Female Representation in Cyber Industry Remains Stagnant (Security Magazine)

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According to new research from the Center for Cyber Safety and Education (the Center) and the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF), women comprise only 11 percent of the information security workforce a number that has remained steady since 2013. The study also found that women in cybersecurity have higher levels of education than men, …


Pillsbury Takes Support for Women in STEM to Capitol Hill (Pillsbury Law)

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Today on Capitol Hill, 18 senators will join representatives from top companies to celebrate Women’s History Month and recognize the success of the STEMconnector’s Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative. Pillsbury Real Estate partner and Chair Emeritus Jim Rishwain will introduce Senator Kamala Harris, who is slated to speak at the event. Additionally, as a key sponsor of MWM and the …


Why are hundreds of female meteorologists all wearing the same dress on Pi Day? (AccuWeather)

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Hundreds of female meteorologists are taking part in a nationwide campaign to celebrate women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields on March 14, also known as Pi Day. With the scientific significance of the date, which mirrors 3.14, female meteorologists will be wearing the same dress in a variety of colors, including AccuWeather’s team of female broadcasters. In …


Girl Scouts get exposed to STEM through partnership with Westar Energy (Topeka Capital-Journal)

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Donning safety glasses, a group of Girl Scouts looked on eagerly Tuesday as film-canister sized rockets launched into the air during a Westar Energy event that encouraged girls to become interested in STEM fields. Forty Girl Scouts from northeast Kansas northwest Missouri and 20 Westar employees took part in the “Spark” event, held at the company’s Professional Development Center. “It …


New Program Will Recognize Indiana’s Elite STEM Students (Eagle Country Online)

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Indiana high school students can now apply to win a spot on Governor Eric Holcomb’s STEM Team. Governor Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced Monday a new program to highlight Indiana’s elite high school students for their work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program will honor four high school students for their performance …


BRCP wins $150,000 grant to launch STEM program (The Shelbyville News)

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Starting in the fall, students in Shelby County will have access to “Sim Man” and a host of other high-tech educational tools. Fall is when Blue River Career Programs, 801 S. Joseph St., plans to begin its new STEM program. On Tuesday, BRCP’s board of directors voted to accept a $150,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education to fund the new courses. …


New mobile STEM lab to tour Maryland schools (WTOP)

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Rockville-based nonprofit MdBio Foundation has a brand new mobile science laboratory that will tour local schools to raise student interest in STEM careers. MdBio said the trailer, manufactured by Triune Specialty Trailers, is the country’s largest and most advanced mobile science laboratory. Called the Mobile eXploration Lab, or MXLab, it will travel throughout Maryland to deliver hands-on science, technology, engineering …


2017 Nominations Now Open for the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards (U.S. Department of Energy)

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The U.S. C3E Awards recognize outstanding mid-career women who are advancing clean, renewable sources of energy, related technologies, or clean energy policy. Each winner will receive $8,000 and national recognition at the C3E Symposium in November. Awards honor mid-career leadership and achievement in 8 categories: Advocacy, Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Government, International, Law & Finance, and Research.


Grant boosts STEM research opportunities for women (bizwomen)

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The University of Dayton has won a national grant to boost undergraduate STEM research opportunities for women. A $201,600 grant from the national Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation will provide additional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate research opportunities for women at UD, according to a press release from the university. The grant will support …


Bend Science Center closer to new building at OSU-Cascades (Bend Bulletin)

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The Bend Science Station is one step closer to building a new facility on the OSU-Cascades campus in southwest Bend. With a recent $400,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the science education nonprofit has raised $1.85 million of its $2.3 million goal, up from the $2.1 million goal the science station publicized in summer 2016. The increased estimate …


COD to Host Second Annual STEM-CON April 29 (Daily Herald)

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College of DuPage will host its second annual STEM-CON, a free, fun interactive event celebrating science, technology, engineering and math, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. This event focuses on family-friendly, hands-on activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This event is free …


A Shared Belief: Washington Voters Overwhelmingly Support STEM in Schools (KOMO News)

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According to the statewide survey commissioned by nonprofit Washington STEM and executed by research consultancy Strategies 360, 94% of Washington voters believe every child should have access to a high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math education. Furthermore, 83% of respondents feel that proving high-quality STEM education is a necessary part of the state’s obligation to provide a basic education. For …


The key to life on Mars could be an institution dedicated to global potato research (Quartz)

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Before it can send astronauts to Mars, NASA needs to figure out how to feed them there. To work that out, the US space agency teamed up with a research group in Peru focused exclusively on spud research. The International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym, CIP), is dedicated to understanding how tubers like potatoes can grow and eventually …


Mayor Faulconer Announces First Science Education Program in All City Libraries (San Diego Voice)

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The San Diego Public Library today announced a new education initiative that offers children in every community of San Diego the opportunity to learn about science and the ecosystem in a series of programs focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) subjects. Classes and workshops will be offered during March, April and May at the San Diego Central …


Middlesex Community College awarded substantial grant for STEM programs (Wicked Local Bedford)

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The computer labs at Middlesex Community College will see a boost in technology thanks to a near $500,000 grant the college received from the state. The Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant was awarded to MCC March 9. The grant is worth $489,750 and is part of $11.8 million awarded to 32 different community colleges, vocational schools and public high schools as …


Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government (Washington Post)

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President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a Washington Post analysis has found. The vacancies in the 46 Senate-confirmed posts range from the president’s science adviser, to the administrators of NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to the chairman …


Utah Tech Council gets $4 million for job expansion (Deseret News)

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When it comes to high-tech job creation, Utah is crushing the competition on a scale that’s outsized for a state with a population that only recently broke the 3 million mark, but along with this success has come an enormous challenge — keeping up with it. Despite Utah’s eight state colleges and universities graduating almost 3,000 computer science and engineering …


Manufacturing Engineering Technology Options Added to Education Choices (St. Joseph News-Press)

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To help the region’s manufacturing sector meet its workforce needs, Missouri Western State University has added two new options to its two-year Associate of Applied Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. Students can enroll in the precision machining and the instrumentation and automation programs beginning this fall. “These programs meet an identified need for mid-level technicians in the region’s growing …


New Initiative Advances Agriculture Technology Education (UC Merced)

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As agriculture and food production achieve greater high-tech heights and resources such as water become more scarce, the country will increasingly depend on innovative solutions from its brightest minds. A new initiative at UC Merced aims to poise today’s students at the leading edge of the nexus of food, energy and water (FEW) to help create answers to the future’s most …


Amazon donates $15K to Polytech robotics program (Delaware State News)

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As the world is veering farther away from manual labor and to a workforce largely dependent on complex robotic technology, numerous companies are utilizing their resources to assist technology and engineering  programs across the nation. Amazon furthered its efforts in that campaign last week with a second donation to Polytech High School’s robotics program, bringing the company’s investment to help …