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Closing the gender gap in mechanical engineering

Mon Jul 31 14:11:32 EDT 2017 | MIT News
In 2015, comments from a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist claiming female scientists distract their male colleagues in the lab immediately led to backlash across social media. Women shared selfies going about their routine conducting research to demonstrate just how “distracting” they are. Months later, individuals around the world responded to offhand comments about a female engineer with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. Earlier this year, General Electric envisioned a reality in which female sc..


In 2015, comments from a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist claiming female scientists distract their male colleagues in the lab immediately led to backlash across social media. Women ..
FILE - Visitors wait outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 20, 2013. The New York Times reported Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department would examine and potentially litigat..
Last week, nearly 500 incoming freshmen at UC Irvine were told their admissions were rescinded, two months before classes begin.  Many students were told their revoked admissi..
Edwin Lyman, a physicist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, was one of 30 U.S.-based scientists scheduled to speak at the quadrennial International Atomic Energy Agency conferen..
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ROCK HILL, S.C. - In less than three weeks the bell will ring at South Pointe High School and this year students will have new options to not only receive college credit, but also ..
Rather than wiping out our memories, new research out of Columbia University suggests that dementia instead confuses the brain about which neurons store which memories, thereby mak..
Something about playing professional football does not add up anymore for Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel. On Thursday, just two days after a new study revealed inc..
The prank show that ran five seasons on Syfy between 2003 and 2013 revolves around unsuspecting marks who are set up by friends and family members to stumble into situations that r..
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a rising senior at Fort Mill High, is hoping to make a difference through math and science. Fitzgerald, 17, is in her fourth week of a six-week, intensive res..
The sleek black race car tore off in such a hurry that its fat tires slipped and squealed in response. Driver Cheryl Liu, her 130-pound frame clad in a jumpsuit and helmet, huddled..
The sleek, black race car tore off in such a hurry that its fat tires slipped and squealed in response. Driver Cheryl Liu, her 130-pound frame clad in a jumpsuit and helmet, huddle..
Serena Williams believes black women have the power to close the gender pay gap by speaking up. In Fortune, the tennis star discussed the findings of her research partnership with ..
While the wage gap has shrunk since 1980, there's still a long way to go before we reach equal pay—and the difference is even more staggering when taking into account both gender a..
Being a very progressive woman in Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) routinely speaks out about the gender wage gap that Democrats and feminists allege exists in the America..
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — A senior majoring in planetary science and a junior studying aerospace engineering have been named Florida Institute of Technology’s Astronaut..
The BBC lit a fire under the British television industry when it published the earnings of its top talent by name. The data dump revealed that two-thirds of BBC stars earning ..
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is planning to investigate and possibly sue universities over admissions policies that discriminate against white applicants, the..
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 13: Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, attends the third day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2017 in Sun ..
FORT ANN — A 13-year-old boy was injured Sunday after falling about 25 feet while hiking near Shelving Rock Falls, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. Washingt..
Researchers in Oregon are the first in the United States to use gene-editing technology on human embryos, according to a report in the MIT Technology Review. The scientists used a ..
The land of the square watermelon has done it again: Japanese scientists have created the world's first blue chrysanthemums. They described their process and results in the journal..
The civil rights division of the Justice Department is planning to investigate and potentially take legal action against universities over affirmative action admissions policies th..
(Reuters) - Factory automation equipment maker Emerson Electric Co (EMR.N) raised its full-year forecast, helped by improving orders and stabilizing demand from industries includin..
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The president of a private Connecticut college says several incoming students have withdrawn and about $200,000 in donations has been lost over a black profe..
The Planner this week looks deeper into August, and beyond, to highlight forthcoming conferences, summits and workshops that will offer participants best practices they can impleme..
Two separate studies published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change found Earth will be warmer by at least 2 degrees by the year 2100. The main difference between the..
An analysis of earth's climate system, including factors like oceans' ability to absorb carbon and the behavior of fine particles in the atmosphere, concludes that even if we ..
Gene editing is getting fresh attention thanks to a successful lab experiment with human embryos. This technology already is used by scientists every day in fields ranging from agr..
There are half a million elected positions in the United States, but less than a quarter are currently held by women. Nonpartisan group She Should Run is working to boost these num..
Whether we take selfies to match our own perception of what we think we look like or trying to understand how others perceive us, there's no doubt that the self portrait is the def..
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials plan to release next year's monthly premiums Tuesday for people who buy individual insurance plans under former President Barack Obama's h..
What makes a good photo? Or rather, what makes for a good selfie? Is taking a good selfie an art form, or is there science behind it? Perhaps a bit of both, and if the researchers ..
There’s been plenty of reaction across the political spectrum on President Donald Trump’s tweets about banning transgender troops. Vox put together a roundup of people and politici..
ST. PETERSBURG — On the one hand, the student's accuser painted a horrific picture. She squeezed her legs shut while he pushed her against his dorm room wall, she told University o..