Former Honeywell Defense & Space Chief Carey Smith Joins Parsons as Federal Unit Head (GovConWire)

by Tommy Cornelis


Carey Smith, former president of Honeywell‘s (NYSE: HON) defense and space business, has joined Parsons Corp. as president of the Pasadena, Calif.-based engineering and infrastructure services contractor’s U.S. federal business unit. Parsons said Tuesday Tom Roell will return to his full-time post as vice chairman and chief risk adviser after three months as interim federal leader upon the departure of ...

Diversity in STEM Promoting Inclusion in STEM, One Astrophysics Research Project at a Time (Scientific American)

by Tommy Cornelis


Scientists pride themselves on their objectivity. It’s a fundamental tenet of scientific logic, that whatever we study, it must be carried out in a matter of fact way, immune to our own human flaws. This has lead to the myth of the “meritocracy”: that the best scientists are simply the folks who design the best experiments, who accomplish the most, ...

The tech that will feed the world (TechCrunch)

by Tommy Cornelis


Twenty years from now, the most important tool for putting food on your table won’t be a harvester, combine or a plow. It will be a piece of software. Agriculture is in the process of transitioning into a fully high-tech enterprise. This is a long-overdue revolution in the way things have been done for centuries. To put it in perspective, ...

Gov. Baker wants Mass. high schoolers in paid STEM internships (WFXT)

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Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s efforts to train workers for STEM jobs is “clearly not enough,” and wants high schoolers to start paid internships with local companies. Baker said his officer will get to work on putting high schoolers to work in STEM-related companies all over Massachusetts. "We are in a very unique and unusual position here. We graduate ...

Lt. Gov. Reynolds praises computer science education, urges students to work in Iowa (The Gazette)

by brian jackson


Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds met with several high school students enrolled in computer science courses Tuesday, urging them to help close the skills gap between the workforce and vocational job needs. “But most of all,” she said, “stay in Iowa.” Reynolds met with students and administrators from Kirkwood Community College and University of Iowa at the Kirkwood Regional Center in ...

Harmony Space wins top prize at MIT Hacking Arts for music learning app that feels like Pokémon GO (TechCrunch)

by brian jackson


In Boston this weekend, software developers, hardware engineers, artists and entrepreneurs gathered for the Hacking Arts 2016 conference and hackathon at MIT. Hackathons are typcially hosted by corporations or schools to promote certain technologies, drum up new product ideas, and identify potential recruits. But the Hacking Arts event calls on participants to try something a bit more grandiose. Interdisciplinary teams ...

The Makers Nation Shares Data from 100 Makerspaces (and You Can Participate, Too!) (MAKE)

by brian jackson


While makerspaces continue to be community hubs for creativity and innovation, many of them are struggling to find a sustainable business model, attract new members, and manage their day-to-day operations. The State of Makerspaces survey, conducted by The Makers Nation, tracks potential progress, highlights successful models, and gets a better understanding of how the members of these spaces are evolving ...


Apple expands Hour of Code program to a full week of sessions (Mashable)

by brian jackson


You can code all week if you want to. Apple is doubling down on its commitment to Hour of Code, expanding what was originally a single day devoted to hour-long coding classes in its 487 retail stores around the world to a full week of training opportunities. The expansion aligns with Computer Science Week on Dec. 5-11. This is the ...

How General Assembly Is Helping Companies Increase Diversity (Fast Company)

by brian jackson


It’s no secret that the technology sector has a diversity problem. Even companies that have publicly pledged to diversify their workforces have struggled to do so: In July, Facebook revealed that just 4% of its employees were Hispanic and 2% black, unchanged from the previous year. The social network blamed the issue on a lack of available talent—a claim that ...

Female Programmers Make Nearly 30% Less Than Their Male Counterparts (Fortune)

by Tommy Cornelis


Not only does Silicon Valley have a notable lack of women, but many of the women who do have job titles like computer programmer and software architect make far less than the men with those jobs, according to a new analysis by career review site Glassdoor. The analysis, which was based on 505,000 salaries shared by full-time U.S. employees on ...

PepsiCo And 21st Century Fox Announce “The Search For Hidden Figures” Contest To Discover Emerging Female Visionaries In STEM (Charleston Chronicle)

by Tommy Cornelis


PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox, in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), announces "The Search for Hidden Figures" – a new scholarship contest designed to help uncover the next generation of female leaders in [STEM]. The program is inspired by the highly-anticipated feature film "Hidden Figures", in theaters nationwide on January 6, 2017, produced by Pharrell Williams, ...

State comes together to improve STEM programs (Centre Daily Times)

by Tommy Cornelis


State comes together to improve STEM programs (Centre Daily Times) Pedro Rivera called Centre County the “epicenter” for science education defined by STEM — science, technology, engineering and math. The state Department of Education secretary spoke to about 50 people Tuesday morning at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center during a meeting with the state STEM committee and stakeholders …


Cal Ripkin supports STEM education in the Susquehanna Valley (WGAL)

by Tommy Cornelis


Cal Ripkin supports STEM education in the Susquehanna Valley (WGAL) Baseball great Cal Ripkin is known for his charitable work. His family foundation has helped many children, including some right here in the Susquehanna Valley! News 8’s education reporter Anne Shannon was there as Ripkin cut the ribbon for the new “MAST” STEM Technology Center at Melrose Elementary School in …


3 Kansas students win WSU’s Klose Scholarship in math, science education (The Wichita Eagle)

by Tommy Cornelis


3 Kansas students win WSU’s Klose Scholarship in math, science education (The Wichita Eagle) Three Kansas high school seniors who plan to become math or science teachers have been awarded the Klose Scholarship from Wichita State University’s College of Education. The recipients are Callie Lemon, McPherson High School; Matthew Miller, Blue Valley North High School; and Marina Pebley, Basehor-Linwood High …


Disrupting the world of science publishing (TechCrunch)

by Tommy Cornelis


Disrupting the world of science publishing (TechCrunch) Every scientist wants his or her paper to appear in Cell, Nature or Science. In today’s scientific world, being associated with such publications is synonymous with prestige and excellence, opening doors to top positions and coveted awards. Nonetheless, these journals are typically known to have an acceptance rate of 5-10 percent, meaning that …



Grant will support minorities in STEM (The Temple News)

by brian jackson


The National Science Foundation funded a $1 million Emerging STEM Scholars grant for Temple. The program will support academically advanced and economically disadvantaged students studying [STEM]. The grant will support between 48 and 60 students at Temple and investigators will follow them from their freshman year to graduation to determine how peer, graduate student and faculty mentoring affects students’ abilities ...

Higher Education

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Loyola receives $2 million gift from Mary Hyman and The Sigmund M. Hyman Foundation to create sciences and education scholarships (Loyola University-Maryland)


Higher Education

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Loyola receives $2 million gift from Mary Hyman and The Sigmund M. Hyman Foundation to create sciences and education scholarships (Loyola University-Maryland)