STEM diversity

Starting this month, NASA-funded institutions are required to notify the agency whenever they determine a principal or co-investigator has violated policies concerning harassment or assault, or if the personnel are placed on leave due to a harassment investigation. NASA modeled the policy on one first implemented by the National Science Foundation in 2018.

A new National Academies report recommends federal agencies do more to hold grantee institutions and themselves accountable for remedying the persistent underrepresentation of women in STEM fields across disciplines and career stages.

An AIP task force recommends ways to double the number of African American students graduating with physics and astronomy bachelor’s degrees by 2030, including through reforming departmental culture and raising a $50 million endowment to provide financial assistance.

An agreement to renew an expired mandatory funding stream for Minority Serving Institutions will also make it permanent, with advocates praising the deal’s implications for STEM education.

The House Science Committee approved legislation this month dedicated to supporting rural students and educators, the latest in a series of bills it has advanced that aim to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

As Congress struggles to update the Higher Education Act, a mandatory funding stream that supports STEM programs at Minority Serving Institutions has expired.

With a new report, the National Science Board is seeking to raise awareness of jobs that involve substantial STEM skills but do not require four-year degrees. It calls for dispelling negative perceptions of such roles and illuminating the pathways into this “underappreciated” segment of the U.S. workforce.

One year after a landmark National Academies study illuminated the pervasiveness of sexual and gender harassment in the sciences, the House Science Committee approved a bill that adopts several of the report’s recommendations.

To address the persistent underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields, the National Science Foundation has issued a set of major awards through its INCLUDES initiative to scale up promising strategies with a national network of projects.

Amid increasing calls for action from within the scientific community and Congress, some federal agencies and scientific societies have advanced new initiatives to combat sexual harassment in the sciences.