Haim posted Sep 17, 2012 4:43 PM (GSC's remarks at end): > > Here is a fascinating NY Times article about how men > lag women in college degrees, > > >While women now earn more college degrees than men > over > >all... > > Wait! No, I don't think I got that quite right. > ht. The article is about how men lag women in arts > disciplines and the efforts to help the men catch up. > > No, wait! I still didn't get that right. Oh, I > , I see, the problem is, > > >...they [women] lag in STEM fields---particularly > >computer science and engineering, where they earn > less > >than 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees. > > So many Gaps, so little time. Boy! It's hard > ard keeping up. > > Haim > Shovel ready? What shovel ready? > - ----------------------- > > http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/education/online-men > toring-program-to-encourage-women-in-sciences.html?hpw > > September 16, 2012 > Online Mentors to Guide Women Into the Sciences > By TAMAR LEWIN > > Hundreds of prominent women working in science, > technology, engineering and math will become online > mentors for college students next month, part of a > six-week program to encourage young women to pursue > careers in STEM fields. > > ?I think of this as a MOOC ? a massive open online > course ? and a big mentor-fest,? said Maria Klawe, > the president of Harvey Mudd College and a sponsor of > the project. ?Getting more women into STEM is my > passion in life, and every institution that?s set up > mentorship programs for young women has been > successful at increasing their numbers, so I think > this can make a real difference.? > > The program has no curriculum, no exam, no grades and > no credit ? just a goal of connecting young students > with accomplished women working in STEM fields. > Prominent universities ? including the California > Institute of Technology, Cornell, the Georgia > Institute of Technology, Harvard, the Massachusetts > Institute of Technology, Princeton, Stanford and the > University of California, Berkeley ? have been quick > to sign on, contributing mentors and publicizing the > program to students. > > ?I thought this was a great idea as soon as I heard > about it,? said Dennis Berkey, the president of > Worcester Polytechnic Institute. ?Young women in > STEM, more than young men, have a lot of questions > about what kind of career they?ll have, whether the > rewards are based on performance or the old boys? > network, whether it?ll let them make a positive > impact on the world, and how it will relate to their > aspirations for family.? > > While women now earn more college degrees than men > over all, they lag in STEM fields ? particularly > computer science and engineering, where they earn > less than 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees. > > To help raise those numbers, Dr. Klawe has lined up > six prominent women as lead mentors, including Mae C. > Jemison, the first black female astronaut; Jacqueline > K. Barton, the chairwoman of the chemistry department > at Caltech; and Padmasree Warrior, Cisco?s chief > technology officer ? as well as nearly 300 other > mentors. They will answer questions submitted online > by students at any of the universities participating > in the project, which is known as Women in Technology > Sharing Online, or WitsOn. > > Undergraduates at other colleges can participate by > getting a faculty member to nominate them. Although > the program is especially designed for women, men > will also be able to ask questions. > > According to the Web site, the project could even > lead to jobs. ?We will do our best to connect > students who are interested in positions with > mentors? organizations that have positions to fill,? > it says. > > A test forum in May attracted more than 800 questions > in a day, according to Pooja Sankar, the founder of > Piazza, a WitsOn sponsor. Young women had a wide > range of queries: ?How sexist is programming?? ?How > did you get where you are?? ?Do you have time for > your family?? ?When is it right to correct > misunderstandings about women in technology fields > and when do you have to just let it slide?? And, > inevitably, ?Can I work for you?? > > Ms. Sankar, who went to engineering school in India, > said that given her own awkward experiences in > school, she had long wanted to offer support to > female students. > > ?I was embarrassed to look at a boy, much less ask a > question about homework,? Ms. Sankar said. ?I didn?t > have a support group, and I thought it was because I > was growing up in a traditional society. What was > such a surprise, when I was at Facebook and Sheryl > Sandberg had a session for women engineers, was that > American girls, even if they?d gone to coed high > schools, felt the same sense of isolation.? > > Jacqueline El-Sayed, a professor of mechanical > engineering at Kettering University, said WitsOn > could help bolster the confidence of women who think > differently from their male classmates ? giving > answers that are correct but unexpected, and in > response getting what some call ?the look.? > > WitsOn?s somewhat unstructured approach is in some > ways similar to the earliest massive online courses, > created years before Harvard, M.I.T., Stanford and > other leading universities started offering free > online versions of their traditional campus classes. > Like WitsOn, the first MOOCs were meant to help form > connections online rather than provide a formal > curriculum. The participants shaped the content, > often interacting in so many different online threads > that no student or teacher could follow all of them. > > ?In a connectivist MOOC, people get out of it what > they put into it,? said Stephen Downes of the > National Research Council of Canada, a pioneer of the > early MOOCs. ?It?s something like a Yahoo group or > other interest-based community. But it has a start > date and an end date, and it pulls people out of > different networks and plops them into a new one, > which results in new connections and gets people > hearing new voices.? > > WitsOn is not the only connectivist MOOC starting > this fall. Athabasca University in Alberta ? along > with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Educause, > a nonprofit organization focused on information > technology; The Chronicle of Higher Education; and > others ? will present one called Current/Future State > of Higher Education. > > Empire State College, a division of SUNY, will offer > VizMath, which Carol Yaeger, a leader, said would be > about ?the visualness of math ? things like math in > art, Escher?s work, and exploring hyperbolic curves > through knitting.? Participants will have the option > of taking the class for credit at Empire State. > > ------- End of Forwarded Message > And so?
Is this another bit of your 'evidence' that will help put the 'Education Mafia' in jail?