OCN 750 Class #4: January 30 • Housekeeping/Announcements • Diversity in STEM: national level • Break • Diversity in STEM: local level • Upcoming assignments; Mini-Reflections
Announcements & Housekeeping Welcome, Eric! … and introductions by all Assignments Due Today Project Proposal –share short project descriptions/titles w/class? Readings Late policy – Late assignments not accepted unless previously arranged. Fern E.S. Career Day: this Friday, noon – 2:30 pm. Any questions or comments? Barb?
Benefits of Outreach (~your words) • “How might participating in outreach events benefit your career? “ • You mentioned some things that don’t just benefit you: • Get students interested in my job • Collaborate with local teachers • Create a more scientific-literate public • Reminder of how science affects the community • For the good of humanity! • Service to local and national communities is part of being a scientist
National Science Foundation Merit Review Criteria • What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity? • What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
Broader Impacts • Advancement of discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training and learning • Participation of underrepresented groups • Enhancement of infrastructure for research and education • Dissemination of results to enhance scientific and technological understanding • Benefits to society Any proposal that does not address these criteria in the Project Summary will be returned without review.
Suggested Ground Rules (for this class and beyond) • Continue to participate as you feel comfortable. • Speak from the “I perspective.” • There are no dumb questions. • Confidentiality – keep what’s said by others private. • We are just beginning discussions … can revisit later.
Underrepresented groups: NSF statistics U.S. Residents, 2008 Scientists and engineers, 2006
Diversity in SOEST vs Hawai‘i Demographics of SOEST Student Majors [University of Hawai‘i Institutional Research Office, 2010] and the State of Hawai‘i [U.S. Census Bureau, 2010] 1Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
Underrepresented groups: NSF statistics Among all US Citizens, 12% have some disability.
Underrepresented groups: NSF statistics • Recap: what does “underrepresented” mean? (via NSF) • # in field < # in general population (US) • women • people with disabilities • 3 racial/ethnic groups • blacks • Hispanics • American Indians • * What does “underrepresented” mean on a STATE level? * Source: “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2011” http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/pdf/nsf11309.pdf
Why? • Why is the STEM field less diverse than the population? • Why is diversity important?
Discussion Groups • Group A: • Christine, Jessica, Bryan, Arjun, Lydia, Anela • Group B: • Ben, Kristin, Sean, Nick, Max, Mariko, Heather • Group C: • Jackie, Francois, Amanda, Matt, Emily, David Bertrand and Mullainathan 2004 (Emily/Greg vs. Lakisha/Jamal) Moss-Racusin et al. 2012 (science faculty’s gender biases)
Questions for Discussion • What are the major findings of each study? “Best” figure? • How do you think these findings impact your field, and what can you do about them? • as a current student or post-doc? • as a future employee or employer? Discuss both studies in your group for ~20 - 30 minutes – we will discuss briefly as a whole class afterwards.
Who can you talk to if you’re concerned? • Unofficial: • Various groups, including: • Native Hawaiian Student Services • International Student Services • KOKUA program – for students with disabilities • Women’s Center – for women and LGBT people (also LGBT Student Services) • Gender Equity Specialist (Jenn Rose) • Trusted mentor or peer or both, at UH or outside of UH • Friends and family • Official: • EEO/AA office (Mie Watanabe) • Your dean or department chair • Dean of students * If you don’t get help from the first person you speak to, keep talking to people until you do find help.*
More resources • Class projects • Hawaiian Islands Science (HI Sci): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hawaiian-Islands-Science-HI-Sci/122157137885661 • Recent blog post in Deep Sea News: http://deepseanews.com/2013/01/a-field-guide-to-privilege-in-marine-science-some-reasons-why-we-lack-diversity/
Upcoming Assignments • For Feb 6: • Read mentoring booklet (buy, borrow or read free online) http: www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=5789 • For Feb 8 (optional): • Email work-life balance questions to Michele – for inclusion in discussion of Feb 13 • For Feb 13: • Reflection #1 on applying Theme I concepts
Mini-Reflection #4 Note: as always, your responses will be kept confidential and only for the purpose of this class… 1. What is one thing that you found surprising in the readings? 2. Please include something you’d like to share about today’s discussions. Please include your name, enough info so you remember the question, & today’s date (Jan 30)
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