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We Need More Women STEM Professors as Role Models
Wall Street Journal
"Computer Science Is Tough Sell to Women" (U.S. News, April 11) casts a much-needed spotlight on the shortfall in women earning degrees in STEM disciplines like engineering and computer science. The STEM degree deficit hardly just affects earnings. A dearth of diversity creates a headwind for discovery and innovation, too. A growing body of research has found that diverse teams are more innovative than homogeneous ones, especially within STEM contexts. 

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Can Grade-Skipping Close the STEM Gender Gap?
The Atlantic
Jane Charlton never intended to skip high school.
"I was planning on just skipping ninth grade," says the renowned astrophysicist, who spent her summers taking calculus classes at Carnegie Mellon University. "But when the school year was about to start, the teachers went on strike and my math professor said, 'Why don't you just start here?'"  Three years later, Charlton received her bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics. She headed for the University of Chicago, where she earned her master's at 19, and her Ph.D. at 22. 

Statistic Lessons Get New Look in Early Grades
Education Week
Statistics lessons aren't just for math class anymore, and early-education experts are finding new reasons and ways to incorporate these topics in the early grades.  "All students should be taught at least basic statistics," said Ginger Rae Lynn Wilson, a 3rd grade teacher in Griffin, Ga. "You hear so much talk about STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] and making sure our children are competitive globally; well, I don't know how they would be competitive in a global sense if they don't know how to interpret information and compute data."
Read more here.

What Does the 'March for Science' Mean for STEM Education
Education Week
Scientists and educators across the country will converge on the National Mall tomorrow for the  March for Science , an event meant to highlight the importance of science to society and advocate for evidence-based policymaking.  The march has special relevance for K-12 science teachers, who will be well-represented in Washington and in 374 satellite marches across the country, said David Evans, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, which is partnering with the march.
Read more here.

Around the Community:
Dubbed the "Jamaican Bobsledding Team" of High School Robotics, students from the isolated Micronesian Island of Yap are training for a prestigous international robotics competition in DC. Learn about their incredible STEM program, which thrives in one of the poorest, remotest, and most traditional parts of the world.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation Scholarship Program  
Women and minority students pursuing degrees in computer and video game arts are encouraged to apply for one of thirty $3,000 scholarships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolling or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States while maintaining a minimum 2.75 GPA average.

Grant Opportunity: USDA Women and Minorities in STEM Fields
This program supports research and extension projects that have robust collaborations to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields that are relevant to USDA priorities. This includes promoting nutritious food supplies for Americans, forming sustainable agricultural polices that foster economic viability for small and mid-sized farms, and providing leadership in climate change mitigation.

STEM Magazine: April Isses
Check out this month's issue of STEM Magazine are read an exclusive interview with world-renowned DJ Eva Shaw on how music production puts the M in STEM.

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