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Radical authenticity: A gay, black, female CEO on why it pays to be an open book
Fast Company
Tanisha Robinson is not your average CEO. “I’m 5 foot 11, I have a fro, and I’m black; there’s no hiding that,” she says. “Then, it becomes clear very quickly that I’m gay because I like to mention that I have a wife just to see how people react.” As a black, gay woman, any one of her three identities might be perceived as an extra challenge in the business world. Tanisha Robinson But Robinson doesn’t feel that being open about who she is has been a problem, an experience shared by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out this week in a Businessweek op-ed, saying "plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me."
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Ole Miss gets $20 million grant, will build science facility
The Clarion-Ledger
The University of Mississippi will expand "Science Row" with a new facility seeded by a $20 million grant from the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation. The grant launches a university-led campaign to raise the full $100 million needed for the new building, which will occupy some 200,000 square feet and sit among a cluster of 10 other science-based facilities on the Oxford campus.
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5 things you don't need to include on your resume
Forbes
Liz Ryan's daughter is a senior in college. Not long ago she had coffee with a friend of hers who’s hunting for a part-time job. “Get six or seven applications out there fast, and one or two of the companies will call you,” advised Ryan's daughter. “It would be great if you had a few different options to choose from.” The friend’s eyes opened wide. “Wait a second,” she said. “You’re allowed to apply for more than one job at a time?”
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UCLA faculty approves diversity class requirement
Los Angeles Times
The faculty of UCLA’s largest academic unit voted by a narrow margin to require future undergraduates to take a course on ethnic, cultural, religious or gender diversity. The move came after three previous efforts had failed. Officials announced that the faculty of the UCLA College of Letters and Science voted 332 to 303, with 24 blank ballots, to start the requirement for incoming freshmen in fall 2015 and new transfer students in 2017.
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What Tim Cook's coming out could mean in the workplace
The Washington Post
"So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." And with that, Apple CEO Tim Cook, leader of perhaps the world's most admired company, head of the globe's most iconic brand and chief of one of the most valuable companies on the planet, became the first CEO in the Fortune 500 to publicly come out as gay. In an eloquent, thoughtful and powerful essay in Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook wrote that "while I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now."
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Oregon colleges work to increase diversity in science
Statesman Journal
Some Oregon colleges are working together and with universities in other states to boost diversity in biomedical research and health sciences. Portland State University recently received $24 million from the National Institutes of Health to help underrepresented students pursue careers in science. That includes Hispanic, African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander students and those with disabilities, from foster care or the low-income.
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Science teachers need training before fiery chemistry displays, panel says
TIME
After three fires in the last two months, A federal board seeking to improve safety in science classrooms recommended that teachers undergo more training before performing fiery, explosive chemical experiments beloved of high schoolers. After investigating three fires in the last two months, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board found that the teachers lacked safety training, used too much of the flammable chemicals, and did not put up see-through safety barriers between themselves and their pupils.
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Putting art in STEM
The New York Times
Engineering and art were not always completely separate disciplines. Take Leonardo da Vinci, who seamlessly combined the two. “Five hundred years ago, you couldn’t really tell the difference between artists and engineers,” said James Michael Leake, director of engineering graphics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. But education has become balkanized and the field of engineering, in particular, more specialized, complex and math- and computer-oriented. Today’s engineering majors have little room for other pursuits.
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