News Roundup


There's been a flurry of interesting news nuggets lately, so below we've rounded up several of them that we don't want you to miss, grouped loosely by topic.

K-12 Education

  • Tell the parents! Although you’ve known it for a while, The Wall Street Journalis now reporting about computer science and engineering being among the best-paying jobs for college grads.
  • The National Academy of Sciences thinks it would be a good idea to establish national standards for teaching engineering in K-12 schools, but that it might prove to be "too difficult."
  • Here's a nice profile of several U.S. organizations hoping to turn more young people from tech consumers into tech innovators.

Higher Education

  • We love this! MIT is “Teaching Real World Programming” by encouraging students to find their personal “coding style”, and then recruiting volunteers from the tech community to review the students’ code.
  • Arizona State University is celebrating the success of its WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) mentoring program, as well as the launch of CareerWISE, an NSF-sponsored, online “resilience-training” program for graduate women students in STEM fields.
  • Stanford University’s School of Medicine has won a $2 million NIH grant to help female faculty overcome stereotype threat.
  • Two members of Spelman’s Spelbots team have won a $10K scholarship from AT&T for their iPhone app (congrats!)


  • A survey of corporate diversity practices among S&P100 companies finds that, despite increased public commitment to gender and ethnic diversity, board and C-level diversity has essentially remained flat; and that for the many companies who didn’t share workforce data, “no disclosure means no accountability”.
  • The New York Times looks at how changing the American workplace for women really requires changing it for men, too.
  • A McKinsey survey finds that although 72 percent of respondents surveyed think there is a direct connection between  a company’s gender diversity and its financial success, companies that consider it one of their top three agenda items are more likely to have more of it.
  • Most Fortune 500 female CEOs are mothers, it turns out, but many of them have non-fast-track husbands.


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