Speaker highlights gender inequity in STEM fields

first_imgThe University’s physics department hosted a colloquium on Wednesday featuring Elizabeth Simmons, a distinguished professor of physics at Michigan State University, who gave a talk entitled “Moving Toward Gender Equity in STEM.”The first part of Simmons’s lecture focused on the context of the situation and the current statistics on women pursing education and careers in STEM fields. To do so, Simmons used graphical data and research results called a “scissors plot” that illustrated the sharp decline in the percentage of women who pursue degrees and advanced degrees in STEM fields, particularly physics, despite the nearly 50-50 gender divide in background high school science classes.“This is a problem for physics, and this is a problem for STEM, because we are losing talent at a time when more and more of the really interesting jobs in the country require you to know something about science, and there are more and more jobs in the scientific and technological fields,” she said. “People are being cut out of these opportunities.”Simmons said the gender difference in STEM fields is also illustrated by the discrepancies between the resources provided to men and women. Women tend to have less access to professional resources like funding, lab space, equipment, travel money and clerical support, she said.“This certainly is placing the women at a disadvantage in terms of career advancement,” she said.Some of the causes that contribute to this type of environment in the STEM disciplines — such as implicit bias, gender schemas and stereotype threats — promote judgments and viewpoints that produce different treatments of differing genders, Simmons said.“Regardless of our own gender, we are all prone to unconscious bias to unconscious assumptions about what it means to be a certain gender … and what it is appropriate for a certain gender to do, or to act like, or to feel like,” she said.Moreover, Simmons said there are multiple possible solutions to the bias issues that contribute to gender inequity in STEM. For example, the situation could be improved if institutional leaders and department heads were made aware of implicit biases, emphasized how diversity could help achieve the goals important to the institution and made their processes more clear and transparent, she said. Such work could also be improved through professional societies that offer professional development opportunities for women, she said.“You take longer to match ‘women’ with ‘physicist’ than ‘men’ with ‘physicist,’ for example. It’s not that you might rationally think that makes any sense, but we’ve been given these cultural predispositions,” Simmons said.However, bias is not the sole issue women in STEM face — family life, namely marriage and parenthood, greatly influences a woman’s probability of receiving a tenured job or pursing a career in research, Simmons said.“A married man with a child has 50 percent greater chance of landing a tenure-tracked job in any given year than a married woman with a young child,” she said.This discrepancy largely stems from the number of hours spent on work, Simmons said. On average, the hours spent on caregiving rises sharply and more dramatically for women than it does for men after having children. Simmons said the added caregiving hours make it difficult to maintain a previously high number of career work hours, and it calculates to working about a day less per week after having children.Simmons said this situation would improve if employers promoted gender-neutral parental leave, clearly advertised parental leave as an entitlement and scheduled meetings during regular business hours.“You can build up that culture [in the workplace] over time, and it’s really important,” she said.Simmons also said many women in STEM fields tend to avoid negotiation, a habit that stems from women’s possible uncertainty on what they “deserve” and desire to avoid harming work relationships. As a result, women tend to ask for less, subsequently receive less and ask in an “interest-based” manner, she said.Simmons defined an “interest-based” negotiation as one in which a person determines their underlying motivations and needs and the motivations and needs of the other person to see where they match in order to figure out a mutually beneficial solution.“If I [as a dean] didn’t know what [employees] need to be successful, even if I managed to hire them, I might not be able to retain them,” Simmons said.To conclude her lecture, Simmons said there are further equity challenges, in addition to gender equity, facing STEM fields. The most acutely affected demographics are those of intersecting identities, such as females of racial minority groups and LBGT groups.“These intersectional identities are on the receiving end of much more exclusionary or harassing behavior,” she said.Tags: family life, gender equity, gender inequality, Physics, STEMlast_img read more

Matilda Will Swing Around the Country with National Tour

first_img Directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Tony winner Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tony nominee Tim Minchin. Matilda features choreography by Peter Darling, set and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Simon Baker. Jill Paice Related Shows Lesli Margherita Matilda received four Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Gabriel Ebert, Best Scenic Design of a Musical and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls who shared the title role. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Matilda Take a look at the musical’s performance on the Tony Awards telecast below. Star Files Matilda continues its run at the Shubert Theatre, where it opened on April 11, 2013. The Broadway cast includes Chris Hoch as Miss Trunchbull, Jill Paice as Miss Honey, Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, and Ava Ulloa in the title role, Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood, Ebert as Mr. Wormwood and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps. Gabriel Ebert The Tony-nominated Best Musical Matilda will swing its way into a town near you as the crowd-pleasing tuner launches a national tour. The production kicks off at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in May 2015, and will make stops in San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas. No word yet on casting. Additional tour cities to be announced soon.last_img read more

