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8 ways to improve diversity in STEM
Futurity
If the effort to get more underrepresented minority students in STEM fields is like a chemistry experiment, a new study suggests that the formula isn’t yet complete. “I don’t necessarily want to say that we’ve been doing it wrong all along, it’s just that there are other ideas we can bring in,” says lead author Andrew G. Campbell, a biology professor at Brown University who develops and studies programs to recruit and retain underrepresented minority (URM) students to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
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Should you suspend your job search over the holidays?
Business 2 Community
The holidays are sufficiently busy that many jobseekers effectively put their searches on hold, from Thanksgiving through the start of January. They simply assume that employers are going to be too busy with holiday parties and end-of-the-year reporting — plus getting ready to start strong in the new year — to deal with things like hiring new talent. This couldn’t be more wrong.
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How black students tend to learn science
The Atlantic
Ryan Hynd wouldn't call it an epiphany but he doesn’t deny that the research program he joined the summer of his junior year at Georgia Tech shaped his career. “It wasn't exactly a turning point, but it was like an awakening. I definitely got an idea of what it’s like to be a mathematician.” he said. “I don’t think I stopped and told myself that this was it, but that’s when I knew there was no turning back.”
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Dean clearing Native Americans' path to increased STEM participation
Diverse
What do mythological stories from Native American tradition, ancient fossils and STEM mentoring have in common? They can all help propel Native American students to STEM careers, according to Dr. Kent Smith, dean of the recently created Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences (OHU-CHS) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Molecules for the masses: App puts chemistry at the tips of users' fingers
Phys.org
Although molecules make up everything around us, most people encounter these groups of atoms held together by chemical bonds in the pages of a textbook. They read text and see a drawing of chemical symbols or colorful circles — a one-dimensional view of the microscopic structures. Other representations have drawbacks as well: three-dimensional models are made of materials that can't replicate the rapid and continuous molecular movement. Molecules are wiggling and jiggling in a never-ending dance, but you can't see it, not even with the most powerful microscope.
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Online education, with great investment, can provide extraordinary opportunities for students and faculty
The Huffington Post
In recent months, news has emerged from universities around the country indicating that a significant level of skepticism remains about online education. Some university faculty doubt that online education offers meaningful student-teacher interaction, and argue that online courses are inferior to face-to-face learning. Still others broadly oppose collaborations with for-profit external providers.
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Buyer of James Watson's Nobel medal says he will return it
The New York Times
A Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist revealed that he was the winning bidder at the recent auction of James D. Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize and that he planned to return the medal to Dr. Watson — “the person who deserved it.” The Nobel was awarded to Dr. Watson, now 86, and two colleagues, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, for their discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA, which revealed how genetic traits are transmitted through heredity.
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How to start playing offense, not defense, in your life and career
Forbes
You’re exhausted. And the reason is that people seem more interested in giving you stuff to do than in helping you get done the stuff that’s important to you. They’re thoughtless, aren’t they? Well, maybe. But the situation is often your own fault. You’ve been mostly playing defense in life and your career. You’re responding to the agendas and the needs of people who are playing offense.
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