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What time do you think it’s safe for me to leave work? Overwork image via www.shutterstock.com

Workaholism isn’t a valid requirement for advancing in science

Despite macho career advice, it's time for scientists – and everyone else – to understand that the point is to work smarter, not longer and to strive for a realistic and livable work/life balance.
The real answer to what the economy might look like in 30-50 years is that none of us really know. Flickr/Bob McCaffrey

The new economy - how do we get there from here?

As Australia leaves the old economy behind, the word we must embrace for the new is "nimble".
Believing “math isn’t for everyone” may steer kids away from tackling the challenge. susanrm8

Beliefs about innate talent may dissuade students from STEM

Kids who think being good at mathematics is just a matter of God-given talent are less likely to pursue math-related fields. But research says this kind of belief is misguided.
Shorten is right to see the importance in science, technology and maths, but his policies don’t have proven efficacy. AAP/Lucas Coch

Labor’s plans for science, technology, maths education well-meaning but misguided

A heavy focus of Bill Shorten's budget reply speech was preparing for the future with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. While this focus is a step in the right direction, the policies probably aren't the right way to go about it.
One study found women twice as likely to be chosen for tenure-track STEM jobs. White coats image via www.shutterstock.com.

Some good news about hiring women in STEM doesn’t erase sex bias issue

Figuring out points along the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math pipeline where women are doing ok can help focus efforts to improve sex ratios where they can make a difference.
How many little girls do you see dressing up as builders or car mechanics? Flickr/theirhistory

Getting in early to avoid gender stereotyping careers

By pre-school children are already thinking about the career they will have when they grow up, and ruling out jobs that do not fit with their gender. We need to get in early to get rid of stereotypes.
Due to shortages of subject specialist teachers, too often teachers are having to teach subjects they don’t know about. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Too many teachers teaching outside their area of expertise

Australia continues to be plagued with high numbers of teachers teaching subjects they are not qualified to teach, according to the latest Australian Council for Education Research report
A truly deep thinker must draw on both science and the humanities. Todd Martin

What’s the role of virtues in the lab?

The evolution of science and engineering in the 21st century has transformed the role of these professions in profound ways that affect research, scholarship and the practice of teaching in the university…
All dressed up with nowhere to go? Joe Hall

STEM postdoc researchers are highly trained, but for what?

The STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics supposedly suffer from a shortage of graduates. Conventional wisdom says there’s no one for employers to hire for science and engineering…
How should you prepare for your number and science exams? Shutterstock

Blitzing your science, technology, maths and engineering exams

With HSC exams coming up, students will be preparing to sit a range of different exams, from English to music to biology to languages. For study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM…

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