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Women and people of colour experience “chilly climates” at academic science conferences. (Shutterstock)

Race and gender still an issue at academic conferences

The geosciences are the least diverse of all STEM fields. Inhospitable climates at academic science conferences may be one of the reasons.
Computer scientist and Computing Education Specialist Dr Nicky Ringland meets with Burwood Girls students. Nicky Ringland

Take it from us: here’s what we need in an ambassador for women in science

An ambassador needs to do more than just encourage young girls to enter STEMM, the role must address structural and cultural issues that push women out of the pipeline mid-career.
Students attend the Girls Learning Code computer workshop in Toronto in 2014. Women continue to be woefully under-represented in STEM, and abuse and harassment in the male-dominated field play a major role. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Gender inequality is alive and kicking in technology

So-called experts say there are several practical reasons why so few women are in STEM. Any insider will tell you that the real issue is that women are still victims of outdated stereotypes and abuse.
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius. Marvel Studios

The hidden superpower of ‘Black Panther’: Scientist role models

Seeing black lead characters who are accomplished scientists could be just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics. (Shutterstock)

STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

Universities must train scientists to engage with the ethics of emerging technologies, rather than functioning as cogs in the engine of economic development. Integrating the arts into STEM can help.
Christmas lists usually suggest the latest and greatest technology, but blocks are still the best toy you can buy your child. Shutterstock

Blocks are still the best present you can buy children for Christmas

Blocks probably won't top Christmas wish lists, but they have many benefits including developing fine motor skills, social, cognitive and language skills, and spatial reasoning and language.

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