Gender, performance, and self-efficacy in STEM-related careers

Does the gender gap observed in IT careers and STEM subjects extend to the performance in the workplace?

The expansion in STEM-related industries has exposed a shortage of qualified labour, particularly females. Dr Matthew J. Liberatore, the John F. Connelly Endowed Chair in Management, and Dr William P. Wagner, Professor of Information Systems, both at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA, are investigating whether the gender gap observed in IT careers and STEM subjects extends to the gender and […]

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Collaborate to innovate: How the InSPIRE Center at UCLan Cyprus brings together academics and industry

InSPIRE helps establish innovative partnerships between academia and industry.

The Center of Interdisciplinary Science Promotion & Innovation Research Exploration (InSPIRE) at UCLan Cyprus aims to enhance scientific research through a series of collaborative partnerships in diverse scientific disciplines between academia and industry, carrying this out through a series of projects, educational activities and community engagement. InSPIRE’s co-founder, Dr Panayiotis Andreou, believes it is essential that the two sides work […]

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The Social Scientist – providing STEM career guidance from global mentors

The Social Scientist provides career guidance from global mentors.

The Social Scientist is a revolutionary mentorship programme for the STEM community. The online platform enlists mentors from around the world to provide guidance and career advice to students and professionals in STEM fields. Here, Dr Danielle Tomasello, Founder of The Social Scientist, tells us how her own experiences as a STEM graduate led her to create a platform that […]

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How ubiquitin determines the fate of our proteins

How ubiquitin determines the fate of our proteins

Regulation of the multitude of protein-protein interactions that take place in the cell is essential. HECT E3 ubiquitin ligases play an important role in regulating protein functions and maintaining cellular health. However, many questions about their biological functions remain unanswered. Working at the interface of biochemistry and biophysics, Dr Donald Spratt from Clark University in Massachusetts, uses NMR spectroscopy to […]

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Smashing assumptions: Supporting and celebrating female scientists and technologists

Science and Technology in Australia (STA) are one of many organisations who have recognised the difficulties women can face in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With the pressure of stereotypes and the need for more female role models, more needs to be done to incubate and acknowledge the talent of women. According to research from the United Nations […]

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STEM field-to-field transitions for a better workforce

STEM field-to-field transitions for a better workforce

A new scheme called OPEN-NJ at Montclair State University (MSU) means more students will be able to gain interdisciplinary research skills by transitioning from Biology to Chemistry or Biochemistry subjects for graduate-level study. Students in New Jersey with an interdisciplinary education are at an advantage when entering the STEM workforce because the state is home to some biochemical industry giants. […]

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Concept mapping as a learning strategy: Impact on undergraduate biology students’ achievement, self-efficacy, and metacognition

Concept mapping as a learning strategy

Concept mapping is an active learning technique that involves representing connections between ideas in a diagrammatic way. Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Morgan State University, Dr Catherine Martin-Dunlop has been carrying out research into the learning strategy to confirm whether it could be the key to improving the academic performance, self-efficacy and metacognitive skills of, […]

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Can training for ethics in STEM benefit the workforce?

Can training for ethics in STEM benefit the workforce?

The ethics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (E-STEM) programme is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project at Gwynedd Mercy University, Greater Philadelphia. Dr Michelle Kulp McEliece and her colleagues, Dr Christian Hellings and Tara White Hines, created the programme in response to research which suggests that a focus on ethics in STEM can foster the ability of students […]

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I-Engineering: Middle-school engineering with communities

Equity in STEM subjects throughout school, higher education and work is yet to be achieved and in particular, certain minority groups and girls remain under-represented in middle-school engineering. The I-Engineering project is looking to a new justice-oriented approach to learning; by combining community ethnography with technical knowledge the project hopes to engage minoritized youth and show them how they can […]

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