By Beryl Lieff BenderlyJul. 11, 2018 , 2:55 PM At the May launch event for the latest report about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduate training, the chair of the report committee didn’t mince words. The current training system, said Alan Leshner, CEO emeritus of AAAS (which publishes Science Careers), “works well for the PIs [principal investigators], institutions, and federal agencies that get relatively cheap labor and churn out lots of papers in top journals—but it doesn’t work well for students.” The report, issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, offers a bracing alternative vision of the student-centered “ideal graduate STEM education” that aspiring scientists should, by rights, experience. It fails, however, to show a path toward producing the reforms that would make the current system provide what students need. It thus presents an implicit warning for anyone currently … [Read more...] about What’s the way forward to reform graduate training?
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TUCSON, Ariz. - It was not the graduation ceremony Sarahi Avalos thought she would experience when she started high school -- but this celebration it is one she and her fellow graduates have earned a thousand times over.“Unbelievable. I thought I’d never make it,” Avalos said.She is fighting cancer, and her treatments have been so intense that she was not able to attend class at school. Avalos had to finish her classes from Diamond Children’s Medical Center at Banner UMC. Avalos is one of five teens honored in a ceremony inside the hospital Thursday. Other honorees included Maiya Harris, Garrett Nesbitt, Austin Thacker, and Christopher Tom. Tom still has trouble balancing after doctors removed a malignant brain tumor last year.“That ability to make it through is called the essence of resilience,” Tom said in a speech at the ceremony. “By showing life that we can take whatever it throws at us, we're doing what it takes to be … [Read more...] about Why five brave students graduated at a hospital
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced Monday she will boycott the UC Berkeley graduation ceremony, where she was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech, due to a massive union-backed labor strike that forced the rescheduling of over 12,000 surgeries, cancer treatments, and appointments. Harris tweeted, “If we are going to live up to our ideals as a nation, it’s critical we focus on economic equality and economic justice. One key is making sure everyone has access to a good job, with fair wages, and safe working conditions.”According to the San Francisco Chronicle, campus chancellor Carol Christ will address the nearly 6,000-strong graduating study body in Harris’s place at Cal’s Memorial Stadium Saturday morning. UC Berkeley announced Monday: “We regretfully share the news that, after much consideration, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris has decided not to speak at Saturday’s commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley due to a UC-wide speaker boycott … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris Cancels as Cal Graduation Speaker over Union Protests
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A white graduate student at Yale called police on a black graduate student who had fallen asleep in a common area of their campus residence -- an episode that a dean said shows the need for efforts to make the Ivy League university a more inclusive place. Lolade Siyonbola posted two videos of Monday's encounter on her Facebook page, including part of a conversation with the white student who told her she was calling police after finding her on a couch in the room at Yale's Hall of Graduate Studies on the New Haven campus. After questioning Siyonbola for more than 15 minutes, police confirmed she was a Yale student who lived in the building and then left. Police told her the encounter was prolonged because her name was not spelled correctly in a database of student information. Siyonbola did not immediately respond to emails and messages on social media requesting comment. She expressed gratitude Tuesday on her Facebook page for "the love, kind words and … [Read more...] about White graduate student calls police on black student sleeping in Yale dorm
While the tech industry offers some of the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in the U.S., obtaining one is still out of reach for many Americans. Particularly for those who are looking to make a career change, it’s expensive. Tuition for six-month coding schools can run upwards of $10,000, and some graduates still have to complete an internship or two before employers will consider them for an entry-level job engineering job. Enter Lambda School, a nearly year-old startup that aims to remove some of the traditional barriers that have scared students away from coding schools in the past. Today, Lambda School announced that it has closed a $4 million seed round, led by Y Combinator and Tandem Capital. The school has also graduated its first batch of 20 students from its software engineering course — five of whom already have job offers a week after graduation. VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech channel invites you to join us and other senior business leaders at … [Read more...] about Lambda School, where students don’t pay until they land a $50,000 tech job, graduates its first class