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Top 5 misconceptions about evolution: A guide to demystify the foundation of modern biology.

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Here is an infographic to help inform citizens.  From my experience most people who misunderstand evolution are actually misinformed about what science is and how it operates.  That said, here are five of the biggest barriers faced when one explains evolution - I have faced these and they are documented in the literature.

I hope you can build on my work and improve the communication between the scientists and the public.

Want to do more?  If you want to donate to the cause of science education I suggest the National Center for Science Education http://ncse.com, your local university, or an equivalent organization.  Volunteering at schools and inviting scientists into classrooms are two ways to encourage an informed society.  Attend hearings if school boards start questioning evolution’s role in public curriculum.  Raise a storm if anyone tries to ban science.  Plus, it never hurts to reblog a well made evolution post.

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You can read all about it HERE, and it’s as awesome as it looks and sounds.

From the article:

Made With Code is a new Google initiative to motivate future female programmers. Only 18% of computer science degrees are earned by women, and Google is spending $50 million over the next three years to change those numbers.

More than 150 high school girls turned out for the event, including local chapters of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Black Girls Code and Girls Who Code. Kaling, a writer and actress, emceed the premiere, which brought in Google X Vice President Megan Smith, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, iLuminate creator Miral Kotb, Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and UNICEF Innovation cofounder Erica Kochi.

Source: Mashable

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Women in STEM of WWII - The real “Rosie Riveters”

In most countries women were not permitted to fight on the front lines of the war. Instead, they supported the war effort by learning, training and taking up jobs usually held by men.

These women did a lot more than rivet, they designed, built and tested thousands of aircraft in factories across Canada and the US.  Prior to the war, women would have been mostly banned from taking up such jobs.

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• Mary Anning - fossil collector and paleontologist whose discovreies made fundamental changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.

• Ada Lovelace - mathematician considered to be the world’s first computer programmer.

• Marie Curie - pioneer in the field of radioactivity, as well as the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes in both physics and chemistry.

• Lise Meitner - nuclear physicist who was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission.

• Emmy Noether - mathematician known for her groundbreaking contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. 

• Cecelia Payne - astronomer and astrophysicist who discovered that the universe is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium. 

• Barbara McClintock - cytogeneticist best known for her discovery of transposition which she used to demonstrate that genes are responsible for turning physical characteristics on and off. 

• Grace Hopper - computer scientist who developed the COBOL computer programming language. 

• Rachel Carson - marine biologist, conservationist, and author known for advancing the environmental movement. 

• Dorothy Hodgkin - biochemist who advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography, a method used to determine the three-dimensional structures of biomolecules. 

• Hedy Lamarr - both a popular Hollywood actress and an inventor who contributed to an early technique for frequency-hopping spread spectrum communications which paved the way for today’s wireless communications.

• Rosalind Franklin - biophysicist whose work on X-­ray diffraction images of DNA led to her discovery of DNA double helix and her data was used to formulate Crick and Watson’s 1953 hypothesis.

• Esther Lederberg - microbiologist who devised the first successful implementation of replica plating and helped discover and understand the genetic mechanisms of specialized transduction. 

• Jane Goodall - anthropologist and primatologist known for her extraordinary study of the interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. 

• Jocelyn Bell Burnell - astrophysicist who discovered the first radio pulsars (signals coming from rapidly rotating neutron stars). 

• Mae Jemison - engineer, physician, professor, and former NASA astronaut who became the first African American woman to travel to space.

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Top 5 misconceptions about evolution: A guide to demystify the foundation of modern biology.

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Donate here to support science education.  
National Center for Science Education http://ncse.com

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A reminder to all who haven’t heard: THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS WILL RIDE AGAIN…FUELED BY NETFLIX…IN 2016.

You read that right. Through Netflix’s acquisition of Scholastic, a 26-episode series will kick off in 2016, called The Magic School Bus 360°.

From the announcement via Mashable:

Netflix and Scholastic Media announced in a press statement that the new series will use CGI animation to feature a “modernized Ms. Frizzle” and an “inventive high-tech bus — so it looks like the companies are not afraid to take chances and make mistakes (and probably get messy in the process). The very 21st-century show will also focus on modern tech innovations, including robotics and wearables.

The all-new episodes also leverage advancements in animation, science and technology in a way that will delight a new generation of young viewers, and like its predecessor, will help kids around the world discover the magic and value of exploration and innovation, a press statement reads.

Listen to the original Magic School Bus theme music

The Magic School Bus is the longest-running kids’ science series in history, first airing on PBS in 1994 and continuing in syndication for 18 consecutive years. It has even earned an Emmy Award. (Undoubtedly for Liz the Lizard’s acting.)

Magic School Bus, the old version, is remarkably popular on Netflix, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer told The New York Times. It teaches science in a way that transcends generations.

Scholastic Media has not yet announced if the original Ms. Frizzle, Lily Tomlin, will return to voice the character.

And from a similar announcement via CNN:

To do an animated show that has actually encouraged young people to pursue careers in the sciences or teaching makes us very, very happy.

– Forte, President, Scholastic Media

2016. The Magic School Bus. The original ship of the imagination.

I get so many messages where people tell me they want to pursue science, but they aren’t good at math & it makes me really sad. Math is a skill, and it just needs to be worked at. Bad teachers make it hard, but with extra resources and extra practice you can do. Feeling “bad” at math is often caused by low self-confidence early on, and can stick through life. Math is difficult, but its also beautiful and extremely useful. 

Anyone who feel like they are too bad at math to pursue their dreams, please message me and I will send you all the love and support you need. I can even help with math problems. Just don’t give up. 

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A Video Game That Teaches You How To Code

“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think,” Steve Jobs said in a lost interview from 1995.

But for a beginner, learning to code from scratch can be intimidating.

