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The coronavirus impact touched all of the resources we use to produce our newsletters just as it impacted your lives, business, job, and education operations. Predictions of relationships between coronavirus, immigration, and STEM are being validated by documented impacts on education, public health, and global economies. Our supporters and content contributors have been teleworking, furloughed, or pre-occupied with personal trauma since early this year. Despite these trials, we were able to complete our work for this issue with only a few weeks delay. It includes comments from four Deans of Engineering on our topic as well as for the former Surgeon General of the United States. We believe the articles provide a fair sampling of how the pandemic impacted the economy and higher education.
Renewables cannot be addressed without consideration of climate change and climate change is the defining issue of our time. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of coastal erosion and catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope. Among developments featured in this issue are: * Storage of Renewable Energy * New Solar Energy Venture * University Students Pushing Energy and Climate Research Accelerating deployment of renewables across the electricity value chain offers unique opportunities to revisit grid infrastructure and manage household energy usage. As part of this effort, digital solutions for forecasting renewable energy output, optimizing grid integration benefits, and influencing smart home investments have been developed and are now widespread.
About This Issue – Should Science and Math Teaching Change?, Vol 9, Issue 2 The process of evolution makes it incumbent that we give life to new thought as well as the traditional pedagogics of mathematics and the sciences. The teaching of science should be like science where new fields of wonder and discovery are planted in the minds of students and flourish under the guidance of stewards pledged to broaden the understanding for all students. It’s an imperative because our future warrants it, truth sanctions it, and our children deserve it. Our issue (Volume 9, Issue 2) contains perspectives from a sampling of educators and professionals from three continents on our topic as food for thought for those in charge of classrooms and lecture halls filled with students who are our hope for tomorrow. Let’s keep the discussion moving ahead.
About This Issue – Aerospace & Aviation, Vol 9, Issue 1 What we see in aviation and aerospace today are industries in need to recover from a heritage of higher education and hiring practices that ignored women and minorities as employees. When NASA formed in 1958, the primary aeronautics and aviation industries were loath to hire minorities or women into engineering or science positions or even accept Blacks and women as interns or co-op students. Today’s climate in the market will continue to shift providing challenges and opportunities for equity in gender and race diversity. This change is driven simply by demographics and the upswing in commercial space endeavors pushing aviation and aerospace to greater heights of service and aircraft design. In this issue, we offer articles encouraging discussions that describe emerging aviation and aerospace science and projection of the impact participation of women and minorities offer for technical advancement to expand diversity for improved reliability and productivity.
About this issue: The articles in this issue represent thoughts and visions of technology experts, leaders in higher education, and STEM advocates on matters of cyber security and advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) impacting the economy, privacy, and security. They describe technical challenges and ethical issues and work being conducted investigating the human/ machine interface and its implications for society. Addressed are deep learning algorithms, the challenge facing higher education and particularly HBCUs, career prospects, and the moral and cultural frontiers for AI and Cyber technology across businesses. We invite readers to broaden the continuing discussions relating to expansion of diversity across STEM with additional perspectives on emerging segments of these technologies.
Much has been written about the need for greater diversity in the biomedical and bioengineering workforce. To meet this challenge innovative outreach methods and enhancement of early training models along with transparent outcome evaluation of practices are necessary. This issue features minority participation in 3D Modeling and Biomechanics, mentoring for diversity, and bioscience research on genetic disease.
The rich history of minority architects in the United States, and the legacy of racism in architecture, dates back to the colonial era. We are impressed with the few architects of color and their capacity to translate visions into reality. So it is important to let aspiring minority youngsters know that there are so many aspects to the practice of architecture; it is not just designing a building. How a facility design fits into a community’s sense of place can best be understood by persons who value the culture.
This issue offers perspectives from energy professionals on emerging and existing technologies and how their work relates to a sustained engineering and science workforce pipeline. We discuss mass transit electrification in Chile and China with articles on Clean Energy and storage. We also identify gaps in the energy workforce pipeline, and provide insights to achieve diversity and inclusion as new technology is incorporated.
Polymer chemistry is a chemistry sub-discipline that deals with the structures, chemical synthesis and properties of polymers, primarily synthetic polymers such as plastics and elastomers. Polymer chemistry is part of the broader field of polymer science. We highlight in this issue discussion about polymer science with an emphasis on new development in materials, importance of minority and women participation, and how polymer science impacts quality of life.
The problems that plague science and math teaching of our children in rural schools and the Black and Brown students trapped in under-resourced urban schools with poorly trained and overworked teachers has become as chronic, as the opioid crisis. This issue gives contributors as advocates for minorities in technologies, a platform to present perspectives on solutions for science and engineering advancement, on the question of “what works" and how technical organizations may collaborate.
High school grads ready for college-level science
STEM jobs requiring some level of higher education
Projected growth of STEM jobs between 2017-2027
STEM B.S. degree graduation rate for Hispanic & Black students
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