The shortage of Ph.D.s in the technology industry would be less acute if so many did not stay in academia, Gary McDowell writes. Cultural biases push students toward research careers, despite the lack of tenured positions for most Ph.D.s, he writes.
Getting more young women into science, technology, engineering and math careers can only help address the growing need for STEM-trained workers, writes Lisa Hook, president and CEO of Neustar. She adds that greater diversity in the workplace has been shown in research to improve efficiency, and that companies should consider getting involved in school programs that will inspire girls to consider a future in STEM careers.
A recent op-ed in the Washington Times misstated the economics of wind energy, writes Paul Holshouser, finance policy manager with the American Wind Energy Association. The industry has grown by 30% on average annually for the past five years, and creates jobs in rural areas, he writes. "As a result, 80,000 Americans are now employed in the industry, and the wind component-manufacturing chain encompasses 550 facilities spread across 44 states. Because of the size and complexity of each wind turbine, these jobs are well-paid and won't be outsourced," Holshouser writes.
Students participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Challenge in Fort Myers, Fla., were tasked with a challenge: drop an egg at least from the second story of a building into a tub of water without breaking the egg. The winning team ultimately devised a plan using everyday items such as a plastic bag, duct tape, springs and a 2-liter bottle.
Legislative conversations in Utah this year often have centered on science, technology, engineering and math education in the state's schools. Amid concerns that STEM was overshadowing other subjects, lawmakers have been taking a closer look at STEM initiatives to determine which are essential for preparing students for STEM careers.