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Newswise: Socially distanced chemistry for kids: Join the U.S. Crystal Growing Competition!
Released: 22-Sep-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Socially distanced chemistry for kids: Join the U.S. Crystal Growing Competition!
University at Buffalo

“Now, more than ever, with so many kids being at home, they need fun, hands-on scientific activities,” says Jason Benedict, contest founder, dad, and an associate professor of chemistry in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Personal interactions are important drivers of STEM identity in girls
Florida State University

Researchers from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University found that nuanced interactions between teachers and campers at a coding camp for middle school girls as well as among the girls themselves impacted how girls viewed themselves as coders.

Newswise: Virtual internships for physics students present challenges, build community
Released: 15-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Virtual internships for physics students present challenges, build community
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Summer is usually the time when student interns flock to PPPL to learn about fusion and plasma physics at a national laboratory. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s students participated virtually from their homes around the country.

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Released: 19-Aug-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Experience, guidance and community
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Thirteen first-year college students connected with campus in July for a virtual summer camp to get a head start on their college experiences.

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Released: 17-Aug-2020 4:30 PM EDT
CFES Educators Share Blueprint for Building Exemplary Virtual Learning Schools
CFES Brilliant Pathways

On the cutting edge of education technology, Beekmantown (NY) Superintendent Dan Mannix built a successful virtual learning model, capable of drawing near perfect attendance, that he talked about during a CFES Brilliant Pathways live webinar.

Newswise: UIC’s L@s GANAS earns national acclaim for diversity in STEM
Released: 17-Aug-2020 8:10 AM EDT
UIC’s L@s GANAS earns national acclaim for diversity in STEM
University of Illinois at Chicago

The publication recognizes U.S. colleges and universities for commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Newswise: Workshop aimed at encouraging women and minority students to consider careers in plasma physics goes online
Released: 13-Aug-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Workshop aimed at encouraging women and minority students to consider careers in plasma physics goes online
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

A dozen undergraduate students spent the afternoon doing experiments aimed at teaching them some fundamentals about electromagnets through PPPL’s Undergraduate Workshop in Plasma Physics.

Newswise: Virtual lecture series finale connects interns to ongoing COVID-19 research
Released: 29-Jul-2020 6:55 PM EDT
Virtual lecture series finale connects interns to ongoing COVID-19 research
Argonne National Laboratory

Students attending the last 2020 Office of Science Summer Internship Virtual Lecture Series seminar learned about how national laboratories are coming together to fight COVID-19.

Released: 23-Jul-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Teen Museum Educators Increase Engagement, Learning, in Tween Visitors
North Carolina State University

A new study finds teen docents at museums have an overall positive effect on visitor experiences, learning and information retention. The positive effects accrued across age groups regardless of museum type, but were most apparent in children ages 9 to 11.

Newswise: Which is more creative, the arts or the sciences?
Released: 22-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Which is more creative, the arts or the sciences?
University of South Australia

International expert in creativity and innovation, UniSA’s Professor David Cropley, is calling for Australian schools and universities to increase their emphasis on teaching creativity, as new research shows it is a core competency across all disciplines and critical for ensuring future job success.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Making its Second Investment, NYU Impact Investment Fund (NIIF) Invests in Company that Teaches Girls to Code
New York University

he student-led NYU Impact Investment Fund (NIIF) has successfully completed its second investment with a $25,000 investment in SmartGurlz, whose mission is to engage elementary school-aged students, in particular girls who are currently underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), to learn skills in coding.

Newswise: Black and Latinx Girls Inc. of NYC high school girls to learn cybersecurity skills at NYU Tandon
Released: 14-Jul-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Black and Latinx Girls Inc. of NYC high school girls to learn cybersecurity skills at NYU Tandon
New York University

The K12 Center for STEM Education at NYU Tandon is partnering with Girls, Inc. of NYC (GINYC) to support the participation of additional Black and Latinx H.S. girls from GINYC programs in the Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) summer program at NYU Tandon.

