Tag Archives: Science and Technology

What Happened to Women in Computing?

This is an older article, but still great information!

Although women once dominated the field of computer science, there are now very few women in computing. According to Lana Verschage, the director of Women in Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the gender gap in computing is in fact widening. “Since 1990, the percentage of female computing professionals has dropped from 35 percent to about 24 percent today, and according to Girls Who Code, if that trend continues, the share of women in the nation’s computing workforce will decline to 22 percent by 2025,” she said. RIT has taken many approaches to this problem, including sending its students and faculty to the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) as a way to encourage them to stay in the field.

Read the full GoodCall article.

Mass Green Careers Conference

Massachusetts Green Careers Conference: Clean Energy & Environmental Sustainability

Careers. Clean Energy. Sustainability.

Delve into clean energy, sustainability, and career development for a day. Enjoy cross-sector dialogues with stakeholders from government, business, education, and nonprofits, and career-ready candidates. REGISTER EARLY to reserve a place! Mass Wildlife will provide conference space in their new, nature-friendly, LEED platinum headquarters this year. Parking and seating are limited to ~100. Food and beverage will be local and/or organic.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Westborough, MA


  • Connect with stakeholders from business, education, government and nonprofits, green-career-ready candidates, and learners – all in one place.
  • Engage in cross-sector dialogues
  • Learn about current employment trends, best practices, opportunities
  • Take home ideas, connections, resources


  • Everyone interested in clean energy and environmental sustainability
  • Green-career-ready candidates
  • Education/Training:  career services professionals, workforce development, staff, faculty, students
  • Business:  owners, representatives
  • Government:  state, local officials
  • Nonprofits:  administrators, members
  • Diversity encouraged:  race, age, gender, economics

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series 9/28

Environmental Studies for an Unpredictably Changing World: An Interdisciplinary Conversation.

Join panelists Peter Ryan, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies; Jon Isham, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies; and Kathryn Morse, John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of History, Middlebury College for a panel discussion on Environmental Studies for an Unpredictable Changing World: An Interdisciplinary Conversation.

Thursday, September 28 at 12:30 pm in Hillcrest 103.

Joanna Workman, Asst. Professor of Psychology at SUNY Albany :: BIOL Seminar Series

Dr. Workman’s area of interest is Postpartum depression (PPD). PPD affects approximately 15% of women after giving birth. Currently, the causes of PPD are not fully understood. Motherhood comprises substantial hormonal and experiential changes that reorganize the brain and behavior. Dr. Workman is particularly interested in the neural, endocrine, and immunological changes that occur with reproductive experience (i.e., pregnancy and mothering) in females and how these changes are relevant for PPD. Further, her laboratory focuses on the role of hippocampal (and to a lesser extent, prefrontal cortical) remodeling in depression-like behaviors and cognitive changes following reproductive experience. Dr. Workman’s lab uses a variety of techniques including animal husbandry, behavioral testing, surgery, radioimmunoassay, immunohistochemistry, and brightfield and fluorescence microscopy. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Postpartum changes in depression-like behaviors, stress responses, and stress sensitivity.
  • Maternal experience and brain plasticity (hippocampal neurogenesis, neuronal remodeling, spine density).
  • Hippocampal- and prefrontal cortical-dependent cognition during and after the postpartum period.

Joanna Workman, PhD received her B.A. in Psychology in 2005 from Ohio University and her PhD from The Ohio State University in 2010. After that, she moved to the west coast of Canada to pursue postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia. In January 2015, she joined the faculty at the University at Albany as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department.

Friday, October 6 at 12:30 pm in BiHall 216

Mark Esposito ’11, PhD :: CHEM, BIOC Seminar Series

“Endosteal Niche E-selectin Induces Mesenchymal-Epithelial Transition and Wnt Activation in Cancer Cells to Promote Bone Metastasis”

Mark Esposito ’11, a graduate student in the Kang lab was awarded the pre-doctoral F31 fellowship for his research proposal entitled Exploration of the dynamics of E-selectin interaction in breast cancer metastasis.

The colonization of distant organs by cancerous cells is a process responsible for the vast majority of deaths in oncology. Mark’s research seeks to identify molecular interactions that impact the dissemination and progression of these etastatic cancers with the goal of providing new therapeutic targets. This project focuses on how golgi-resident enzymes and extracellular membrane proteins interact to control the initial communication between cancer cells and the organs which they invade.

Friday, September 29, 1:45 pm in BiHall 216

Mark is pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Princeton University. He recently opened a new scientific news website that translates breaking research to the public.
Mark was also recently awarded two fellowships, the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, and an NIH F31 Award, and received recognition at the Princeton Innovation Forum.

NSA 2017 Codebreaker Challenge

Can you crack the code and prevent major city disruption?

Imagine this: NSA has been asked to investigate suspicious network activity within a large SCADA system that controls critical infrastructure for multiple cities. It’s your job to find out what’s going on and prevent major havoc within highly populated areas.

Think you’re up to the challenge? Then gear up for the fifth annual NSA Codebreaker Challenge! The challenge invites college students to investigate how a system was compromised and neutralize the threat.

Thousands of students from hundreds of schools participate in NSA’s annual Codebreaker Challenge, and only a select few make it to the end. Can you?

On Thursday, Sept. 21, NSA will host the NSA Codebreaker Challenge Sneak Preview to introduce this year’s challenge. During this live webinar, you’ll get tips on how to execute the six-part challenge, from network analysis to crafting an exploit to take down the malicious server.

Register now for the Sneak Preview and get a jump on this year’s challenge!

Seats are limited, so don’t put it off!

Math Circus II: Fallacies, Flaws and Flimflam PLUS Student Speaker

Find the errors in short “proofs” for such surprising results as 1 = 0, some collections of positive numbers add up to a negative number, all horses are of the same color, etc.

Special Presentation (3 – 3:15) by Sabina Haque, ’18: “Analysis Of Endocytic Proteins By Stochastic Modeling Of Fluorescent Signal Lifetime”

Enjoy Refreshments as well. Open to the public.

Friday, September 22 from 2:45-4:30 pm in Warner 203