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Richard III Movie

first_img View Comments Cumberbatch of course, is not just a detective that wins everyone’s hearts, or a major movie star with huge buzz around his upcoming turn as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and credits in films such as 12 Years A Slave, August: Osage County and Star Trek: Into Darkness. He’s also a bona fide stage star. For his performance in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein, Cumberbatch won the “Triple Crown of London Theatre:” the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor. He has also appeared in productions of Hedda Gabler and After the Dance. “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life,” said Cumberbatch. Co-incidentally, his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman, is tackling Richard III in London’s West End this summer.center_img Benedict Cumberbatch is facing a winter of discontent. The Sherlock star, who will be treading the boards as Hamlet in London in 2015, is also taking on another Shakespeare classic: Richard III. According to Variety, Cumberbatch will play the evil king in an upcoming film for BBC 2, directed by Dominic Cooke and adapted by Ben Power.last_img read more

ExxonMobil warns of possible 20% writedown in oil and gas assets

first_imgExxonMobil warns of possible 20% writedown in oil and gas assets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Exxon Mobil Corp. warned that low energy prices may wipe as much as one-fifth of its oil and natural gas reserves off the books.If depressed prices persist for the rest of the year, “certain quantities of crude oil, bitumen and natural gas will not qualify as proved reserves at year-end 2020,” the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. A 20% hit would impact the equivalent of almost 4.5 billion barrels of crude, or enough to supply every refinery on the U.S. Gulf Coast for 18 months.The company’s massive Kearl oil-sands mine in Alberta was the only specific asset singled as a potential victim of any year-end revision. Imperial Oil Ltd., which is about 70% owned by Exxon and run as a subsidiary, said in a separate filing that an undetermined portion of Kearl’s reserves may be imperiled.Exxon isn’t waiting until the traditional end-of-year period to reassess reserves. After slashing its drilling budget by $10 billion to cope with the virus-driven market collapse, the company on Wednesday said it removed about 1 billion barrels from its books. Most of that involved shale fields, according to the filing.Exxon’s last significant reserves revision was in 2016, when it removed some of its oil-sands assets in Canada from its books, though it later added some of these back.[Kevin Crowley and Joe Carroll]More: Exxon says 20% of oil, gas reserves threatened by low priceslast_img read more

Palm Beach Legal Aid honored by Bar General Practice Section

first_img October 15, 2002 Regular News Palm Beach Legal Aid honored by Bar General Practice Section Palm Beach Legal Aid honored by Bar General Practice Section The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., was recently selected as this year’s recipient of the Bar’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Pro Bono Award.The Legal Aid Society was recognized for its “outstanding service and significant accomplishments” in providing pro bono legal aid to the indigent, according to Jerry Curington, chair of the section’s Pro Bono Award Committee.The two runners-up were the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program and Community Law Program.The first place award comes with a $3,000 grant and the runners-up receive $1,000 each. In the past these grants have been used by the pro bono organizations to acquire computers and software, to conduct legal clinics, to recruit and train volunteer lawyers, to create and produce forms, manuals and video tapes, and to otherwise serve the legal needs of Florida’s poor. Since the inception of the award in 1990, the section has awarded a total of $39,500 to the different winners and runners-up.The pro bono award was established in recognition of Bill Jacob, a former General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section chair and long-time member of its executive council.last_img read more

Brown’s gamble

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Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Extend Stay-at-Home Orders to Seven Additional Counties, 33 Counties Now Ordered to Stay Home

first_imgGov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Extend Stay-at-Home Orders to Seven Additional Counties, 33 Counties Now Ordered to Stay Home Press Release,  Public Health Counties Added: Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon, SomersetGovernor Wolf’s Amended OrderSecretary of Health’s Amended OrderStay at Home GuidanceAs COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon and Somerset counties, bringing the state total to 33 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and will continue until April 30. Yesterday, all stay-at-home orders were extended through April 30. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect.The order now includes these 33 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court orderTravel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthAnyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.The following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure OrdersNews mediaLaw enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefightersThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.Read Governor Wolf’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Governor Wolf’s amended order here or view on Scribd.Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s amended order here or view on Scribd.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.View this information in Spanish here. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 31, 2020last_img read more

