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Should women seek male mentors?
Fast Company
When you’re seeking to go further in your career, one of the most fundamental pieces of advice is to find a good mentor. But, for women, even that kind of basic professional relationship isn’t without complications. Some recent research finds that a surprising number of women either don’t have access to mentoring programs or don’t seek them out. A 2014 survey by ORC International sponsored by financial services firm Edward Jones found that just 30 percent of Americans have access to formal mentorship and sponsorship programs in their workplaces. Of that, just 18 percent of women who have access to the programs take advantage of them.
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Why minorities in Silicon Valley don't talk about diversity
Talent Management
It seems everyone is talking about the lack of diversity in science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — fields, which are heavily dominated by white and Asian males. What’s surprising is the few women, blacks and Hispanics in the field who are joining in the chatter. What’s not surprising is why they’re keeping quiet — engineers recently reported that advocating for diversity was equivalent to a death sentence for their career.
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1990s protectionism: Why foreign PhDs leave the USA
Science 2.0
In all of the money and outreach trying to convince more Americans to become scientists, what is most often left out is we train lots of scientists that we then force to return home, where they become competitors to America. The origin of the student visa versus work visa problem we now face was a cultural mythology that was created, stating that companies would somehow pay foreign STEM graduates less, in defiance of state laws, federal laws, and ethics, unless they were forced to hire U.S. citizens. Because of that, union lobbyists got the American work visa process tightened up, in the belief that it would force American companies to hire people born in the US. Instead, businesses followed the work force back to Asia.
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Superconductivity record broken with rotten-egg smelling compound
Scientific American
For nearly 30 years, the search for a room-temperature superconductor has focused on exotic materials known as cuprates, which can carry currents without losing energy as heat at temperatures up to 164 Kelvin, or –109 ˚C. But scientists say that they have trumped that record using the common molecule hydrogen sulphide. When they subjected a tiny sample of that material to pressures close to those inside Earth’s core, the researchers say that it was superconductive at 190 K (–83 ˚C).
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How to use holiday downtime to advance your career
Fast Company
Often during the holidays we have some extra time on our hands. Without work, college, or other distractions, we can take the time to catch up on our year and look ahead to next year. For Hailley Griffis, the most important goals for the coming year are always career oriented. Griffis finds when she's happy with her career, personal development, and overall professional growth, everything else seems to come into place. She sees more friends, have more time to exercise and focus on hobbies, and is just happier. Here’s how everyone can make the most of this holiday season to get ready for our careers in 2015.
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5 keys to out-shining the competition in an interview
The Huffington Post
Every year, Lisa Abeyta participates in mock interviews with college students who are getting ready to graduate. It's an excellent program that provides students with an opportunity to polish up their skills and gain valuable insight before beginning their job search. Here are five useful tips for anyone who might be prepping for that big interview.
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Physics and chemistry explain all the different shapes of snowflakes
Business Insider
In the Northern Hemisphere at least, the idealized vision of Christmas involves snow. Whilst no one snowflake is exactly the same as another, at least on a molecular level, scientists have none-the-less devised a system of classification for the many types of crystals that snow can form. The included graphic shows the shapes and names of some of the groups of this classification.
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Molecular 'hats' allow in vivo activation of disguised signaling peptides
When someone you know is wearing an unfamiliar hat, you might not recognize them. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using just such a disguise to sneak biomaterials containing peptide signaling molecules into living animals. When the disguised peptides are needed to launch biological processes, the researchers shine ultraviolet light onto the molecules through the skin, causing the "hat" structures to come off. That allows cells and other molecules to recognize and interact with the peptides on the surface of the material.
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