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. 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. Yet another committee says postdoc training needs overhaul Yet another committee says postdoc training needs overhaul Driving Force January 6, 2015 A new report issued by the National Academies details the continuing problems with postdoctoral training and issues some blunt recommendations for finally changing the status quo. 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. A tribute to AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates The science of looking ahead: A tribute to AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Some people just see farther. For a “consulting futurist,” foresight would seem to be mandatory. For AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates, who died October 16 at age 85, the scientific study of what’s beyond the visible horizon yielded a career that combined brilliance, effrontery and a legion of devotees.   Exploring Careers at the Intersection of Science, Law & Business Podcast January 00, 1970 Do you have strong analytical skills and an understanding of complex technologies and their applications? Are you interested in a career that doesn’t limit you to working in a research lab? Then this webinar is for you! Study shows sexual harassment and assault rampant in field science Driving Force October 28, 2014 A recent study reports that scientists frequently experience sexual harassment and assault while conducting fieldwork. This study raises important questions about how to best promote safe fieldwork experiences for scientists—particularly trainees. The diversity disconnect in Silicon Valley Driving Force October 16, 2014 The saga of “Silicon Valley ‘gets religion’ on diversifying the tech workforce” continues to be jolted by stories in USA Today and other commentary, including that in this column. The latest discussion in USA Today of hiring practices by companies like Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo discloses yet another facet of workforce composition.