The Ellen Pao Case: Gender Discrimination in the Silicon Valley

Women are consistently underrepresented and dismissed in the STEM fields and especially in the Silicon Valley technology companies. Ellen Pao’s case is prime example of the challenges facing women in STEM. Pao is filing a lawsuit against one of the most successful Venture Capitalist firms in Silicon Valley for gender discrimination and retaliation. […]

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Rwanda’s Green Revolution

Rwanda is one of the African countries propelled ahead by the use of science to boost its nation’s food security. As a landlocked country in central Africa, Rwanda has confronted some challenges in the past. Farmers did not have the tools to boost production. In 2006, it was estimated that more than 80% of Rwandans […]

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Minority and Women Scientists and Engineers Honored at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting

Women and minority scientists and engineers were honored at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose. These are all PhDs and researchers in STEM fields representing Nigeria, Sudan and Vietnam. Hearing about the challenges they faced to establish labs, some conducting research in rural areas, given extremely limited resources and in places where women still […]

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Preparing for the AAAS Annual Meeting 2015

Every year, members, supporters and affiliates of the AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science convene to discuss recent developments in science and technology. This year’s theme is Innovation, Information and Imaging and involves examining the changes across all disciplines of science and technology brought about by advancements made in organizing, visualizing and […]

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Why We Need More Scientists in Davos 2015

In a panel titled “A New Era in the Fight against Cancer,” Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette Dichristina talks with José Baselga, Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Richard W. Vague, Professor in Immunotherapy, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. (Benedikt von Loebell/Flickr) The NEF believes that the world needs more […]

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Dr. Nkem Khumbah on the state of STEM in Africa

“Just about every African country, regional community…African leadership institution has talked about science and its role in development…but their conversation around science has not been matched with what they say they will do…we need to go from intent to practical outcome…” Dr. Nkem Khumbah, NEF’s Executive Curator Can you suggest one practical way that an […]

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