Thursday, April 27, 2006

Women in science buzz

  • The National Academy of Science is kicking off a series of books and a companion website called "Women's Adventures in Science." The website has some cutesy animation featuring bilingual blue-haired "Lia", profiles of 10 prominent women scientists, a time-line highlighting accomplishments of women in science and some games. NAS is holding an event in DC on Friday featuring some of the women from the website.
  • The San Jose Mercury-News has an editorial titled: "Need More Engineers? Recruit Women." Belle Wei suggests: "The fact is that we cannot afford to ignore half of our population in our determined efforts to enlarge the technical talent pool. If women aren't attracted to engineering and computing, and don't come to us, then we need to start going to them. We have to develop and present engineering programs in a way that appeals to them." Sounds like a good idea, but while we're at it, let's get rid of some of the societal and structural impediments to women choosing technical professions.
  • Sigourney Weaver encourages women to study science: "We haven’t taken care of our educational system for the last 30 years," she said at the dedication of a new life science buiding at Syracuse University. "It doesn’t surprise me that kids are not ignited by what they are studying."
  • The Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology is establishing a new award for outstanding and promising women scientists.

2 comments:

geobabe said...

If I may boast a bit...Smith College was the first women-only institution to offer a degree in engineering. http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Engin/

Unknown said...

If I may boast a bit...Smith College was the first women-only institution to offer a degree in engineering. Spybubble