Newswise: From Nashville to New Hampshire, PPPL’s student interns do research, attend classes and socialize from their home computers
Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
From Nashville to New Hampshire, PPPL’s student interns do research, attend classes and socialize from their home computers
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's internship program this summer has gone virtual with 47 interns working on research projects from home.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
AIP to Fund Programs Combating Racial Injustice, Inequities in Physics, Physical Sciences
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The American Institute of Physics has established a $200,000 fund to support efforts by its 10 member societies and an AIP affiliated society, the National Society of Black Physicists, for actions that are a direct response to racial injustice. The AIP 2020-2021 Diversity Action Fund will have a special focus on society actions for Black students in the physical sciences, as well as programs focused on minority communities.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University Receive $1.2 Million NIH Award to Recruit Underrepresented Minority Ph.D. Students
Cleveland Clinic

At a time when the national conversation is focused on narrowing the gap of racial equity, two of Cleveland’s anchor institutions have been awarded grant funding that will help them turn words into action. Cleveland State University and Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute received a five-year, $1.2 million T32 training award from the National Institutes of Health to recruit underrepresented minority Ph.D. students and students underrepresented in the science and technology workforce.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Gender gaps in STEM college majors emerge in high school
Cornell University

Although studies have shown that women are more likely than men to enter and complete college in U.S. higher education, women are less likely to earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields. In new research, Kim Weeden, the Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor of the Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, traces the discrepancy in college majors back to gender differences that emerge early in high school.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Even when women outnumber men, gender bias persists among science undergrads
Colorado State University

Increasing gender diversity has been a long-sought goal across many of the sciences, and interventions and programs to attract more women into fields like physics and math often happen at the undergraduate level.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 7:05 PM EDT
CSU Faculty Continue to Enhance Virtual Instruction
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

​​​On May 12, 2020, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White shared information that would shape higher education across the state: To safeguard the health and safety of the CSU's 482,000 students, 53,000 employees and countless visitors, the great majority of instruction would be delivered virtually for the fall 2020 term. In preparation for vibrant virtual fall learning, faculty across the CSU's 23 campuses are engaging in a variety of professional development programs to strengthen their online instruction skills and build a community of fellow faculty learners.

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16-Jun-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Academic Achievement isn’t the Reason There are More Men than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering and Computer Science
New York University

While some STEM majors have a one-to-one male-to-female ratio, physics, engineering and computer science (PECS) majors consistently have some of the largest gender imbalances among U.S. college majors – with about four men to every woman in the major. In a new study published today in the peer-reviewed research journal, Science, NYU researchers find that this disparity is not caused by higher math or science achievement among men. On the contrary, the scholars found that men with very low high-school GPAs in math and science and very low SAT math scores were choosing these math-intensive majors just as often as women with much higher math and science achievement.

Newswise: Using LEGO to test children’s ability to visualize and rotate 3D shapes in space
Released: 18-Jun-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Using LEGO to test children’s ability to visualize and rotate 3D shapes in space
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a test that uses children’s ability to assemble LEGO pieces to assess their spatial visualization ability. Spatial visualization is the ability to visualize 3D shapes in one’s mind, which is tied to increased GPAs and graduation rates in STEM college students.

Newswise: Rural Summer Science Camp goes digital
Released: 17-Jun-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Rural Summer Science Camp goes digital
Morgridge Institute for Research

The Rural Summer Science Camp typically invites participants from rural school districts across Wisconsin to a weeklong camp at the Morgridge Institute for Research. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rural Summer Science Camp is celebrating a new milestone: an entirely digital experience.

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Released: 16-Jun-2020 2:40 PM EDT
COVID-19 pandemic could decimate outdoor environmental, science education programs
University of California, Berkeley

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the survival of organizations nationwide that provide critical outdoor environmental and science education to K-12 students, with an alarming 63% of such groups uncertain about their ability to ever reopen their doors, according to a study released this week by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Newswise: UIC joins network dedicated to preparing future STEM faculty
Released: 16-Jun-2020 11:15 AM EDT
UIC joins network dedicated to preparing future STEM faculty
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago has been named one of six new members of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, or CIRTL, an academic network of top research universities devoted to developing and expanding proven STEM teaching practices to educate diverse populations of students.

Released: 10-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Passing Crucial, Challenging Introductory Chemistry Course Gives Biggest Boost to Underrepresented Students
University of Washington

Underrepresented students in STEM received lower grades in a general chemistry series compared to their peers and were less likely to continue. But if underrepresented students completed the first course with at least the minimum grade needed to continue, they were more likely than their peers to do so.

