Women’s Disparity, Dearth in STEM

When I was 10 years old, my father put a microscope/chemistry set under our Christmas tree — not for either of my studious siblings, but for me, the nutty little gymnastic tumbler who rarely stopped long enough to observe much of anything, let alone how the world worked. Years later, when I asked him about it, he told … Continue reading Women’s Disparity, Dearth in STEM

Facing ‘Double Jeopardy’ in STEM

One hundred percent is normally associated with a perfect score in something, but a new academic study on race and gender in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is now casting that figure in a very imperfect light. University of California Hastings School of Law Professor Joan C. Williams and the Center for WorkLife Law just released the report … Continue reading Facing ‘Double Jeopardy’ in STEM

Could Gen Zers Help Solve STEM Skills Gap?

More good news for employers when it comes to Gen Zers, the next generation — those now in high school and college — soon to enter the workforce en masse. This just-released report from Chicago-based CareerBuilder says high-school seniors’ future career plans could very well clean up — or at least help bridge — that highly troublesome science, technology, … Continue reading Could Gen Zers Help Solve STEM Skills Gap?

Streamlining the Workforce Development System

You can mark July 9 down in your books: Lawmakers from both parties in Washington found something they could agree on! In case you missed it, Congress passed on Wednesday the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, which revamps the nation’s workplace development program. The bill passed in the House by an overwhelming margin, 415 to … Continue reading Streamlining the Workforce Development System

Building Leadership, Other Big Goals into Your System

The top companies for developing leaders build innovation and idea-sharing into their corporate systems. This, according to the seventh annual Best Companies for Leadership Study, released today by the Philadelphia-based Hay Group. (Here’s a release from Business Wire about the study, and here are the top 20 companies, with General Electric and Procter & Gamble topping the … Continue reading Building Leadership, Other Big Goals into Your System

STEM Programs’ Cultures Need to Change, Study Finds

Research companies eager to hire more female and minority scientists to their mix may want to consider these latest findings of the Bayer Facts of Science Education XV survey. In this, the 15th such survey by Bayer Corp., 413 science, technology, engingeering and mathematics department chairs were polled from the United States’ leading research universities and those that produce … Continue reading STEM Programs’ Cultures Need to Change, Study Finds

STEM Education Must Change to Stem this Tide

It appears we have a long row to hoe before we can see much-needed improvements in U.S. science and technology education — or before we can attain a much-needed and competitive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent pipeline. A recent report from the Washington-based Institute for a Competitive Workforce suggests we’re further behind the math-and-science eight-ball than we think. The study, The Case … Continue reading STEM Education Must Change to Stem this Tide