Impostor Syndrome: What it is and what you can do about it Impostor syndrome: What it is and what you can do about it Driving Force April 7, 2014 Marie Klawe is a talented computer scientist and president of elite Harvey Mudd College, but in a recent article she admitted to feeling like a failure despite all of her accomplishments. How could such a successful scientist harbor such self-doubt? The answer is that Klawe suffers from "impostor syndrome," a surprisingly common ailment among scientists and academics. National conference shows underrepresented researchers making strides National conference shows underrepresented researchers making strides Wednesday, March 12, 2014 There is some serious brain power going on here. More than 650 student researchers from around the nation have poured into a Washington, D.C., hotel to network and show off their work. Rows of posters celebrate undergraduate research on cancer, robotics—even underwater communication. There are 70 graduate students giving oral and poster presentations on topics from hairy nanoparticles to quantum turbulence. VIDEO: ERN keynote speaker Rory Cooper: Robotics help those with disabilities overcome obstacles Video March 12, 2014 As a professor and chair at University of Pittsburgh, senior researcher of rehabilitative science, and pioneer of the Experiential Learning for Veterans in Assistive Technology and Engineering program, Rory Cooper has taken an active role in advancing the technology that can help people with disabilities live a normal life. Cooper, an Army vet, was confined to a wheelchair after a noncombat accident in 1980, and he knows first hand the challenges faced by those with disabilities. We want to do the same things that everyone else does, and technology can make that happen, Cooper told the nearly 1,000 participants, including approximately 650 undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, math or engineering (STEM), who attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held Feb. 22-23 in Washington D.C. Watch his keynote address and then check out the other notable speakers from this conference. VIDEO: Conference speakers inspire underrepresented students to pursue STEM careers Video March 12, 2014 Each keynote speaker at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held Feb. 22-23 in Washington, D.C., had a different story to tell of how they got where they are today. They had one trait in common, however. All of them faced doubts, fears and stereotypes along the way but didn't allow those feelings to stop them from achieving their goals, to work in science and to become leaders in their fields. The ERN conference, now in its fourth year, seeks to help underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities at the undergraduate and graduate level, enhance their science communications skills and better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce. The conference was co-hosted by AAAS and the National Science Foundation. Improving diversity interventions: An empirical approach is not enough Driving Force March 7, 2014 I don’t like to split hairs, especially when I agree that a critical issue deserves attention. What follows, then, should be read as addressing means, not ends. VIDEO: ERN keynote speaker Paula Hammond: 'It’s the students that make what I do special' Video March 12, 2014 Paula Hammond is a David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hammond's research focuses on three major areas: creating polymers for revolutionary drug-delivery systems, energy and fuel cells, and the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. Her lab builds very thin films that can for example, degrade and release a drug, or contain carbon nanotubes that allow her team to generate an electrochemical device. She shared her story with the nearly 1,000 participants, including approximately 650 undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, math or engineering (STEM), who attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held Feb. 22-23 in Washington D.C. Watch her keynote address and then check out the other notable speakers from this conference. VIDEO: ERN keynote speaker Sid Harris: ‘Fake it…until you become it’ Video March 12, 2014 If you've ever dreamed of sitting on the board of directors of a nonprofit and corporate organization, than you better heed the advice of Georgia State Professor and Former Dean Sidney E. Harris. Harris has built a career on information technology and business strategy that has propelled him to the top of the business world. Harris didn't start out as a titan of business, he grew up poor, had a speech impediment and at times suffered from self-doubt. In time, with help from mentors and support from loved ones, he overcame those challenges. Harris shared his story of success with the nearly 1,000 participants, including approximately 650 undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, math or engineering (STEM), who attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held Feb. 22-23 in Washington D.C. Watch his keynote address and then check out the other notable speakers from this conference. VIDEO: ERN panel discussion: Faculty and student international collaborations in STEM Video March 12, 2014 The organizers of the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held Feb. 22-23 in Washington D.C., hosted a panel discussion on faculty and student international collaborations in STEM. Members of the six-person panel spoke about their experiences working overseas on research. Each faculty member and student discussed what it was like to collaborate with others and the challenges they faced during their time abroad. VIDEO: ERN keynote speaker Lydia Villa-Komaroff: ‘You won’t get something you don’t ask for’ Video March 12, 2014 As Chief Scientific Officer at CytonomeST Lydia Villa-Komaroff is developing an optical cell sorter that supports rapid, sterile selection of human cells, which will enable the development of new cell therapies. Villa-Komaroff spent more than 20 years studying genes, mainly concentrating on protein synthesis, cell development, and growth mutations. She gained international recognition in 1978 as one of the pioneers in the emerging field of cloning. At the time of her groundbreaking research on cloning, Villa-Komaroff was one of only a handful of female Mexican-American molecular biologists. She shared her story with the nearly 1,000 participants, including approximately 650 undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, math or engineering (STEM), who attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held Feb. 22-23 in Washington D.C. Watch her keynote address and then check out the other notable speakers from this conference. Female students make up the majority in Berkeley’s intro computer science class For first time, female students make up the majority in Berkeley’s intro computer science class Driving Force March 10, 2014 Last spring women outnumbered men (106 to 104) in UC Berkeley’s introductory computer science class for the first time. Is a redesigned course to thank for this?