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Anita Borg Institute Promotes Chicago’s Women In Technology.

 January 20, 2017

The Chicago Tribune (1/19, Jackson) reports on La’Shon Anthony’s work to promote the “Chicago chapter of the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, a nonprofit focused on narrowing tech’s gender gap.” The Tribune profiles the nonprofit institute, which “focuses on the advancement of women in the field – including underrepresented minorities and LGBTQ people.”

Women Studying Civil Engineering Up Nearly Seven Percent Since 2007, UCAS Data Show.

 January 19, 2017

New Civil Engineer (UK) (1/18, McIntyre) reports UCAS data show the percent “of women starting civil engineering degrees has jumped” from 13.5 percent in 2007 to 20.3 percent in 2016. However, “the number of female students still remains below the 1,000 mark at 875 – the highest for any year in the reporting period.” Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) education and skills lead Stephanie Fernandes said, “It is welcome news to see more female students starting civil engineering degree programmes but much more needs to be done to ensure that students take up the hugely diverse and creative range of engineering jobs when they finish their studies.” Fernandes added, “Overall, the engineering profession needs to work together to get the message out that it is a great time to be an engineer: Demand far outstrips supply, salaries are rising and there are many exciting and cutting-edge career prospects for tomorrow’s engineers.”

Guest Writers Promote Presence Of Women Of Color In STEM.

 November 30, 2016

In an opinion piece for Diverse Education (11/29, Moore, Wheaton, Leggette, Kupenda), Loretta A. Moore, Deidre L. Wheaton, Evelyn J. Leggette, and Angela Mae Kupenda write on the importance of women of color in STEM fields. According to the group, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions play a key role providing communities of color “access to jobs with higher incomes for graduates in growing fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).” Moreover, “women of color faculty in STEM provide groundbreaking teaching, tireless service, and, yes, innovative scholarship.” The authors assert plans are immediately necessary “for planned mentoring and scholarly communities and networks to encourage” women of color. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has addressed the need, providing grants and awards at HBCUs to promote “an environment conducive to focusing on scholarship.” The NSF plans to continue making “valuable experiences available to more academic women of color and to broaden the community of scholars to other institutions.”

Rensselaer Looking To Increase Number Of Women In Engineering Programs.

 November 29, 2016

The Albany (NY) Business Review  (11/28, Subscription Publication) reports that there are over 1,000 female engineering undergraduates at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York for the first time ever this year, noting that Dean of Engineering Shekhar Garde “said he wants to increase that to 50 percent before 2030.” Garde “said RPI wants to change the view that STEM careers are often male-dominated.”

Female, Black Engineering Students Report Disparities At Clemson.

 November 29, 2016

The Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail  (11/26) profiles Crystal Pee, a chemical engineering student at Clemson University, who says that only 10% of her classes have had a female professor. The piece cites statistics indicating that only 26% of engineering graduates are women, noting that “women have to contend with issues that their male peers don’t, like the relative lack of female mentors and occasionally chauvinist or sexist behavior directed at them.”

        Meanwhile, in a separate article, the Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail (11/26) profiles Clemson civil engineering graduate Hesha Gamble, who says “being an African-American studying engineering at Clemson University can be discouraging.” The article says that Gamble is “just one success story from Clemson’s Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention program, which helps recruit and retain African-American engineering students.”

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