Women and minorities in physics

2 Mar 2017

Earlier this week, President Trump signed into law two bills that leverage existing programs at NASA and NSF to promote the advancement of women in STEM fields. Trump’s remarks at the signing constituted his first extemporaneous comments on science policy.

31 Oct 2016

The Department of Education released a report that outlines six focus areas that comprise an aspirational vision for U.S. STEM education over the next decade. Meanwhile, a national report card from the department shows science assessment scores for 4th and 8th graders are gradually improving while science achievement gaps between minority and non-minority students are narrowing.

26 Oct 2016

Following a spike in reports of sexual harassment in the sciences, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) has spent the year shining a spotlight on the issue in Congress.

25 Mar 2016

The House easily cleared legislation sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock that would call on NASA to continue three initiatives supporting women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and aerospace, and develop a plan to leverage NASA’s workforce to inspire girls to enter these fields.

27 Jan 2016

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama provided an upbeat vision for the nation’s future that prominently includes American scientific discovery and leadership, also a strong theme of Obama’s past addresses.

11 Dec 2015

Former NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson, known for calculating historic space launch trajectories by hand and shattering gender and racial barriers in science, received the nation’s highest civilian award.

7 Aug 2015

On July 28, Ainissa Ramirez - author, self-described science evangelist, and former Yale University Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science – delivered the 2015 Andrew Gemant public lecture at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) annual meeting, focusing on the importance of teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the idea of “encouraging the Einstein and Edison in everyone.”

22 Mar 2005

The percentage of women holding faculty positions in physics and astronomy is consistent with the percentage of women who earned degrees in those fields in the past, according to a new report by the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics. "The most provocative thing about this report is the finding that women are not under-represented on physics and astronomy faculties, as most people assume," said Dr. Rachel Ivie, the study's author.

5 Oct 2006

A comprehensive new report by a committee of the National Academies, highlighted in FYI #118, finds that women "continue to face impediments to academic careers that do not confront men of comparable ability and training." The report, entitled "Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering," includes eight findings and a series of recommendations targeted at university leaders, department heads and faculty, professional and honorary societies, educational organizations, federal R&am


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