Did you know that last year, only 20 percent of Harvard undergraduates majored in the humanities -- compared with 36 percent in 1954? Last week the American Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, responding to a request from Congress, published a report calling for increased recognition and support for the humanities. “The Heart of the Matter” states three goals that, taken by themselves, might be indistinguishable from those found in the 2007 National Academies report, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm,” which called for the United States to increase its focus on STEM education, research, and innovation: educate Americans with 21st-century skills; 2) foster innovation and competitiveness; and prepare leaders for a global, digital society. However, it’s the addendum to those goals that sets the tone for the report: “These goals cannot be achieved by science alone.”
Did you know that UK-based (and Sequoia Capital-funded) startup Songkick offers its male employees nine months of paternity leave? Though the legal requirement for parental leave in the UK is two weeks, Songkick now offers six weeks of paid leave and up to 46 additional weeks (the same as its maternity leave plan.)
Thanks to all of you who joined us for our "Boulder <3s Women in Tech" event at Boulder Startup Week today! What a great conversation we had about culture, startups, unconscious bias, and getting more women into technology roles - you packed the house and you asked great questions.
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.