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Archive for July 2014

Brain Gains: Women getting smarter faster than men

A European study from 13 countries shows that women are catching up to men and outpacing them in some areas of cognitive development. Women are on average, better at men in episodic memory, the ability to remember and retell experiences and facts. The gap between men and women in numerical abilities is also decreasing. While…

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22 States Committed to Mentoring 140,000 Girls in STEM Skills

This week, the National Girls Collaborative Project will announce over 100,000 mentor commitments across 22 states. This is part of the Million Women Mentors initiative, whose goal is to attract 1 million STEM mentors for girls and women over the next 4 years. Iowa’s Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds has been a leader in gathering the…

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Pinterest ahead of other tech firms in hiring women

Pinterest released it’s employment diversity statistics yesterday, and while the majority of its employees are male, and white or Asian, women hold 21% of their technology jobs. That more two times as much than Twitter and more than any other tech firm that has released its numbers. Women also hold more than one-third membership in…

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Thermal Materials Drive Professional Apparel Line

At an early age, Gihan Amarasiriwardena was fascinated by performance materials. Living in the American Northeast, he experienced vast weather changes, which required different types of outdoor gear. As a result, he turned to making his own gear. As a teenager, Amarasiriwardena along with his fellow boyscout pals, would explore construction sites and take home…

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Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

Only 18 percent of Computer Science majors are women, but a few colleges have made changes to attract more women to the field. Carnegie Mellon, University of Washington and Harvey Mudd all have between 30-40% female computer science majors. These school use methods such as providing training to high school teachers to teach computer science,…

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How not to attract women to coding: Make Tech Pink

17 year old Abby Wheat enjoys math patterns, but lately has seen a pattern she does not like. College engineering program pitches and websites were increasingly becoming pink, purple and more flowery and including terms like “web diva”.  “It seems so degrading,” Wheat said. “If you’re a girl interested in building websites, you’re a ‘web…

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Agnes Clerke Victorian Astronomer

Agnes Clerke, (1842-1907) was one of a handful of Victorian female astronomers in London.  She was also a writer, who was interested in the history of astronomy.  Her first book, published in 1885 “A Popular History of Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century” provided a picture of the current state of astronomy, of which was last…

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The Science Behind Alien Contact and “Earth to Echo”

The movie Earth to Echo, opening this week, is a movie in the alien genre similar to the beloved  ET.  The plot revolves around a group of kids who receive strange signals on their cell phones, which they track down belonging to an alien named Echo. Seth Shostak is a senior astronomer at the SETI…

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Physics Professor Explores Where Science Meets Soccer

Lynchburg College physics professor Eric Groff is an expert on soccer ball aerodynamics. Goff was an aspiring baseball player, but upon realization that the best he could hope for were the minor leagues, changed his focus to science. He was inspired to combine sports and science by two undergraduate students. One student proposed a project…

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