Newswise: Exemplary Student Research Program Inspires Our Next Generation of Researchers
Released: 10-Jun-2020 9:20 AM EDT
Exemplary Student Research Program Inspires Our Next Generation of Researchers
Argonne National Laboratory

Every year, the Exemplary Student Research Program welcomes students from Chicagoland high schools to complete research projects at Argonne’s scientific facilities. The program inspires and trains the next generation of researchers.

Newswise: UC San Diego’s CREATE and SDSC Awarded National K-12 STEM Grant
Released: 9-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
UC San Diego’s CREATE and SDSC Awarded National K-12 STEM Grant
University of California San Diego

The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense STEM Education Consortium (DESC) has awarded a one-year grant to the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and the UC San Diego Mathematics Project housed at the university’s Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), to introduce computing into high school math classrooms.

Newswise: Weird Science
Released: 8-Jun-2020 8:05 PM EDT
Weird Science
University of South Australia

White lab coats and dangerous experiments all epitomise the ‘mad scientist’ from many a Hollywood blockbuster but, even beyond the silver screen, the stereotype lives on, and according to new research, it could mar the next generation of potential scientists.

Newswise: UniSA nails the true value of PhD mentoring 
with L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand
Released: 5-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
UniSA nails the true value of PhD mentoring with L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand
University of South Australia

In an Australian first, the University of South Australia’s in-house mentoring evaluation tool will address this challenge as L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand adopts the tool to enhance and monitor their PhD Mentoring program as part of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program.

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Released: 4-Jun-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Fermilab scientists publish quantum computing course for high school students
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Quantum computing will affect the future of every area of science, creating the need for a quantum-fluent workforce. In collaboration with two high school teachers, a group of Fermilab theorists has developed a quantum computing course for high school students. With this course, Fermilab scientists are breaking new ground in both quantum computing research and supporting the competitiveness of the STEM workforce in the quantum era.

Newswise: Experimenting with Laser Wakefield Acceleration
Released: 27-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Experimenting with Laser Wakefield Acceleration
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven Lab intern Prabhjot Kaur is working on an experiment to accelerate particles to greater energies in smaller spaces.

Newswise: Argonne offers mentorship and resources to students in Department of Energy-sponsored graduate student research
Released: 26-May-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Argonne offers mentorship and resources to students in Department of Energy-sponsored graduate student research
Argonne National Laboratory

As part of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program, 62 graduate students were chosen to conduct thesis research across the national laboratory complex, including 12 students at Argonne.

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Released: 15-May-2020 9:35 AM EDT
Meet the Intern Using Quantum Computing to Study the Early Universe
Brookhaven National Laboratory

During an internship at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Juliette Stecenko is using modern supercomputers and quantum computing platforms to perform astronomy simulations that may help us better understand where we came from.

Newswise: Notre Dame professor expands AP statistics platform for students nationwide
Released: 11-May-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Notre Dame professor expands AP statistics platform for students nationwide
University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame psychology professor Ying (Alison) Cheng's AP-CAT platform, developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, helps students preparing for the AP statistics test.

Newswise: New CUR Board Members Elected
Released: 8-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
New CUR Board Members Elected
Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

John F. Barthell (NSF), Donna Charlevoix (UNAVCO), Niharika Nath (NYIT), Karen K. Resendes (Westminster College), and Binod Tiwari (CSU-Fullerton) have been elected to the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Newswise: Understanding the impacts of unexpected shift to digital learning
Released: 7-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Understanding the impacts of unexpected shift to digital learning
Penn State College of Engineering

The unexpected transition to online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many changes for undergraduate students and their instructors. To understand the magnitude of these impacts and potentially improve digital learning, researchers in the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) have received $196,136 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Released: 1-May-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Erika Hersch-Green Wins CAREER Award for Biodiversity Research
Michigan Technological University

Erika Hersch-Green is studying how increasing amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus in terrestrial ecosystems lead to decreasing biodiversity, not only among plant species, but in herbivores and pollinators as well.

Newswise: CSU Receives Grants to Increase Scholarships for Math, Science Teacher Candidates in California’s High-Needs Schools
Released: 27-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
CSU Receives Grants to Increase Scholarships for Math, Science Teacher Candidates in California’s High-Needs Schools
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

CSU Receives Grants to Increase Scholarships for Math, Science Teacher Candidates in California’s High-Needs Schools

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Released: 24-Apr-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Lehigh’s Don Outing Shares College Retention Strategies Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
CFES Brilliant Pathways

Drawing from his own experience as a first-generation college student and professor, Donald Outing, Vice President for Equity and Community, University Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Lehigh University, provided strategies for how students can thrive in college all the way to graduation, during a 30-minute webinar hosted by CFES Brilliant Pathways.

