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  • Christine Chang-Gillespie

    ‘Success to me looks like a functioning robot’


    Chang-Gillespie drawn portraitChristine Chang-Gillespie decided she wanted to be an engineer after watching the 1995 film Apollo 13.

    “You know the part where they dump all the stuff on the table, and they’re trying to fix the air filter? They were trying to solve a problem and I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do, and I want to do it at NASA,'” she said.

    Women are historically underrepresented in technology, science and engineering-related disciplines. According to the National Science Foundation, 19.2 percent of engineering, 18.2 percent of computer science and 19.1 percent of physics bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women in 2012. Chang-Gillespie bucked the trend, receiving a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University in 2004, working for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and at Boeing in Seattle.

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  • The Scientist – 2015 Life Sciences Salary Survey

    The Scientist. Article by Kae Zusi and Amanda B. Keener, November 1, 2015

    Average compensation graph

    In the life sciences, having a PhD continues to pay. And according to The Scientist’s 2015 Salary Survey, your chances of being well compensated also increase if you are employed as a full professor in academia; specialize in biotechnology or clinical research; work in industry; have a job in the U.S.; or are male. Each of these populations reported the largest average salaries this year. The highest-paid respondents, earning an average annual income of $198,746, were those holding medical doctorates. Conversely, the lowest-paid group was female professionals reporting from Latin America, who earn just $22,091 on average. In the U.S., the lowest salaries were earned by respondents under age 25—$34,716.

    Since 2014, most average salaries in The Scientist’s annual survey have increased, with some rocketing up more than others. The greatest jumps were seen in biotechnology and clinical research, two areas that also led the pack in 2014 and now tower over other disciplines by a much wider margin. Salary discrepancies are also seen across sectors—with industry researchers making considerably more than academics—and between genders. Clearly, all is not equal in life-science research. Read the entire article at The Scientist

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  • American Physical Society Outreach Mini Grants Call for Proposals

    apslogoThe American Physical Society will award several grants to encourage new outreach activities. Programs to be funded may include not only the more traditional K-12 outreach but also engaging the general public with/in physics and informing them about the importance of physics in their daily lives. APS Membership is not required.


    These grants are to foster new activities and not support ongoing programs or duplicate APS efforts. Current and past APS outreach programs can be found on the PhysicsCentral website. Innovative ideas and new approaches, particularly if they have the potential to lead to sustained activities beyond the duration of the grant, are particularly encouraged. Special consideration will be given to those proposals that are exceptionally innovative and/or have high impact, for example, involvement with public media such as radio, TV, print media, etc.

    Award Amount

    It is expected the grants will be for amounts up to $10,000, however, exceptional proposals for amounts in excess of $10,000 will be considered. Read the entire article at APS Physics

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  • C&EN Article: Subdued Employment Growth Ahead for Chemists

    header_wide_logoC&EN Website, Sophie L. Rovner

    After seven years of turmoil, the economy is stabilizing, but it’s far from robust.

    Consider just one measure of the economy’s health—long-term unemployment, which is still twice as high as it was before the Great Recession. “Right now in the U.S., we have nearly 3 million people who’ve been out of work for at least 27 weeks, and they account for nearly one-third of the total number of unemployed,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in a September speech.

    Chemists and chemical engineers, like their peers in other fields, have seen thousands of jobs evaporate, many never to return. Nor are those cutbacks finished: Reductions announced recently include specialty pharmaceuticals maker Allergan’s plan to lay off 1,500 employees this year and biotech Amgen’s intent to cut as many as 4,000 jobs by 2016.

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  • The American Chemical Society Survey of New Chemistry Graduates 2015


    For more click here New-Grad Salaries & Employment

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  • Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

    logoThe American Association of University Women’s 2010 research report Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics presents in-depth yet accessible descriptions of eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers — including stereotypes, gender bias and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities — that continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The report also includes up to date statistics on girls’ and women’s achievement and participation in these areas and offers new ideas for what each of us can do to more fully open scientific and engineering fields to girls and women. Read the report…

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  • Welcome Back to Earth, NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson

    4216226_origOn March 25, 2014, Swanson and fellow crewmates Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev launched aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket (TMA-12M) from Baikonur, Kazakhstan as members of Expedition 39. The crew docked with the International Space Station on March 27. During his six-month tour of duty aboard the orbiting laboratory, Swanson performed various Earth remote sensing and biology, bone and muscle physiology studies. In May 2014, Swanson assumed command of the station with the departure of Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata. Expedition 40 concluded on September 10 with a safe landing in central Kazakhstan, marking an end to 169 days in space that covered almost 72 million miles in orbit. (Excerpted from biographical data.)


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  • Exceptional Student Work? Publish it in the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

    International Journal IconThe International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities is a peer-­reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors from academic institutions of higher learning. The Journal accepts submissions of research articles, fiction, poetry, photography, videos, and other creative works from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines.

    Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and are published on the Journal website after successful peer review.

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