The graph shows college degrees granted in the USA. This topic sets up one for criticism, but I believe it is more important to examine the data and explore the possible ideas than to avoid anything that might be questioned by the politically correct police. An import factor, to me anyway, is that women are now graduating from college in far higher numbers than men. And in many science fields female baccalaureate graduates outnumber male graduates (psychology [67,000 to 19,000], biology[42,000 to 26,000], anthropology, sociology [20,000 to 8,000]) while men outnumber women in others (math [7,000 to 6,000], engineering [53,000 to 13,000], computer science [39,000 to 11,000], physics [3,000 to 900]).Data on degrees awarded men and women in the USA in 2005, from NSF*:
What does this all mean? It is debatable, but I think it is very good news for the efforts many have made over the last few decades to open up opportunities for women. I still support efforts to provide opportunities for girls to get started in science and engineering but I think we have reached the day when the biggest concern is giving all kids better math and science primary education (and related extracurricular activities). Also continued focus and effort on the doctorate and professional opportunities for women is warranted.
But for kids today it seems like the data shows there is at least as much reason to encourage boys to pursue college degrees and fields such as psychology as there is to encourage girls to pursue engineering (except of course I happen to favor engineering - hence the topic of this blog but…). After all the number of college degrees in science and engineering is equal for men and women, which is great. Granted since women are getting a significantly higher proportion of all degrees, so there is still a bias toward men getting science and engineering degrees. But there is a larger bias for women in all other fields combined.
Related: Diversity in Science and Engineering - Women Working in Science - Engineering Education at Smith College - The freedom to say ‘no’ - Girls in Science and Engineering - USA Science and Engineering Degree Data (2007) - Fixing Engineering’s Gender Gap - Worldwide Science and Engineering Doctoral Degree Data
* graph source: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, special tabulations of U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Completions Survey, 1966?2005.
** Data source: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, special tabulations of U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Completions Survey, 1996?2005. I suppose there has to be (or should be I would think) a specific url for this but I can’t find it (I would think you would want to make the url for this very obvious - at least I would if I were posting such info for NSF - a breadcrumb navigation on any specific data from the report should include a link to the permanent url for that report).
West 86th Street Subway tile mosaic art #15
as seen at NYC's West 86th Street stop at Broadway for the uptown 1 train.
(This piece was completed in 1989).
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Greg Laden has posted a video that is wonderfully representative of life in rural Minnesota. If you can grok this short movie, you will have come a long way towards comprehending Minnesota.Read the comments on this post...
Which should I be more worried about: this not-safe-for-work-but-flattering fantasy, or the fact that I was informed about it by Phil Plait, who must be searching the web for "PZ Myers tag team fantasy".
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The successful landing of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander is well documented: Soft landing on a rough Mars terrain - Mars Lander Transmits Photos of Arctic Terrain - Phoenix Mars Lander prepares to begin excavation - Scientists Excited After Safe Mars Landing
The Phoenix mission is to explore the north polar region of Mars.
This week's CR4 Challenge Question: You are relaxing 20 m away from the shore of a lake. You decide to exercise and start running directly away from the lake with a velocity that is inversely proportional to the distance from the lake. If your initial velocity is 5 m/s, how far are you from t
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As I looked at the spectacular — yet understated — picture of Phoenix beneath its parachute, I decided I couldn’t just let what I wrote before stand. I needed to gesticulate, I needed to make faces, I needed to say something!So I made a video. And you know what the best part [...]
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Big Brown, the favorite to with the upcoming Belmont Stakes,
has suffered a minor hoof injury.
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It was recently announced that Big Brown, who is the favorite to win the upcoming Belmont Stakes and horse racing's Triple Crown on 7 June in NY, has an injury that has kept him from working out since this past Friday. The injury, which was described as "very minor", is a quarter crack -- a vertical stress fracture in the hoof wall.
I couldn't help but post this amusing story out of California (of all places). Help spread the word and Digg this story.
In a radio advertisement for Kieffe and Sons Ford Dealership in Mojave, Ca they state "But did you know that 86% of Americans say they believe in God? Since we all know that 86 out of every 100 of us are Christians, who believe in God, we at Kieffe & Sons Ford wonder why we don't tell the other 14% to sit down and shut up."
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