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Released: 17-Apr-2020 9:25 AM EDT
Meet Christine Ali: Military War Veteran and Chemical Engineer
Brookhaven National Laboratory

From setting up fuel stations for the U.S. Army in Iraq to monitoring complex gas-delivery systems at Brookhaven National Laboratory's National Synchrotron Light Source II, Christine Ali brings a wealth of experience and passion to science. Here's her story.

Newswise: CUR’s First Virtual Posters on the Hill Showcases Undergraduate Research to Policymakers, Scholars, and the Public
Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:25 AM EDT
CUR’s First Virtual Posters on the Hill Showcases Undergraduate Research to Policymakers, Scholars, and the Public
Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

On April 21, students will participate in the 2020 Posters on the Hill event. This year, because of COVID-19 challenges, undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors from institutions such as Butler University, California State University–Fullerton, and University of Chicago will share their research online.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Study: Asian universities close the gap on U.S. schools in world rankings by increasing STEM funding
University at Buffalo

China and South Korea are surging in the international brain race for world-class universities, as schools in the East Asian nations are replacing institutions in the United States in international college rankings. The rise is fueled by increased government funding and a focus on STEM.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 11:20 AM EDT
The way you define intelligence matters
University of Georgia

The way students view their own intelligence – their mindset – is a strong determining factor for academic performance.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 3:10 PM EDT
STEM students learn as well online as in classrooms
Cornell University

Students learned just as much in online STEM college courses as they did in traditional classroom settings, and at a fraction of the cost, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

Newswise: Amanda Early, Fermilab education program leader, selected STEP UP ambassador
Released: 8-Apr-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Amanda Early, Fermilab education program leader, selected STEP UP ambassador
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Amanda Early is one of 79 physics educators selected to be a STEP UP Program ambassador. STEP UP ambassadors are high school physics teachers that train others on how to effectively reduce barriers for women in physics. The program mobilizes thousands of teachers to help engage young women in physics and inspire them to pursue physics in college.

Newswise: Parents and Teachers: International Competition Encourages Virtual Learning for K-12 Students Inspired by Sounds of the World
Released: 6-Apr-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Parents and Teachers: International Competition Encourages Virtual Learning for K-12 Students Inspired by Sounds of the World
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The Acoustical Society of America is calling on U.S. students to submit acoustics-related art and lyrics as part of the International Year of Sound 2020 celebration. K-12 students across the U.S. can participate in an international competition for primary, middle and secondary students from all over the world. It is also an opportunity to include an element of STEM education for so many students in need of enriching curriculum while being away from school due to coronavirus concerns.

Newswise: Steven J. Miller Selected as 2020 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee
Released: 3-Apr-2020 8:15 AM EDT
Steven J. Miller Selected as 2020 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee
Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Steven J. Miller, professor of mathematics at Williams College, has been selected as the 2020 Council on Undergraduate Research-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee. The award consists of a plaque and $5,000 for the awardee’s research program and/or undergraduate researchers.

Newswise: Teamwork Triumphs at 2020 Illinois Regional Middle School Science Bowl
Released: 26-Mar-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Teamwork Triumphs at 2020 Illinois Regional Middle School Science Bowl
Argonne National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory Educational Programs and Outreach hosted the 2020 Illinois Regional Science Bowl Competition, where 15 different schools competed in trivia across a wide range of STEM topics.

Released: 23-Mar-2020 9:40 AM EDT
Explore Our Virtual Learning STEM Resources
NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Did you know that we have free education resources you can use from home to engage students in science? Explore our Science Education Partnership Award Program projects and Pathways resources to find STEM learning opportunities for pre-K through grade 12.

Newswise: The future of Science Hill
Released: 18-Mar-2020 1:40 PM EDT
The future of Science Hill
University of Georgia

The plan will renovate, rebuild and modernize University of Georgia's STEM research.

Released: 13-Mar-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Cactus Communications partners with global institutions to address academic mental health
Cactus Communications

The Cactus Foundation global survey on mental health in academia, launched in October 2019 by Cactus Communications, a global scholarly, medical communication, and technology solutions company, has already received over 5,000 responses.


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