The 'bossy brilliance' of science Driving Force April 10, 2015 A half-century ago, the renowned social anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote: 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. Q&A with David Burgess: NIH National Research Mentoring Network Driving Force January 13, 2015 In October 2014, NIH announced $31 million in awards “to develop new approaches to engage researchers from underrepresented backgrounds” in preparation for scientific careers. One of the awards, implemented in response to NIH’s Advisory Committee to the Director’s Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce, established the NIH National Research Mentoring Network, or NRMN. AAAS MemberCentral blogger Daryl E. A community college antidote to African American male underachievement A community college antidote to African American male underachievement Driving Force December 2, 2014 The headline caught my eye: Are African American women overachieving in engineering? Some persuasive undergraduate-degree data cited in the article support the contention, but send a dangerous message. The danger is that something so positive suggests that no problem exists. It can breed complacency by those for whom diversity is but one of several “priorities.” The real problem may be that it diverts attention from the critical issue that African American men are underachieving in science. Indeed, they represent two of every five African Americans attending college and only one of every three completing an engineering degree. Women’s participation in engineering is so striking, countering other minority trends, that we should celebrate. But universities must emulate the lead of employers, redoubling their efforts to enroll and graduate students of color in all STEM disciplines.