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In these tough economic times, it is imperative that higher education institutions recruit the best and brightest minds to their trainee and faculty ranks. They must efficiently and effectively create, implement and evaluate innovative programs that will attract a diverse pool of STEM applicants for their institutions. Here are some of the goings-on in the academic world.

Learning To Appreciate Learning This is indeed a lofty goal; but can we attain it? The expression “it takes a village to raise a child” should also apply to education. It does take that village to truly educate a child. But that education must start at home. http://www.evolllution.com/social_responsibility/learning-to-appreciate-learning/

The number of underrepresented minority trainees is woefully low in the STEM fields in the US. According to the data from the National Science Foundation, a mere 6.7% of the science PhD degrees awarded in 2008 went to underrepresented minority candidates (African American, Hispanic and Native Americans). More alarming is the lack of progress in increasing this number, it was 6% in 2000. Read more about the latest study, “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads” at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12984

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) held a unique event, Out to Innovate, a career summit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) professionals in the scientific and technical workforces. Held at the University of Southern California on October 9, 2010, this event brought in professionals in academia, industry, and government and students and postdoctoral scholars from schools and universities across the country. Read more about this inaugural event, http://www.minoritypostdoc.org/view/2010-1-2-roca-NOGLSTP.html

“Graduate Programs Grow Less Diverse Without Racial Preferences, Research Suggests”, Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more, http://chronicle.com/article/Graduate-Programs-Grow-Less/125459/

President Obama said, “By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. That is a goal we can meet.” Is this really a goal we can meet? The United States has lost its long-standing lead with an educated population. How do we fix this? What do the statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development show? Read more about this issue, http://www.quickanded.com/2009/02/obama-on-higher-education.html

Faculty in the STEM fields are rewarded for their record of research and publication with little to no recognition for their work in recruiting and mentoring/retaining trainees and faculty from underrepresented groups. This model is not sustainable. Read more about this, http://chronicle.com/article/We-Need-to-Reward-Those-Who/126591/