STEM in the News: March 5, 2013

March 4, 2013

As the D.C. area braces for what may or may not be an incredible late-in-season storm, we bring you all the STEM news that's fit to clip. 

State Councils Propel STEM Education, EdWeek

Education, like politics, is local, and many STEM initiatives have recently emerged from states. EdWeek takes a look at how state initiatives are changing the on-the-ground STEM game. See if your state is included. 

'An Angry Black Woman's Rant on the Future of STEM Education,' TedxBaltimore

Professor Roni Ellington of Morgan State University spoke last week at the TedxBaltimore conference on diversity in STEM education. A mathematician with a PhD in math education, her work focuses on how marginalized students persist and succeed in STEM fields. Take 10 minutes to listen to her ideas on how to persuade students to pursue 'hard' subjects and how to empower teachers and provide students with agency in STEM education. 

From C++ to She++, Huffington Post

The shortage of women in technology is well-documented, and often a concern for those looking forward in the field. But as columnist Sejal Hathi, the problem of women in male-dominated fields "isn't just a women's issue: it is a national security issue, a human right's issue, [a] generation's shared issue." She highlights an important concern: We must view women's success in STEM communally in order to move forward. 

The PhD Bust: America's Awful Market for Young Scientists -- in 7 Charts, The Atlantic

The title of this post is devastatingly clear: It's tough to get a job as a young, newly minted PhD. While within STEM the outlook has been grim in life sciences for a while, even formerly safe fields like engineering are beginning to take a hit as well. 

Should We Give Visas to Immigrants Who Create Startups? 

The question of immigration and business innovation has been in front of Congress for a while. Last year, for instance, the House voted on a STEM visa bill, and President Obama has included it in his immigration-reform bill. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran recently proposed extending a path to citizenship to job creators, or any immigrant who created a startup with capitol investments over $100,000 and employed at least two people. While not directly STEM-related, it's not a stretch to imagine that many of these startups and jobs would focus on technological innovation.