Women equal men in computing skill, but are less confident

The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.

William Wagner, Associate Professor of Accountancy & Information Systems, Villanova University • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: computing computer-science employment women stem bias quick-reads research-brief technology sexism careers confidence workplace workforce men performance gender-gap young-women

Women have disrupted research on bird song, and their findings show how diversity can improve all fields of science

For decades, scientists believed that only male birds sang. Then women entered the field and showed what their predecessors had missed.

Karan Odom, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: birds women stem wildlife ornithology gender-bias diversity birdsong womens-representation breeding gender-bias-in-academia diversity-in-science

The tech field failed a 25-year challenge to achieve gender equality by 2020 – culture change is key to getting on track

Diversifying leadership can change organizational cultures, which removes barriers to women in the tech industry and academia.

Francine Berman, Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: computer-science equality women stem technology gender-pay-gap diversity supercomputers equal-pay female-leadership womens-representation organizational-managmeent pay-gap

Better grades aren’t why more guys do STEM

Women with better grades are still less likely to major in physics, engineering, and computer science, whereas less-qualified men are jumping in, find researchers.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: education higher-education gender stem jobs science-and-technology college-students

To make STEM more diverse, change general chemistry?

STEM students from underrepresented groups consistently get lower grades in intro chemistry courses, research finds. That gap has major consequences.

James Urton-Washington • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: education chemistry stem society-and-culture college-students race-and-ethnicity

The lack of women in cybersecurity leaves the online world at greater risk

Women are underrepresented in technology fields, but especially so in cybersecurity. It's not just a matter of fairness. Women are better than men at key aspects of keeping the internet safe.

Nir Kshetri, Professor of Management, University of North Carolina – Greensboro • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cybersecurity gender women stem computer-security recruitment information-technology gender-bias hiring

Conference encourages women of color to pursue doctorates in physics

LaNell Williams wants to encourage more women of color to pursue doctorate degrees in fields such as physics. To help make that happen, she founded the Women+ of Color Project, which last week hosted a three-day workshop that invited 20 African American, Latinx, and Native American women interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field to Harvard.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Oct. 7, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  phd  harvard  science  latinx  women  native-american  african-american  doctorate  graduate  graduate-school  lanell-williams  stem  williams  women-of-color

Adjust your language to encourage kids in science

Telling children to "be a scientist" can backfire. There's a better way to say it, research finds.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: education language science stem society-and-culture identity

U.S. computer science students are crushing it

US computer science students beat those in India, China, and Russia when competing head-to-head, a new study shows.

Alex Shashkevich-Stanford • futurity
March 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: china higher-education stem india russia united-states computers science-and-technology college-students

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