Behind the scenes of many of these colleges’ efforts is an organization called the National Center for Women & Information Technology. It provides consultants to college faculties on how to change their programs to recruit and retain women. On Thursday, the center is giving the University of Washington its first award, sponsored by Google, for colleges that have succeeded in this effort. The center hopes to give the award annually.
Thirty percent of University of Washington bachelor’s degrees in computer science last year went to women. Ed Lazowska, chairman in computer science and engineering at the university, called that share “not great.” Still, it is twice the national average and up from 20 percent in 2010 and 15 percent in 2005.
I had to smile at this article from WHEC in Rochester, New York over what school boards get paid what. Apparently New York state is doing what I wish we would do here - pay their three largest school boards a salary. The salaries range from $20-30K (which I believe is paid by the cities). One Bufallo board member said this:
"I think if someone is going to be a public servant, if they're going to do a good service to the community, they shouldn't be looking for compensation. I think that's a joke."
Wait, what? Then why do we pay city council, legislators, etc.? If we want to cast a wider net for people able to run for school board, we should pay them a salary. (You'll note, I didn't say a better group of people because who knows? but a larger group of people might consider it.)
Interesting data from the local Public Health Insider about where kids live in King County and health outcomes.
Very fun video that the kids will enjoy (shhh, it's science) - a guy skips rocks across a frozen lake and the sound is amazing.
What's on your mind?