Wisconsin Supreme Court: Marquette Wrongly Fired Conservative Professor for Blog Post
On Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered McAdams immediate reinstatement to his post at Marquette University. “The undisputed facts show that the University breached its contract with Dr. McAdams when it suspended him for engaging in activity protected by the contract’s guarantee of academic freedom,” the court wrote in its opinion.
Financial Woes: 25 Percent of Private Universities Ran Deficits in 2017
A new financial report from Moody’s Investors Services says that 25 percent of private colleges spent more than they earned in 2017. This is despite the overall growth in tuition revenue. According to the report, smaller private colleges are facing the most serious financial difficulty.
Why science education for seniors is a boon for them - and for everyone else
The global population is aging -- it’s expected that over 21 percent of people worldwide will be over the age of 60 by the year 2050 -- but this large and growing portion of society is often left out of science outreach. Many STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach initiatives target K-12 students with the idea that our resources are best spent raising a scientifically literate and innovative next generation.
Trump Moves to End Racial Discrimination by Colleges
The “affirmative action” racial policies were discarded on Tuesday, just before Independence Day. “Such [racial] policies are outrageously wrong,” says Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), a nonprofit think tank which studies civil rights, immigration, and integration.
RoboThink lets kids build and program functional robots
Kids love to build things. Kids also love robots. That’s why Robothink, a Chicago-based company launched in 2016 by Danny Park, was created to educate kids in STEM through building and coding robots. The company's goal is to lay the foundation for kids to pursue careers in STEM-based occupations.
Study explores what makes strong science teachers
A new study shows that eighth-grade science teachers without an educational background in science are less likely to practice inquiry-oriented science instruction, a pedagogical approach that develops students' understanding of scientific concepts and engages students in hands-on science projects.
Why the Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks and Hack Computers
This weeklong Girl Scout Cyber Camp is the first in the region and among the first in the nation. Soon the badges will follow. The Girl Scouts, along with Palo Alto Networks, will be unveiling its official Cybersecurity badges for Daisy, Brownie and Junior (grades K through 5) Girl Scouts this summer. Badges for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (grades 6 to 12) will roll out in 2019.
Fostering Interest for Women and Girls in STEM and the UAS Industry
This presentation addresses the often-asked question, “Where are the women?” Susan Bickford is the owner of New England UAV, a drone consulting company based out Rochester, NH and works as the Stewardship Coordinator and GIS Specialist at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine.
Kindergarten coders: When is too early to put kids in front of screens?
Last year, Jeremy Seedorf’s 9-year-old daughter and her classmates received tablet computers from their Lancaster County school. He wouldn’t let her bring one home: “The iPads were coming, and there was nothing we could do about it.” In the Neshaminy School District, Jessica Reeder was taken aback when she discovered that her daughter had to use the internet to do her first-grade homework: “That was a little bit concerning to us.”
Girls Who Code unveils new plan for closing tech's gender gap
Girls Who Code is offering new ideas to promote their efforts to close the gender gap in the tech workforce. The new agenda includes recommendations for lawmakers and officials to help the national non-profit toward its goal of boosting the number of women in computer science and engineering fields.