FRC reworks stewardship definition in more demanding Code

first_imgThe UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has unveiled the final version of the new Stewardship Code, confirming that investors would face “substantially higher” standards as its signatories.Expectations have changed since the Code was last revised in 2012 and there have been “significant developments in sustainable and responsible investment and stewardship”, which the 2020 Code reflected, it said.Simon Dingemans, chair of the watchdog, said the new framework was “a step-change”.“It is an ambitious revision that strengthens the UK’s standards of governance, transparency and clear reporting,” he said. “We are looking for widespread adoption by the investment community, reinforcing the attractiveness of the UK as a place to do business and delivering real benefits to the economy, the environment and society more broadly.” Key changes, according to the FRC, include an extended focus that takes in asset owners and service providers as well as asset managers, and a requirement to report annually on stewardship activity and its outcomes.“Signatories’ reports will show what has actually been done in the previous year, and what the outcome was, including their engagement with the assets they invest in, their voting records and how they have protected and enhanced the value of their investments,” said the FRC. “This greater transparency will allow clients to see how their interests are being served.”Signatories will also be expected to take environmental, social and governance factors, including climate change, into account. As trailed, they will also be expected to explain how they exercise across asset classes beyond listed equity, which has been the focus so far, and in relation to investments outside the UK.Those adopting the Code will also need to explain their organisation’s purpose, investment beliefs, strategy and culture.FRC commended for engagement effortFaith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel Pension Partnership, one of the UK’s eight local authority pension fund asset pools, said it welcomed the new Code, and that the FRC should be commended for having carried out a “phenomenal” amount of engagement with the investment industry. “Additional transparency is absolutely the right direction of travel.” Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel Pension PartnershipThe additional transparency called for by the new framework would help increase accountability on specific actions and outcomes from stewardship activities and whether these delivered real change, she said.“This will bring some short-term pain in terms of increasing the workload, but in the long-term this is absolutely the right direction of travel.” A slightly sceptical reaction came from Martin Webster, partner at Pinsent Masons, who said that despite encouraging elements, “it is questionable whether it does enough to remove the risk of boilerplate reporting”.“And, with at least half the value of the UK stock market held by overseas investors, it is unclear how much notice they will take of these new, more onerous, but still voluntary provisions.”Stewardship definition tensionArguably the most challenging item the FRC had to deal with in finalising the new version of the Code was the definition of stewardship, which it has revised from that proposed in its consultation earlier this year.The new code defines it as: “The responsible allocation, management and oversight of capital to create long-term value for clients and beneficiaries leading to sustainable benefits for the economy, the environment and society”.This adds an explicit reference to the environment, and specifies that the value to be delivered for clients and beneficiaries should be long-term.center_img “The FRC has landed in a good place”Ingrid Holmes, head of policy and advocacy at Hermes Investment ManagementIngrid Holmes, head of policy and advocacy at Hermes Investment Management, said the end result was positive.“We went back and forth on this debate for months and months,” she told IPE. “The FRC has landed in a good place.“What the FRC has done with the new definition is to basically create a sub-clause around the idea of economy and society affecting outcomes for clients, which helps people feel more comfortable around what might have been potential fiduciary conflict.”The draft 2020 Stewardship Code defined stewardship as “the responsible allocation and management of capital across the institutional investment community, to create sustainable value for beneficiaries, the economy and society”. The UK’s asset management association rejected this definition, saying it conflicted with managers and owners’ fiduciary duty.Nearly all of the 102 respondents to the consultation commented on the proposed definition, with half saying that the primary purpose of stewardship was to deliver financial returns for clients, and a third commenting that having regard to the economy and society in investment decision-making was necessary to properly fulfil their fiduciary duty.One asset owner expressed “a little” disappointment about the final definition, but said the FRC had tried to find a sensible compromise and had ended up with a pragmatic solution.Industry associations react Andrew Ninian, director for stewardship and corporate governance at the Investment Association:“The revised Stewardship Code […] places a new emphasis on the importance of stewardship in creating sustainable value for savers, not just in listed companies, but across bonds, private equity and infrastructure – a move which is welcomed by the IA and its members.“The most significant change will come from the new reporting requirements, enabling investment managers to demonstrate the tangible change their engagement with companies can bring and allowing savers and investors to judge the outcomes they deliver on their behalf.” Caroline Escott, investment and stewardship policy lead at the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA): “It is absolutely right […] that the Code is aligned to regulations elsewhere in explicitly referring to ESG factors – including climate change. We also support the shift in the Code to more explicitly cover asset classes beyond equity and its applicability to service providers, which play a key role in supporting schemes to make sound investment decisions.“We are also pleased that the FRC has recognised the importance of collective engagement to good stewardship, and that this has retained its prominence in the new Code – as called for by the PLSA and many of our members.”last_img read more

