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Math and Science Education

What These STEM College Women Are Doing This Summer

Diane Propsner | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having graduated from a women's college with a degree in biology, I thought it would be fun to see what my fellow STEM sisters are doing this summer.

Arguing for Science Literacy

Arthur Camins | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

Students who learn to be confident that their ability to "get smart" is not a fixed trait, but instead a malleable capacity that they can grow as a result of effort, are better able to engage in argumentation and persist through difficult intellectual work.

In Search of Science Role Models

Melanie Fine | Posted 03.15.2014 | Science
Melanie Fine

Kids may be able to list the starting lineup of the Boston Red Sox, but probably can't name even one contemporary scientist. Some 75 percent of the 2013 Nobel prize winning scientists are United States citizens, and yet they live in virtual anonymity among the general American public.

Drones Over the Faculty Lounge

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.04.2013 | Comedy
Patricia McGuire

A secret memo left on the counter of the Starbucks on Capitol Hill maps out the federal government's real plan to "shake up" higher education. Reading between the stains of a venti/halfskim/halfsoy/halfcaf/doubleshot latte, here are the salient points

Can Math Improve Climate Prediction?

Ian Roulstone | Posted 07.23.2013 | Science
Ian Roulstone

It has been said by various authors that climate is what we expect, but weather is what we get. How can we use math and supercomputers to predict the change in variability of weather?

Exceptional Women in STEM Should Be the Rule

Melissa Moritz | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Melissa Moritz

I can honestly -- and naively -- say that it never once occurred to me that I couldn't grow up to be anything I wanted. It wasn't until I started my current role that I realized that a woman who was encouraged to pursue STEM as a child can be a rare thing indeed.

What Does Head Girl Mean?

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Helen I. Hwang

How did my 8-year-old daughter start thinking along gender lines? By girl and boy categories? That there's worth in being the best girl, even if you're not better than two boys?

New Science Standards May Face Tough Battle With Politics

Posted 04.11.2013 | Science

A new set of science standards released by Achieve, an educational nonprofit, could transform American science education -- if politicians can keep th...

The War Over Math and Reading

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling | Posted 05.27.2013 | Science
Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling

I don't want to slow down the engine that is promoting improved access for girls and women in science and technology. But Stoet and Geary's data actually beg for answers about educating the low achievers.

The Messages We Send to Young Girls, From Sheryl Sandberg (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

How can we get young girls to have more self-confidence before they enter the workplace? Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg thinks that it is imp...

Study: Girl Mathletes Won't Quit

Posted 02.27.2013 | Science

Studies consistently show that males perform better in single-event math contests, but new research published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and ...

What 90% of Schools Don't Teach

Hadi and Ali Partovi | Posted 04.28.2013 | Technology
Hadi and Ali Partovi

At a time when most English majors graduate jobless, computer science majors are twice as likely to land a job. Computers are our job-creation engine, and programmers earn among the highest salaries in America.

Why Would Students Voluntarily Answer One Billion Math Problems?

Shantanu Sinha | Posted 04.17.2013 | Technology
Shantanu Sinha

We recently surpassed one billion math problems answered on Khan Academy. I've seen it coming for quite some time, and I still find it somewhat astounding.

Global Connections, Common Core Standards Can Boost U.S. Student Competitiveness, Education Ranking

Miles Gilburne | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Miles Gilburne

How do American students fare on the latest round of respected international assessments? Not so well, according to recent results on the exam known as the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.

You Matter: The Two Most Important Words to Motivate Women in STEM

Angela Maiers | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

When we tell a young woman that she matters, we are inviting her into a life of service and action. Leadership is hard work and it comes with real responsibility. We help young leaders grow when we give them both, by telling them that they matter, and are accountable for it.

Give the Gift of Learning: Toys That Teach

John Jones, R.Ph., J.D. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
John Jones, R.Ph., J.D.

The holidays are a perfect time to continue encouraging youth to grow and learn through toys and gadgets that are fun and trendy, but also happen to be full of learning potential.

The Common Core Must Include Computer Science

Maggie Johnson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Technology
Maggie Johnson

We need computer science in K-12 curriculum, both as standalone courses and integrated into math and science.

The Voyager 1 Space Probe and the Generations of Scientists Who Care For It

J.S. McDougall | Posted 01.16.2013 | Science
J.S. McDougall

The question of when Voyager 1 will leave the solar system is exciting, but generally not important. The fact is that it will soon, or already has -- and therefore it has moved the human race into a new chapter of humanity as interstellar beings.

Defense Department Threatened By STEM Worker Shortfall, Report Warns

Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Citing a potential shortfall in quality STEM workers, a report from the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council urges the Depart...

Why Pharmacy Is Right for Now

John Jones, R.Ph., J.D. | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business
John Jones, R.Ph., J.D.

Engaging the next generation of pharmacy leaders, while getting students excited about education and careers in STEM fields, is good for students, the health care system and our future employment forecast.

Hey Kids, Science is Cool!

Eva Glettner | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

Role models do not need to be confined to pop stars and basketball players. I want my sons to say "I want to be like Bobak Ferdowsi" (mohawk and all!).

The Olympic Games and Florida Education

Nikki Lowrey | Posted 10.10.2012 | Miami
Nikki Lowrey

As someone with a passion for education policy, I also wish our country showed a little more enthusiasm when it came to our academic standing in the world.

President Obama, FDR and the Math Dilemma

Robert Sun | Posted 10.08.2012 | Education
Robert Sun

President Obama recently announced the White House proposal for investing $1 billion to build a master corps of math and science teachers, 10,000 strong, over the next four years. Will this plan succeed or fail?

You Know Who Else Needed to Learn 'How to Be an American?' Dwight Eisenhower!

Will Bunch | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Will Bunch

John Sununu made an interesting point, and it certainly got me to thinking. Eisenhower spent several years honing his un-Americanism at the Ivy League's "Columbia boutique," where he set the stage for the future schooling of his comrade-in-arms, Barack Hussein Obama.

Faith, Hope and Reason

Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2012 | Science
Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D.

Why the laws of nature came to exist is an unknowable, but on the other hand how the laws of nature function is not only knowable but also important to know.