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Women Students Are Still Leaving Computer Science. Here's Why 

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:06

If you'e trying to find women in tech, one place to look might be an introductory computer science class.

Bringing Diversity Into Computational Science Through Student Outreach

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:57

Students from underrepresented groups joined Brookhaven National Laboratory's Computational Science Initiative this past summer to perform data science research.

The Massive Hedge Fund Betting on AI

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 15:32

As chief executive officer of one of the world's largest hedge funds, Luke Ellis prides himself on a healthy appetite for risk.

The Value of Free STEM and Coding Bootcamps

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:49

What do students get for their participation?

How Much CS Ed Will $1.3B Buy You? Not Enough to Reach Every U.S. School, nor Every Child

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 22:37

The White House promises $200M/year for CS Ed, and the Tech industry promises $300M over 5 years. What can we get for that?

How much CS Ed will $1.3B buy you? Not enough to reach every US school nor every child

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 22:37

 The White House promises $200M/year for CS Ed, and the Tech industry promises $300M over 5 years. What can we get for that?

Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and Unemployment, Says UN

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:15

The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence.

Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 12:00

U.S. colleges and universities are aggressively courting more women to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Undergraduate Peer-Reviewed Research Journal Debuts

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 11:27

The recently published first issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research — a peer-reviewed quarterly academic journal — features research on and assessment of undergraduate research in the United States and other countries.

The 10 Critical Job Skills of the Future

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:14

Few organizations are prepared to navigate the onset of economic and technological change, says McKinsey's Global Chief Learning Officer Nick van Dam.

Trump Pledges $200M to Boost STEM Programs

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:40

President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. Department of Education to prioritize science and technology education and to spend at least $200 million annually on competitive grants so schools can broaden access to computer science education.

The Drug-Maker's Guide to the Galaxy

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:10

In 2016, the pharmaceutical firm Sunovion gave a group of seasoned employees an unusual assignment.

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:00

A new report suggests women may be more inclined to drop out of certain STEM fields when they get low grades in stereotypically male disciplines..

Tech's Push to Teach Coding Isn't About Kids' Success – It's About Cutting Wages

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:33

The campaign for code education isn't about giving the next generation a shot at earning the salary of a Facebook engineer. It's about ensuring those salaries no longer exist.

CS Degrees Aren't Returning on Investment for Coders, Survey Says

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:46

Coders in the U.K. with a bachelor's degree only earn £3,000 (U.S.$4,051) more a year than those who don't have one, according to a survey by Stack Overflow. 

Tuskegee to Create Blueprint for Computer Science Education

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:29

A $300,000 pilot grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation will help Tuskegee University develop a blueprint for and implement a computer science curriculum focused on eighth graders in three Alabama counties.

Udacity Launches an Online Course for Flying Car Engineers

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:01

Udacity will inaugurate the Flying Car Nanodegree Program, which promises to prepare students for a job in the Jetsons-y industry.

One-Third of Science Ph.D.s Lose Interest in Academic Careers

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:17

Factors other than low expectations of landing a faculty job are discouraging young science and engineering Ph.D.s from pursuing careers in academia, according to a new study.

Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:53

Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

Senate's Defense Authorization Would Set Cyber Doctrine

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:33

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed Monday by the Senate mandates a thorough, distinct doctrine for cyber warfare, filling a void long bemoaned by lawmakers.