Bilinga beach house built to make the most of the ocean vistas

first_img307A Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.An old beach shack once stood on the 479sq m block but owners David Williams and Caroline Seymour decided to replace it with a modern home when they bought it in 2007.“It was probably a six month design process and six month build,” Mr Williams said.“It is a bit unique for that particular area, there’s not a lot of modern homes there.”They moved into the four-bedroom, three bathroom tri-storey house with their two children in 2008.It was later named a finalist in the 2009 REIQ House of the Year Awards. This Bilinga beach house is going to auction on July 21. What a kitchen.An open kitchen, living and dining area is at the heart of the home on the ground floor.The floor seamlessly flows onto multiple alfresco areas and patios where there is a saltwater pool and outdoor shower.Another house stands between the Golden Four Drive property and the beach.But, it still has direct beach access through a backyard gate and path on the left side of the other residence.Mr Williams said they loved the home and it would be sad to say goodbye but their children’s school and sporting commitments had forced them to make the tough decision to sell.They planned on moving further north. The outdoor entertaining area.While they don’t plan on building their next house, Mr Williams said it had been a great experience.“We really enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s a home we’re very proud of.”It also has ducted airconditioning, a back-to-base security system, video intercom entry, two 5000L underground water tanks, motorised storm shutters, and motorised internal blinds on the ground and top levelsTugun Village and the shopping, dining and entertaining precincts of Kirra and Coolangatta are close by.center_img 307A Golden Four Drive, Bilinga is going under the hammer on July 21.DREAMING of waking up to a breathtaking ocean view?This Bilinga beach house was built to make the most of the ocean vistas expanding before it. Relax outside by the pool.Mr Williams said the best part about their modern industrial style home was that the ocean could be seen from every level.“Every bedroom has ocean views,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“From the top level, we’ve got 270 degree views, from Mount Warning right down to Snapper Rocks.”The home’s top floor is dedicated to the master bedroom, which has an ensuite, study and two balconies.The remaining three bedrooms are on the second floor with an upstairs living area and bathroom.last_img read more

Moyes right man – Pallister

first_img Little wonder some observers have started to question Moyes’ suitability to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, even if most match-going fans are sticking with the Scot for now. Pallister is too, having been convinced Moyes was the right man to inherit one of the biggest jobs in the game, even if he had never won a major trophy. And, once Moyes gets in the men he wants to strengthen his squad, the former United defender is confident he will prove it. Speaking at the launch of the 2014 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, Pallister said: “He will get it right. “I can understand why people are writing Manchester United off but I am not going to change my mind. “For me David Moyes was the right man to take over the job. I still think that. “You have to give him time to understand what the club is all about. “Sir Alex Ferguson said you have to give him time. Everybody understood that. Press Association Gary Pallister insists Manchester United got it right by appointing David Moyes as manager. “A big transition is taking place. It is not something that is going to happen overnight.” Indeed, Pallister has not given up on United’s clinching a top-four spot, especially since the club record £37.1million arrival of Juan Mata. “Mata is a great signing,” said Pallister. “He will have a terrific career at Manchester United. “I am sure once he gets used to the new players and they get used to him, they will create a lot more chances than they have done previously. “It hasn’t gone to plan so far but there are still enough games left to make it a good season. “We have every chance of getting a top-four slot and a good game coming up against Olympiacos in a few weeks with a great chance of getting through to the following rounds of the Champions League. “Then in the summer I think he will buy more players. “Manchester United will be back. I am certain of that, vying at the top of the league and looking for trophies.” However, Pallister does acknowledge this season’s problems are a new experience for an entire generation of United fans, who have known nothing but success. He does though. For when the 48-year-old signed for the club from Middlesbrough in 1989, they were in the middle of what would have been their worst season since they were relegated had it not been for that 1990 FA Cup win, after which Ferguson enjoyed so much success. “I remember my first year at Manchester United,” said Pallister. “At one stage we were a defeat away from going into the relegation zone. “We got so much stick for being the size of club we were and not winning the championship for 26 years. “The the senior professionals, Bryan Robson and Mal Donaghy, told the young lads to keep doing their jobs and it would come right. “Ryan Giggs was one of those young lads then. Now he will be imparting that same experience to people like Adnan Januzaj, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.” United are enduring a desperate campaign, crashing out of both domestic cup competitions in surprising circumstances and suffering their eighth Premier League defeat of the season at Stoke on Saturday. That result has left the Red Devils seven points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool, with their chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League fading fast. last_img read more

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