NOBCChE eBrief
Feb. 12, 2015

The fastest growing STEM major in the US
Fortune
Having trouble finding enough new hires who have been trained to make sense of massive volumes of data? Here's some good news: There will soon be a lot more of them. The number of undergraduates majoring in statistics has nearly doubled in the past four years, shooting up by 95 percent, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics and reported by the American Statistical Association.More

What's different about job searching in 2015
U.S News & World Report
If you're starting a job search in 2015 and haven't been on the market for a while, you might be surprised by how the job market and typical hiring processes have changed in the last 5 to 10 years. Part of this is a function of how the economy has led to more job seekers than there are jobs, part is attributable to changes in technology and part is simply changing norms of what a good hiring process entails. Regardless, it's a different world for job seekers than it was a decade ago.More

Black and Latina women scientists sometimes mistaken for janitors
The Washington Post
In a series of famous studies designed to gauge at what age stereotypes sink into young minds, elementary school students were asked to draw a scientist. Kindergarteners' drawings in these Draw-a-Scientist tests were all over the map. But by second grade, one standard image had firmly taken root: A scientist wore a white lab coat and glasses. And he was always a white man.More

45 ways social media can land you a job
Forbes
If you're a smart job searcher, you have probably researched everything there is to know about resumes, cover letters, interviews and all of the other job-searching basics. But you might not be as familiar with the newest member of the job search family: social media. Sure, most people know how to use social media in their personal lives, but it actually has a lot of power to make or break your job search. Studies have shown that 92 percent of companies are using social media for hiring — and that 3 out of 4 hiring managers will check out a candidate’s social profiles.More

Data scientist: STEM boys club open to women
InformationWeek
It's an established fact that women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math professions, although gender ratios vary considerably by field. For instance, female scientists and engineers are concentrated in the social sciences (58 percent) and biological and medical sciences (48 percent), but have a relatively low participation rate in engineering (13 percent) and computer and mathematical sciences (25 percent), according to 2014 data from the National Science Foundation. So what's it like being a woman in data science?More

How elementary school teachers' biases can discourage girls from math and science
The New York Times
We know that women are underrepresented in math and science jobs. What we don't know is why it happens. There are various theories, and many of them focus on childhood. Parents and toy-makers discourage girls from studying math and science. So do their teachers. Girls lack role models in those fields and grow up believing they wouldn't do well in them. All these factors surely play some role. A new study points to the influence of teachers' unconscious biases, but it also highlights how powerful a little encouragement can be. More

5 tips for women and girls pursuing STEM careers
Oxford University Press Blog
Many attempts have been made to explain the historic and current lack of women working in STEM fields. During her two years of service as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department, from 2009 to 2011, Anne-Marie Slaughter suggested a range of strategies for corporate and political environments to better support women at work. More