Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices Download April 18, 2014 This new book "Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices," is the result of a AAAS/NSF meeting that drew participants from nearly 50 institutions to identify tools and techniques that can be used in describing teaching practices. It discusses five techniques that individuals or organizations can use to measure STEM teaching: faculty and student surveys, interviews, classroom observations and teaching portfolios. The best descriptions of STEM teaching typically involve the use of multiple techniques, the book concludes. Webinar: Buildng Your First Lab Buildng Your First Lab: Tips, success stories, and how to build your own team Podcast January 00, 1970 One of the most exciting parts of becoming a scientist is the opportunity to build your own lab. But with that appointment comes financial needs and responsibilities. In this webinar, "Building Your First Lab," you'll hear from PI's who have successfully setup labs and will share their know-how with you. Join us May 6 at 12 noon ET for this exclusive event. 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. Sian Beilock wants to know why we choke Sian Beilock wants to know why we choke under pressure Member Spotlight March 14, 2014 University of Chicago psychologist Sian Beilock has built a career on studying elite athletes, students and other strivers who “choke” under pressure. In 2010 she wrote a book on the subject, "Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To." Now, Beilock, a AAAS fellow, is trying to figure out why American kids lag behind much of the rest of the world in mathematics, the fundamental skill set for the jobs our economy will need most in the 21st century. 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?