Did you know that when Google crunched the data on its employees’ performance metrics, it found that the best workers were not those who had the highest SAT scores or GPAs, nor the ones who “fit” neatly into the company’s rules and processes? Did you know that people who fill out online job applications with an after-market browser that they installed themselves, rather than the browser pre-loaded onto their computer, perform better and change jobs less frequently?
We are terribly sad today to mourn the loss of David Notkin: professor of computer science at the University of Washington, father, colleague, mentor, researcher, friend, and enthusiastic champion of underrepresented groups in computing and technology.
NCWIT is pleased to announce that on Monday, April 22, two recipients of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing will be in Washington, D.C. to attend the White House Science Fair, hosted by President Obama. Jasmine Johnson, 18, from Conyers, Georgia, is a senior at the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology; and Rian Walker, 17, is a senior at Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Did you know that a recent study found that women who are strong in both verbal and mathematical skills tend to select non-STEM occupations? Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education examined data and survey responses from 1,490 college-bound American students, including their SAT scores, motivational beliefs and values, and occupations at age 33. They found that students with high scores in both math and verbal abilities—a group that contained more women than men—were less likely to have chosen a STEM occupation than those who had “moderate” verbal abilities.
Computing is an essential part of the global economy, and training in this critical field prepares students for careers in a variety of sectors. In fact the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there will be 1.4 million computing-related job openings by 2020.
Did you know that, according to a recent study in the American Sociological Review, more than half of all employers interviewed ranked cultural fit as the most important criterion during job interviews? Cultural fit -- the perception that a candidate shares similar hobbies, background, or other characteristics with those already working at the organization -- has become a buzzword lately, particularly among startups where a new employee can represent 10% of the company’s workforce. Having the required technical skills is important, of course, but so is being able to “fit in” within a small company environment.
Did you know about the term “emotional labor”? A recent blog post from entrepreneur Lauren Bacon, exploring the “dynamics -- and economics -- that result from having male-dominated tech departments and women managing non-technical work,” looks at the emotional labor that women take on in the technical workplace.
Did you know about the “#1reasonwhy” hashtag on Twitter? Back in November, a woman video game programmer responded to a Twitter question about why there aren’t more women in the industry by citing a few examples of bias with the “#1reasonwhy” hashtag. Women (and men) in game development chimed in with hundreds of examples of hostile environments, bias, and even misogyny, filed under the hashtag, and the media jumped on the story.
How a Male CEO’s Offspring Affect His Employees’ Pay
Did you know than when a company’s male CEO becomes a father, particularly if his first-born is a girl, his employees’ pay goes up? New research studying 18,000 male CEOs in Denmark found that when a male chief executive had a baby, particularly if it was a daughter, employee wages rose (particularly female employee wages): male employees’ salaries went up .6%, and female employees’ salaries went up 1.1%. Even when the CEO had a son (which, interestingly, was tied to shrinking salaries among employees,) female employees’ salaries shrank less. And when the executive’s first child was a son, female employees’ salaries actually went up by .8%.