Ivy League Decision Day this year was one week ago.
Naturally, most of the day, spirits ran high. My friends fell into one of two categories: the ignoramus or the anxiety case. One could choose to ignore the impending decision, or (and this seems a less happy alternative) choose to debate their options back and forth. Despite our best efforts when the decision hour arrived, we received emails and logged into college websites and read that letter, that letter that determined our future.
If kids are the innovators of the future, then what tools should we be teaching them so they can grow up to create great things? According to one group, the answer is “design thinking.” An industrial design studio and a New York City grade school have cooperated to teach middle school kids creativity and problem-solving skills in the context of real-world challenges, with a curriculum that’s implemented across subjects – from math to art to social studies.
Did you know that women rank their relationship with their boss as the most important factor in whether they stay at a company? A recent survey of women in global finance found that a supervisor’s attitude was the most important criterion for how women perceived their workplace, followed by salary, and the existence of female role models.
Did you know that stereotype threat applies to women and entrepreneurship, causing many women either to not even consider starting their own companies or to consider themselves incapable of doing it? Research from SUNY Binghamton found presented three groups of business students with three different sets of “facts” about entrepreneurship. The first group was told that entrepreneurship could be best taught through business education.
Twenty regional winners were recognized, and one national winner who is from Oregon also was honored. In addition NCWIT presented two National Educator Awards to Oregon teachers who have demonstrated strong, positive involvement in encouraging their female computer science students.
Last week my high school computer science teacher, Baker Franke, and I spoke on Capitol Hill about the importance of computer science in the K-12 curriculum. Our testimony was part of the Computing in the Core initiative, which seeks to strengthen K-12 computing education as a core discipline for all 21st-century students.
I was one of the lucky ones who got started early in computing, and it has significantly affected my life for the better. I'm currently a sophmore at Brown University, studying computer science. This is the transcript of what I said on Capitol Hill.
Many of you probably took note of our own Jane Margolis being interviewed in The New York Times a few weeks ago for an article on the dearth of women among Wikipedia editors. In the weeks since, it seems the topic of women in open source generally has gained some traction.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported on new findings that show a $16,819 pay gap between male and female doctors. According to the study, this discrepancy exists even when researchers controlled for factors like specialty, practice type, and the number of hours worked. But does that mean it’s discrimination, causing the gap?