Thanks, Sir Tim Hunt

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Last month my first response was outrage when I read Sir Tim Hunt’s remarks about “girls” disrupting science in mixed gender labs by making men fall in love with them and crying when they are criticized. No wonder female undergraduates feel out-of-place and even unwanted in the STEM disciplines, I thought. As a woman who… Read more »

Encouraging the Next Class of STEM Leaders

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Guest blogger: Laura Palumbo Chemistry & Physics Librarian/Science Data Specialist Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ laura.palumbo@rutgers.edu @LauraBPalumbo ________________ The recent post in this blog on the lack of self-efficacy of women in STEM reflects the findings of much of the current literature: that women tend to underestimate their abilities in math and related STEM fields. … Read more »

Tinkering at the Library

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Most of us have heard about self-efficacy being key to academic persistence. But have you heard about “tinkering and technical self-efficacy”? These are important aspects of self-efficacy for engineering students. Unfortunately, there are large populations of potential engineering students who lack belief in their competence in these areas. In a 1997 study of STEM students… Read more »