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Equity in STEAM Education

8232Science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education is crucial to helping students find a path to success. Explore the importance of STEAM to the innovation economy as well as how to best to ensure equity in education with panelists Karen Flammer of UC San Diego, Dalouge Smith of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Heather Lattimer of the University of San Diego and Francisco Escobedo, the Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District. This engaging conversation kicks off the Sally Ride STEAM Series – honoring the legacy of Sally Ride and looking to the future of STEAM education.

Watch Equity in STEAM Education — Sally Ride Science STEAM Series

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The Importance of Mentoring Women and Minority Faculty

Ever since the late 1970’s women have outnumbered men in college enrollments. That number has been steadily increasing to reach a male to female ratio of 43.6 to 56.4 in public universities and a nearly 40-60 split in private universities, based on 2008 enrollment data from the Digest of Education Statistics.

If women have consistently outnumbered men in college student populations for decades, why are the faculties of colleges dominated by men?

Dr. Shirley Malcom, head of Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science visits the University of California Office of the President to give a lecture in part with UC ADVANCE PAID, a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), that enables campuses to recruit, retain and advance more women and underrepresented minority women faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Watch as Dr. Malcom discusses “The Importance of Mentoring Women and Minority Faculty at Every Career Stage,” making the case that universities need to have a faculty that reflects the student population, meaning that they should be as diverse as the student body they teach.

Be sure to catch other videos in the series, Mentoring Faculty in an Inclusive Climate: Supporting Women and URM STEM Faculty at UC.

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Stereotype Threat Up Close: See It, Fix It

Stereotype threat is the experience of anxiety in a situation where a person has the potential to confirm a negative stereotype about his or her social group. In school, stereotype threat can cause underrepresented students to perform below their potential. It can cause them to focus less on learning and more on the worrisome prospect of performing poorly.

The sting of stereotype threat can be felt by anyone: male or female, black or white, Asian or Latino, young or old. But when the threat is chronic, it can contribute to enduring patterns of inequality in school and beyond.

What can be done to reverse the effects of stereotype threat?

Claude Steele, social psychologist and dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, illuminates the experience of stereotype threat and highlights the powerful ways we can diminish it and close the achievement gap between groups.

Watch “Stereotype Threat Up Close: See It, Fix It,” presented by the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at UC Santa Barbara.

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Education Gets an ‘A’ on YouTube

Expanding your educational horizons might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of YouTube. Since 2005, the online video provider has been entertaining us with videos about our beloved pets, fierce passion for our favorite celebrities, and mischievous kids. Today’s most popular YouTube video is a parody of Korean pop star Psy’s hit “Gangnam Style” that- with its “invisible horse dance,” sexualization of the cat cow yoga pose, and fake snow scene- seems like a parody itself.

Well, move over Psy, because there’s a new trend on YouTube. According to NPR, educational videos have been viewed 70% more this summer than last. Perhaps the rising cost of education has something to do with it, or simply the greater availability of education content. Whatever the reason, UCTV, which has partnered with YouTube since 2006, is glad to be at the forefront of this exciting, growing demand for knowledge.

Want to learn how to garden? Get up to speed on climate change? Hear from the U.S. Supreme Court Justices? Whatever your interests may be, we have over 5,000 videos and 70 subject playlists on our UCTV YouTube Channel, as well as our website and iTunesU.

This past March we were honored to become the first university to partner with YouTube on their original channels initiative. Earlier this year we launched UCTV Prime, which features collections of short mini-series on topics like obesity, the 2012 election, public art, and science fiction.

Will UCTV videos ever surpass the 3 million hits per day that Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video gets? We can hope (and our viral video hit “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” is at 2.7 million and growing)! In the meantime, we’ll be busy fulfilling our mission of providing in-depth content that informs, educates and enriches the lives of people around the globe — and we thank you for being there right along with us!

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Science Fiction Goes to School!

Want to know more about the science fiction studies program at UC Riverside discussed in “It Came from Riverside (Ep. 3): Science Fiction Goes to School?” Well, here you go!

Rob Latham, UC Riverside

Rob Latham, a professor of English and senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies, certainly believes that UC Riverside is the developing center for science fiction studies in the world.

The Eaton Collection is central to this idea, but the university is also in the process of establishing an undergraduate and graduate degree program in science fiction and technoculture.

“UCR is one of the very few universities in the world to have a major library archive in science fiction and a substantial cohort of researchers, writers, and teachers whose work engages with science fiction and technoculture studies,” Latham says.

Latham joined UCR in 2008 as part of the initiative to build an SF program. In 2010 [SF writer] Nalo Hopkinson was hired in Creative Writing and this year Sherryl Vint joins the English department.

“Now that we have the three science fiction specialists on faculty, the task in 2012-2013 is to put together, at the graduate level, a certificate program (called at UCR a Designated Emphasis) in Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies. Soon afterwards, the program would also likely develop an undergraduate minor,” Latham explained.

UCR is home to the annual Eaton Science Fiction Conference, which is devoted to the study of all aspects of science fiction as a literary genre and social phenomenon. Last May, the university also hosted the symposium of science fiction and technology.

“Since our goal is to establish a degree program in the field, this one-day symposium [was] geared to address issues relevant to graduate- and undergraduate-level research and teaching in science fiction and technoculture. Our hope is that ideas seeded at this event will find fruition in future academic initiatives at UCR,” Latham said.

“It Came from Riverside (Ep. 3): Science Fiction Goes to School”

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