March 12, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, our CEO Leslie Cruz participated in a women in tech event with pop star Robyn at the Swedish Embassy in DC this past weekend, responding Steph Curry made a shoe for girls at a young fan’s request and is using the money to fund a STEM scholarship for women, the Actuarial Foundation announces the finalists for the 2019 Modeling the Future Challenge, UT-Tyler receives an NSF grant to train STEM teachers in community colleges, and Laserfiche announces its sponsorship of the upcoming and inaugural Clippers SciFest SoCal.

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Diversity in STEM
Pop Star Robyn Empowers Girls in Tech at First International Tekla Festival (Spotify) 

You may know Swedish recording artist Robyn for her hits “Dancing On My Own” and “Missing U,” but she’s also the voice of a movement supporting young women and girls in STEM fields through her initiative, the Tekla Festival. This past weekend, Robyn took Tekla to the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC, to inspire girls to explore technology and challenge norms and stereotypes. Robyn was joined by Ann Linde, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Trade; Leslie Cruz, CEO of STEMconnector; Yamilée Toussaint Beach, Founder and CEO of STEM From Dance; Kate Rabinowitz, Reporter at the Washington Post; Aerica Shimizu Banksa, Cofounder of BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative; Tom Manatos, Vice President of Government Relations for Spotify; and Caroline Dahl, PhD, Technology Innovator, RISE and Chairman of Makers of Sweden.

Real Life STEM Superhero Used Her Powers To Build An Internship For The Future (Forbes) 
As the top engineer at Abbott, a $31 billion heath care company, Corlis Murray knows a thing or two about being a successful woman in the STEM world. But it’s not her day-to-day role managing hundreds of millions of dollars and a hundred thousand employees in more than 150 countries that has gotten her to superhero status among her peers and colleagues. Eight years ago, Corlis started a high school STEM internship program at Abbott to help give young people the same kind of unique opportunity she had been afforded as a 17-year-old.

New Volume Adds Nuance to Research on Undergraduate Women in STEM (Diverse Education) 
A new volume about the “complexity of inquiry” around undergraduate women in the fields of STEM responds to what scholars and co-editors Drs. Lara Perez-Felkner and Joy Gaston Gayles say is a need for a more in-depth understanding from scholarly, policy, practitioner and institutional research communities in order to address and eliminate gender disparities in STEM. Recently published in the journal New Directions for Institutional Research, the multi-authored volume “Advancing Higher Education Research on Undergraduate Women in STEM” builds on existing research…

Steph and Ayesha Curry Launch STEM Scholarship for Young Women (The Source) 
Steph and Ayesha Curry recently launched a girl in STEM scholarship via the Steph and Ayesha Curry Foundation. The program targets girls who are interested in STEM careers. Curry and Under Armour unveiled the new Curry 6 United We Win sneaker, which was designed by 9-year-old Riley Morrison. Morrison wrote Curry a few months back saying she wanted a pair of his signature shoes but was disappointed to learn they didn’t make them for girls. Curry said he felt uncomfortable profiting from the shoe, so he went to Under Armour with a proposal to use it for something good.

STEM Competitions

The Actuarial Foundation announces the finalists for the 2019 Modeling the Future Challenge (The Actuarial Foundation) 
The Actuarial Foundation is proud to announce the finalists in the 2019 Modeling the Future Challenge, a national scholarship competition aimed at introducing the actuarial profession to high school students. Finalists were selected from a total of 191 teams of high school juniors and seniors from across the country. This year’s Challenge was incredibly competitive with student teams working to develop mathematical models of how future cures or treatments for diseases may affect our lives.

Bosch Sponsors STEM Tech Challenge (Contractor Magazine) 
Bosch Thermotechnology sponsored the New Hampshire FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship on Saturday, February 2, at Southern New Hampshire University, demonstrating the company’s commitment to fostering STEM education initiatives that inspire future generations to innovate. FTC is based on a sports model in which teams of students in grades 7 through 12 compete against each other. Students, coaches, mentors and volunteers must develop a strategy and design, build and program their robots based on sound engineering principles 


Higher Education

Rose-Hulman STEM Education Partnership benefits Vigo County students) (MyWabashValley) 
A STEM educational partnership between Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the Vigo County School Corporation continues to produce benefits that have resulted in improved science skills for the district’s elementary and secondary school students. VCSC Deputy Superintendent Karen Goeller notes that 66.7 percent of the corporation’s fourth grade students achieved a mastery of science standards on the 2018 state test, nine points above the Indiana average.

UT Tyler Receives Grant for Higher Ed STEM Careers (Tyler Morning Telegraph) 
The University of Texas at Tyler announced that it has been awarded a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare students to teach STEM at the community-college level. UT Tyler will partner with UT Arlington and community colleges in North and East Texas to mentor STEM graduate students who are interested in joining community college faculty after graduation.

Blackbaud Welcomes Students from South Carolina HBCUs for STEM Program (Blackbaud) 
Blackbaud, a cloud software company powering social good, today will host a group of students from South Carolina historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) at the company’s world headquarters in Charleston, S.C. The students are part of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Education & Workforce Foundation’s SC HBCU STEM program, which gives students hands-on experience and exposure to STEM careers. 

STEM Events

Laserfiche to Celebrate STEM alongside the LA Clippers at Clippers SciFest SoCal (Laserfiche) 
Laserfiche—a leading global provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software—today announced its sponsorship of Clippers SciFest SoCal. The event, which is hosted by the LA Clippers and the USA Science & Engineering Festival, will take place March 22-23, and feature student exhibitions, large-scale displays of STEM in action, hands-on activities from leading STEM organizations and live demonstrations.

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