Mentoring women in international research collaborations Podcast January 00, 1970 Panelists discuss their experiences in collaborating with researchers abroad while also mentoring students and helping them nurture similar relationships. They highlight the benefits of such international collaborations and also the challenges faced. Unconscious gender bias persists in science Driving Force April 10, 2015 A half-century ago, the renowned social anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote: Are core American values an advantage in the R&D workplace? Driving Force May 8, 2015 A recent editorial with the unfortunate title, “Why America’s Obsession with STEM Education is Dangerous,” nevertheless offers a cross-cultural perspective that has been missing from the national conversation on STEM as preparation for careers, a relentlessly innovative economy, and what is lost in the process. Two contradictions feed the backlash by some against STEM. One is an alleged imbalance of emphasis on STEM versus liberal-arts education—a false dichotomy if there ever was one. The other is the disconnect between U.S. preeminence in innovation, research and development on the one hand, and our students’ lagging international rankings on math, science, and reading tests on the other.  When scientists have to pay out of pocket to do their jobs When scientists have to pay out of pocket to do their jobs Driving Force April 6, 2015 Recent discussions on Twitter and science blogs show that scientists often pay for necessary professional expenses with their own money. This unfortunate expectation hurts students and weakens the pool of potential scientists by weeding out those with fewer resources.     VIDEO: STEM diversity conference showcases global workforce of the future Video March 18, 2015 If there is a lack of diversity in STEM in the U.S., you wouldn’t know it here. The recent 2015 Emerging Researchers Network Conference in STEM (ERN) in Washington, D.C., was a beehive of activity as more than 750 students from across the nation gathered to present research, hear speakers, do workshops and network. Untethering science careers from the research frontier Untethering science careers from the research frontier Driving Force March 4, 2015 When seeking guidance on graduate education as preparation for careers in science, there is an awful lot to take into account—both theoretically and empirically. VIDEO: Google's Vint Cerf recalls early days of Internet, road ahead Video March 03, 2015 Forty years ago, two computer engineers at UCLA—Vinton 'Vint' Cerf and Robert 'Bob' Kahn—created a common communication protocol that would allow data to flow from computer to computer across the Internet. Known as TCP/IP, it earned them the A.M. Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science, as well as the moniker "fathers of the Internet."  Pat Marsteller takes hands-on STEM mentoring to new heights Pat Marsteller takes hands-on STEM mentoring to new heights Member Spotlight March 2, 2015 Emory University biology professor Patricia Marsteller makes it clear to students of all ages that they can change the world at any time. And it doesn’t have to be a big gesture. STEM mentors face difficulties in directing students toward uneven playing fields Driving Force February 10, 2015 Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors direct talent. They steer students toward certain pursuits, and by omission, ignorance or choice, away from others. This makes sense, but sometimes ... nonsense. The problem is that students are moving targets. They mature at different rates, change interests, and are influenced by the social and mass media. For every high school athlete shooting for the NBA or NFL, or "American Idol" contestant shooting for recording fame, a minuscule fraction achieve that particular dream.   Are academies destined to be participatory or exclusionary pools? Driving Force February 2, 2015 It's the season for movie awards. Diversity, or the lack thereof in the Oscar nominations, has made headlines yet again. There are no persons of color in 20 acting categories. Coincidence? A statistical anomaly? Regardless, questions are being raised, and they are not unrelated to the issue of recognition in science.