWIS periodical highlighting published news and entertainment of interest to women in science.
A report card of women's equality in STEM was filled with low grades. A new study evaluated the gender equality in STEM at over 500 academic institutions across 38 countries. Dr. Whitney Beeler of the University of Michigan, the lead author of the study, says “Women are well-represented among student population, suggesting that the recruitment of women in STEM and academia more generally is going well. Unfortunately, it appear that the pipeline is leaking.” Bustle
How does plastic pollute the Ganga? An all-women scientists' expedition is looking for answers. Over the summer, an all-female team of scientists and engineers conducted an expedition to trace how plastic waste travels along the Ganges River to the ocean. The Ganges is one of the ten rivers that contributes to ninety percent of the plastic that reaches the ocean. The findings of the expedition will hopefully inform pollution management practices along the Ganges. The Wire
A 24-year-old entrepreneur was bored in science class - so she started this company. After completing her Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Chile, Komal Dadlani concluded she was disappointed that her classes were very theoretical and not very engaging. Dadlani decided to make STEM learning more accessible and fun for students like her across Latin America through her startup called Lab4U. The company teaches physics, chemistry and biology concepts through experiments conducted from a smartphone or tablet app. CNBC
U.S. women do not feel encouraged to pursue STEM careers. Emerson, a technology and engineering firm, recently released a study that found that two out of three U.S. women have not been encouraged to pursue a STEM career. Kathy Button, Emerson senior vice president, says, “Empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds with the tools necessary to thrive in STEM is a crucial step in solving the growing talent gap across several key industries.” Hydro Review
All-girls STEM camps are under fire for excluding boys, but are they even helpful for girls? Over the last few years, several universities have launched all-girls camps in order to encourage girls and women to enter STEM fields. However, these camps are coming under fire for discriminating boys. Some have even begun to question whether these camps are helping young girls in STEM, as promoting gender segregation may in fact exacerbate the problem. Forbes
Why scientist Dr. Jaye Gardiner draws comics to encourage diversity in STEM fields. Dr. Jaye Gardiner is interviewed about her research and creation of JKX Comics. Gardiner currently studies pancreatic cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center as a postdoctoral researcher. She also cofounded JKX Comics, which promotes diversity in STEM fields. Gardiner was recently named a AAAS IF/THEN ambassador, which supports women in STEM.
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