Enter CodeSpells. UC San Diego computer scientists developed this video game to teach people how to code. The story line is simple: you’re a wizard that uses spells (i.e. code) to navigate through the world, fight off foes, and solve problems.

While experienced coders can delve deep into the programming to create some truly devastating spells, newbies can easily experiment with the simple drag-and-drop coding interface.

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Most known for playing the first major African-American female role on television, Nichelle Nichols has used her fame to advocate for science by recruiting women and underserved candidates for science careers. Despite being in her 80s, she continued this commitment with her flight aboard NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a telescope-bearing Boeing 747 airplane, in September.

The Only Woman in the Computer Science Department

Irene Greif always thought she’d be a teacher. “For one thing,” she told me, “I’d been told by my mother that it was good to be a teacher because you just worked the hours your kids were in school and you could come home.” It had just always been the profession in the back of her mind, the default.

So then it must have been a bit of a shock when, after becoming the first woman ever to receive a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT, Greif discovered that she didn’t really enjoy teaching—she much preferred research. And so eventually she left teaching as a professor and did what she did best: studying, thinking, and figuring systems out. She founded a research field, computer-supported cooperative work, and has spent her life figuring out how to build better systems for humans to work together.

Greif recently retired from IBM, where she’d been since the mid-‘90s, and is hoping to devote some time to encouraging young women to go into STEM fields and coaching them to stick with them—a twist on teaching that she does genuinely like.

Read more. [Image courtesy of Irene Greif]

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14 Disturbing Stats About Racial Inequality in American Public Schools

Comprehensive data released Friday by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights offers a striking glance at the extent of racial inequality plaguing the nation’s education system.

Analysts found that black, Latino and Native American students have less access to advanced math and science courses and are more likely to be taught by first-year instructors than white students. Black and Native American students are also suspended and expelled at disproportionate rates.

For the first time in history, the Education Department also examined school discipline at the pre-K level, finding that black students as young as four years old are already facing unequal treatment from school administrators.

The Education Department released four papers with the data, analyzing inequality in school disciplineearly learningcollege readiness and teacher equity (pdfs). Here’s a breakdown of some of the key findings, taken straight from those papers. During the 2011–12 school year:

  1. Black students accounted for 18 percent of the country’s pre-K enrollment, but made up 48 percent of preschoolers with multiple out-of-school suspensions.

  2. Black students were expelled at three times the rate of white students.

  3. American Indian and Native-Alaskan students represented less than 1 percent of students, but 3 percent of expulsions.

  4. Black girls were suspended at higher rates than all other girls and most boys.

  5. American Indian and Native-Alaskan girls were suspended at higher rates than white boys or girls.

  6. Nearly one in four boys of color, excepting Latino and Asian American students, with disabilities received an out-of-school suspension.

  7. One in five girls of color with disabilities received an out-of-school suspension.

  8. A quarter of the schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students did not offer Algebra II.

  9. A third of these schools did not offer chemistry.

  10. Less than half of American Indian and Native-Alaskan high school students had access to the full range of math and science courses, which consists of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics.

  11. Black and Latino students accounted for 40 percent of enrollment at schools with gifted programs, but only represented 26 percent of students in such programs.

  12. Black, Latino and Native American students attended schools with higher concentrations of first-year teachers (3 to 4 percent) than white students (1 percent).

  13. Black students were more than three times as likely to attend schools where fewer than 60 percent of teachers meet all state certification and licensure requirements.

  14. Latino students were twice as likely to attend such schools.

The Department of Education’s civil rights survey examined all 97,000 public schools in the US, representing 49 million students. Explore the datasets, organized by school, state and district, here.

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These 6-Year-Old Girls Stage a Revolution in the Aisles of Toys R Us
WomenYSK shared in Video, Stem Education and Engineering

This video is brought to us by GoldieBlox, a toy company creating engineering toys for girls founded in 2012 by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University.

“It’s 2013. It’s about time we opened our girls’ minds beyond the pink aisle at the toy store. It’s time to build a new story so our girls can help build our future.”

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Here are some of the photos of the exhibition “Space Girls, Space Women: l'espace à travers le regard des femmes” presented by the photo agency Sipa Press and European Space Agency.
As the title suggests, the exhibition presents the stories of girls and women passionate about space, all around the world. 19 original photo and video stories, showing three generations of women in the context of space, were produced by 11 renowned female photographers. The testimonies of these students, scientists and engineers are so inspirational they can certainly act as role models for many girls who think, or are told that science and technology is just a matter for boys. see and read about them here

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Science students get better grades when they know Einstein and Marie Curie also struggled
Science is hard - even for geniuses.
By Bec Crew

In a recent experiment, students who learned about the struggles and failed experiments of some of the greatest scientists who ever lived got significantly better grades than those who learned only of their accomplishments.

Showing students that the likes of Einstein and Marie Curie had their own personal and intellectual shortcomings - and that yep, science is actually really hard - was enough to elevate them academically, researchers from Columbia University have found.

“In our culture we always say you don’t want to intimidate kids, you don’t want to tell them how hard the work is. We think kids are so fragile,” lead researcher Xiaodong Lin-Siegler told Jenny Anderson at Quartz, adding that this is the exact opposite approach we should be taking. “Tell them the truth. They are resilient.“

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Computer science masterpost

Hey, guys. I’ve decided to make my first study masterpost. This contains great free online courses to improve your coding skills and broaden your knowledge or a guide for a newbie who wants to start learning cs. Many of this recommendations were sent to me by some big tech-companies to help me to prepare for the interviews. Generally, it would be a great addition to classes taken at college. 

Introduction

Object-oriented Programming Languages

Discrete math

Algorithms and data structures

Operating systems 

Parallel programming

Computer Science sub-fields