Tuesday — June 25, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, the University of Hawai’i announces it will be the presenting sponsor for the 2019 SACNAS National Diversity Conference, former NASA astronaut José Hernández spoke to the students at the University of the Pacific’s “Reach for the Stars” STEM summer academy, Rider University invites community college students to a free summer institute to get a preview of STEM and scholarships at Rider, and the University of Louisville lands NSF grant to help train area STEM teachers.

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Diversity in STEM

UH partners with SACNAS conference to help achieve true diversity in STEM (University of Hawai’i) 
The University of Hawai’i will be the Presenting Sponsor for 2019 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference. UH will support the convening of more than 4,000 STEM professionals, scientists, engineers and college students at the Hawai’i Convention Center from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2019 for the country’s largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event. The conference is produced and hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), an inclusive organization with over 45 years of experience of fostering the success underrepresented minorities in STEM.


Head to D.C., not Utah, to use your STEM degree (bizwomen) 
Washington, D.C. is leading the way in narrowing the gender gap between STEM workers, a new study found. According to research by Typing.com, the nation’s capital had a gap of just 13.8 percent between the percentage of men and women working in science, technology, engineering and math in 2017, followed by geographically nearby but statistically far behind Maryland at 38 percent. 

Summer of STEM

UMaine Hutchinson offers STEM research college course tuition-free to high school students (Waldo Village Soup) 
An innovative three-week STEM research course for high school students is being offered June 24 – July 12 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The tuition-free course, part of the UMaine Aspirations Program, will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. – noon. High school students will earn three college credits upon successful completion of the course. Introduction to Integrated Science and Career Exploration (INT 188) is an early college lab course designed to introduce high school students to higher education and careers in STEM.

Former NASA astronaut shares his secrets to success at new Oak Park summer STEM academy (Sacramento Bee) 
A new STEM program just opened for the summer in Oak Park. And it’s astronaut-recommended. Former astronaut and American engineer José Hernández spoke Monday at the inaugural ceremony of the University of the Pacific’s “Reach for the Stars” STEMsummer academy, which is expanding to Oak Park after nearly a decade of successful STEM initiatives in Stockton. The academy in Oak Park was founded in partnership with the Sacramento City Unified School District and the Sacramento Municipality Utility District


Rider University STEM Summer Institute: academic experience for community college students (Mercer County Community News) 
Community college students who want to pursue a STEM-related major at a four-year institution can preview the experience and gain firsthand knowledge of what to expect during Rider University’s STEM Summer Institute from July 25 to 28. There is no cost to attend the three-day residential program, and all meals are covered as part of the experience. Additionally, Rider University says all participants who complete the STEM Summer Institute will receive an additional $2,000 scholarship to Rider 

Higher Education

Microsoft gives more than $1.25 million to UW-Milwaukee to support smart technology systems (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) 
Microsoft Corp. and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee announced a new partnership Monday to bolster the school’s research and innovations in the burgeoning world of smart technology. The more than $1 million gift will go to UWM’s Connected Systems Institute, which launched in November 2017 with a $1.7 million investment from Rockwell Automation. The partnership also aims to build opportunities for Microsoft employees to work with faculty and students at UWM to support research, innovation and training around smart devices.

Ford’s Argo AI Invests $15 Million For Robocar Research Center At Carnegie Mellon (Forbes) 
Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle tech company, is investing $15 million to establish a Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research at Carnegie Mellon University to improve self-driving technology. The grant is for five years. The Autonomous Vehicle Research center will focus on improving sensors’ perception and algorithms designed to improve safety and reliability in a range of conditions including winter weather, especially snow, and construction zones.


Scorpion venom compounds discovered that kill staph and tuberculosis bacteria (Stanford) 
It sounds like a magic potion straight out of a science-fiction novel: Two color-shifting compounds from a substance so rare it’s estimated to cost $39 million per gallon could help kill stubborn bacterial infections. But this isn’t science fiction. The substance is venom, and it comes from a Mexican scorpion that’s roughly the size and color of a peanut shell. As a Stanford News story explains, researchers discovered this scorpion’s venom contains two color-changing compounds that can kill the bacteria responsible for staphylococcus and drug-resistant tuberculosis.

U of L lands grant to boost JCPS STEM programs (Louisville Business First) 
The University of Louisville landed a $600,000 award from the National Science Foundation to create a new site for educating select Jefferson County Public School Science teachers. Under the NSF’s Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering program, 30 JCPS science teachers will spend six weeks during the summer in an immersive professional development program with some of U of L’s top researchers in energy science. 

K-12 Education

OKCPS works to place new, cutting-edge STEM centers in all elementary schools (FOX Oklahoma City) 
Oklahoma City Public Schools is working to place new, cutting-edge STEMCenters in all of its elementary schools. According to a release, the centers would provide hands-on, exploratory learning environments for students to help them reach their full potential in STEM. The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is still seeking partners to help place the centers in all 33 elementary schools.

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