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Why we should care that 4 out of 5 software developers in Seattle are male

May 24, 2018

If these high-paying jobs are dominated by men, it’s not a stretch to say that the earning potential between men and women will continue to widen if we don’t start making changes now. One part of the problem is that fewer women get technical jobs, even if they work at a technology company.

HughesNet® and 4-H Introduce STEM Lab to Inspire Next Generation of Science and Tech Leaders

May 24, 2018

HughesNet and National 4-H Council announce the launch of STEM Lab to inspire the next generation of scientists. A free resource to parents and teachers, STEM Lab is an online hub offering fun, hands-on STEM activities developed by top public universities and 4-H groups to spark kids' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

4 digital tools for teacher mentors

May 24, 2018

These technologies making mentoring first-year teachers a smoother, more efficient, and beneficial process. They support better communicating, demonstrating and critiquing, both synchronously and asynchronously.

Ties between oral vocabulary and STEM difficulties to be investigated

May 23, 2018

Young children with early vocabulary difficulties in turn often have difficulty with reading during the primary grades. Penn State researchers will investigate if these oral vocabulary difficulties also lead to math and sciences difficulties throughout elementary school in a three-year, $1.5 million National Science Foundation-funded research project.

New Report Tackles Challenges, Stigmas, & Myths Related to STEM/STEAM Learning & Play

May 22, 2018

"Many toys and children's products on the market are labeled as being STEM- or STEAM-focused, but in reality, there is no universally accepted system for understanding what this label means," said Ken Seiter, executive vice president of marketing communications at The Toy Association. "That's why The Toy Association has embarked on a multi-year undertaking to bring more clarity to STEM/STEAM.

New Wi-Fi Standard Will Boost Campus Connection Speeds

May 21, 2018

802.11ax will be standard within the next few years. Intel and other manufacturers have announced that they’ll have 802.11ax chipsets ready in 2018, and several sources, including PCWorld, say we should start seeing 802.11ax in new devices by 2019, with full implementation a few years after that.

Bridging the Skills Gap in the Manufacturing Industry

May 20, 2018

The specific roles expected to feel the talent shortage most acutely are in skilled production, such as machinists, operators and technicians, which together amounts to more than 50 percent of the manufacturing workforce.  Design engineers are another job role critical to manufacturing where a lack of workers will have a detrimental effect on the industry, specifically in the development of new products and manufacturing processes.

Why one-third of American working-age men could be displaced by robots

May 20, 2018

One third of able-bodied American men between 25 and 54 could be out of job by 2050, contends the author of “The Future of Work: Robots, AI and Automation.” “We’re already at 12% of prime-aged men without jobs,” said Darrell West, vice president of the Brookings Institution think tank, at a forum in Washington, D.C. on Monday. That number has grown steadily over the past 60 years, but it could triple in the next 30 years because of new technology such as artificial intelligence and automation.

University of Michigan's Diversity Office Has an $11 Million Payroll

May 20, 2018

It is largely unclear why the University of Michigan needs such a large diversity department. Additionally, it’s unclear exactly what the department is responsible for. In a page on the university’s website entitled “Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” the department argues that they aim to make diversity and inclusion efforts a major part of the University of Michigan community.

Women face challenges, opportunities in male-heavy STEM

May 17, 2018

In 2015, women like Murphy filled 24 percent of all science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) jobs in the U.S., according to a report released in November 2017 by the Economics and Statistics Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to a January 2017 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, there were 8.6 million STEM jobs as of May 2015. This means women held approximately 2 million of those jobs, leaving the other 6.5 million STEM jobs to males.

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