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October 2019 NewsDigest

Wednesday, October 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
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News Digest is a GWIS periodical highlighting published news and entertainment of interest to women in science.
New research on how we teach STEM is promising. Vanessa Thompson, an environmental economist at the University of California at Berkeley, is interviewed about her research that will impact how we teach STEM to young women. Thompson discusses the “Subject Segregated Pipeline,” which is the gender divide between women dominating life sciences and men dominating physics, computer science, and math. She has identified several solutions to breaking this divide. Forbes
Postdocs as mentors. A recent study finds that peer mentors play a much more important role than principal investigators in the development of scientific skills. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that PI lab and mentoring activities do not significantly predict the development of student skills. Instead, the involvement of peers, such as postdoctoral fellows and older graduate students within the lab has a significant impact. Inside Higher Ed

Grant creates new pathway for minority women in STEM. The National Science Foundation is providing five universities with a $2.4 million grant to equip minority women to become role models in STEM fields. These universities, located in Florida, will work with doctoral, post-doctoral, and early career minority women in STEM. WUSF News
5 ways to close the gender gap for women in STEM. A recent survey of women who work in STEM-related positions finds that overall, women in STEM are thriving. The study also finds several areas where improvements are needed. For example, 91 percent of survey respondents admitted that gender discrimination is a career obstacle. However, there are several strategies that experts propose to continue closing the gender gap for women in STEM. NBC News

Oscar winner Geena Davis and a woman with an amazing life story come to Dallas to woo girls in STEM. Geena Davis spoke at the AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador Summit hosted at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. Davis has worked for many years to improve "images of women in children's entertainment...with a very special focus on STEM fields." Dallas News
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