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Friday, April 24, 2015

Knowing multiple languages can be powerful

State Hornet – Brandie Maguire

“Knowing more than one language can increase a person’s marketability and enhance their quality of life. On Friday, April 17, a presentation called “Communicating for Success: Leveraging Language to Launch Your Career” welcomed a panel of five business professionals who attributed part of their career success to their knowledge of multiple languages…Anne Goff, a Sacramento State French professor, led the panel discussion including speakers Andrew Bondar, Boryana Arsova, Tanya Altmann, Clarissa Laguardia and Carolyn Yohn. Goff began the discussion by explaining the importance of languages in modern workplaces. “Businesses are becoming increasingly international,” Goff said…All of the speakers wholeheartedly agreed that learning another language benefitted their lives and careers in a positive way…The discussion focused on the idea that there are many companies that seek out employees who have foreign language skills and many job descriptions specifically list various languages as a requirement for the job. Being fluent in additional languages is not only a marketable skill, but can be personally fulfilling.”(more)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Why Getting a Liberal Education Matters

The Huffington Post – Taylor Dibbert

“In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria is a short and smart book. Zakaria notes that in the United States, “a liberal education is out of favor.” He then tells us that “An open-ended exploration of knowledge is seen as a road to nowhere.” The reality is that earning a degree in a subject such as English literature is no longer viewed in an overwhelmingly positive light and far fewer students are pursuing liberal arts degrees than they were decades ago. Currently, students are more interested in pursuing degrees in subjects that they believe will lead directly to employment, such as business or accounting. Zakaria views this trend as problematic and persuasively explains why. Crucially, getting a liberal education fosters critical thinking and writing skills. “Whatever you do in life, the ability to write clearly, cleanly and reasonably well will prove to be an invaluable skill.” The second key benefit is that it “teaches you how to speak.” Third, students are taught “how to learn” and pursue knowledge independently, long after their college careers.”(more)

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Best Jobs For 2015

Forbes – Susan Adams

“CareerCast, a career advice and salary listing website…evaluated 200 jobs that have the most employees in the U.S…This year all 10 of the jobs in CareerCast’s best jobs list are in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or in health care…CareerCast publisher Tony Lee says the objective of the best and worst jobs lists is to help young people and career changers better focus their ambitions. “For the ninth grader who loves crunching numbers to win his fantasy baseball league, learning about the career path of an actuary or data scientist may spark a career interest that simply didn’t exist before,” he said in a statement.”(more)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to Educate the Next Generation of Googlers: Two Lessons From the White House Science Fair

The Huffington Post – Nick Hutchinson

“By 2022, the U.S. will need more than nine million professionals in science, technology, engineering and math. But last year, there were eleven states where not a single African-American student took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science — and fewer than twenty percent of all test takers were female. Gender and ethnic inequality in tech is, by now, well documented. The question is what can we do about it? Last month, I had a chance to meet the next generation of tech superstars at The White House Science Fair, a gathering of America’s brightest young minds and a demonstration that there’s nothing inevitable about tech’s diversity crisis. These students had made important discoveries in cybersecurity and cancer research…For a country famously lagging in math and science, how did we produce students like these — and how can we produce more of them? I found two key themes in the many dozens of well-rehearsed presentations:”(more)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Students get preview of STEM education

The Daily Journal – Daniel J. Kov

“STEM education is the future of industry in the United States, and schools everywhere are doing their best to prepare students. A three-year growing program at Cumberland Regional High School offers local teens an education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math principles that school officials say will give them the tools they need to succeed…”Today is about exposing them to science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” school STEM supervisor Bonnie Powers said. “The earlier they’re aware, the more likely they are to go into the program.” In seeking to downplay the esoteric and brainy aspects normally associated with mathematics and engineering fields, teachers and school administrators prepared a day’s worth of fun science-based activities to pique the students’ interest. “STEM is more than just engineering,” Powers said. “STEM is helping people make their lives better through technology, health care and environmental industries.””(more)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

This Budding Scientist-Entrepreneur Puts The Girls-In-STEM Problem In New Perspective

The Huffington Post – David Freeman

“There’s no doubt that women tend to steer clear of careers in science and technology–the statistics simply don’t lie. Nor is there any doubt that the persistent gender disparity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields represents a big problem for our competitiveness as a nation as well as for individual women. But why are women underrepresented in STEM?…Sara Sakowitz, a 19-year-old freshman biomedical engineering major at Columbia University and a budding entrepreneur, has her own strong views on the matter…”I believe that in their earliest years, girls lose their spark–they succumb to societal hurdles and mental obstacles that have existed for as long as they can remember. Instead of imaginary genetic weaknesses, girls battle false portrayals of female scientists in the media and fight against the unconscious, unspoken rule that only men belong as the leaders of the world.””(more)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Making Math Fun For Children Can Lead To College And Career Success

El Dorado Springs Sun – Staff Writer

“Getting a child interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can have positive life impacts. It can even lead to college and career success according to Janice Emery, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension…The top 20 jobs on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current list of highest-paying occupations value numerical literacy. “By the time our children enter the workforce, professions related to STEM are predicted to be even more predominant,” said Emery. Unfortunately, too many children struggle with STEM concepts…Emery says there are several ways to help make STEM subjects more exciting for children.”(more)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM

Harvard Business Review – Joan C. Williams

“By now, we’ve all heard about the low numbers of American women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Some argue it’s a pipeline issue – that if we can interest more young girls in STEM subjects, the issue will resolve itself over time. But that’s not convincing. After all, the percentage of women in computer science has actually decreased since 1991. Another theory is that women are choosing to forgo careers in STEM to attain better work-family balance—rather than being pushed out by bias. But evidence for that is also thin. Several new studies add to the growing body of evidence that documents the role of gender bias in driving women out of science careers…My own new research, co-authored with Kathrine W. Phillips and Erika V. Hall, also indicates that bias, not pipeline issues or personal choices, pushes women out of science – and that bias plays out differently depending on a woman’s race or ethnicity…It’s so tempting the attribute the paucity of women in STEM to pipeline problems or personal choices. But it’s time to listen to women scientists: they think the issue’s gender bias, and an increasing amount of research supports that view. If organizations are truly interested in retaining and advancing women, they will approach the issue of gender bias the same way they do other business issues: develop objective metrics and hold themselves to meeting them.”(more)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nine ways to use language skills to get a job and boost your career

The Guardian – Georgie Bradley

“If you want to be able to use a language within a specific field, it’s essential to combine subjects, as a straight language degree may not command a big enough premium on the job market. Adam Marshall, executive director, policy and external affairs, British Chamber of Commerce, London says: “Companies look at language as part of a wider skills base – very few recruit on this alone. Pure language degrees are often seen as less valuable by prospective employers than degrees that combine other core skills.'”(more)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

STEM subjects boost girls’ earnings by a third, study says

Teaching Personnel – Charlotte Michaels

“Studying maths or science at A-level can boost girls’ earnings by as much a third, according to a new report. The research reveals that the returns for women who study two or more A-levels in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects are 33.1 per cent when compared to those who only obtain GCSE-level qualifications…Encouraging more girls to study STEM subjects has been part of the coalition’s education plan since 2010, resulting in 10,000 more STEM A-level entries for female pupils.”(more)