STEM fields http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-27-2014 <div><p>When you think "Michigan," you think tourism, right? Or, for some, maybe it's Tim Allen telling you about the state's open roads, fall colors, glistening lakes. Tourism means big business for the mitten. We look at how the changing climate might impact what more than 4.4 million out-of-state visitors will be able to do and enjoy when they come to the Great Lakes State.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke with Michigan author&nbsp;Laura Kasischke&nbsp;about her latest novel, Mind of Winter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And Daniel Howes&nbsp;joined us for our weekly check-in, to discuss Mary Barra and the ghost of GM's past.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, women are underrepresented in the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;STEM&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, but there is one University of Michigan student group trying to change that.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we are one week into spring but still getting snow. Meterologist&nbsp;Jim Maczko&nbsp;spoke with us about when we can expect warmer weather.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are closing in on the deadline to purchase health insurance or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Erin Knott is the Michigan Director of Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan group trying to get people enrolled in health insurance.</p><p>Erin joined us today to discuss the upcoming deadline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17007 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 University of Michigan student-led group encourages young girls to pursue math and science http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-student-led-group-encourages-young-girls-pursue-math-and-science <p>We recently had a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-women-underrepresented-science-and-what-can-be-done-change">discussion</a> on Stateside that explored the question: Why are there not more women in the STEM and Computer Science programs?</p><p>After that program, we got an eye-catching email from University of Michigan student Carrie Johnson. She's in the Chemical Biology Ph.D. program, and she is a part of a student-led group called <a href="http://femmes.studentorgs.umich.edu/">FEMMES</a>, which stands for Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science.</p><p>When we heard how these students are reaching out to encourage and inspire other women, including holding free Saturday and after-school programs for girls in 4th through 6th grade, we knew we wanted to share their story with you.</p><p>Carrie Johnson and Abigail Garrity, a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience Program at Michigan and co-president of FEMMES, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:31:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 17006 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan student-led group encourages young girls to pursue math and science Does Snyder's immigration plan leave some out? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-snyders-immigration-plan-leave-some-out <p>Rick Snyder has been one of the most enthusiastic governors in pressing Congress and the White House for immigration reform.</p><p>He recently proposed a plan to attract 50,000 highly skilled immigrants to Michigan, essentially "rolling out the red carpet" to attract immigrants to fill vacant technology, engineering, medical and health care jobs in Detroit.</p><p>His plan would require immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit, using their skills in science, business or the arts to help power the city back to health.</p><p>But some believe the governor's plan overlooks the immigrants who are already here, people who might be able to use a little of that support. And what about immigrants who might not possess an engineering or science degree, but have energy and an entrepreneurial spirit – are they being slighted by the governor's plan?</p><p>Here to discuss the future of Michigan’s immigrant population is Steve Tobocman, director of Global Detroit, and Nikki Cicerani, president and CEO of Upwardly Global, a resource for skilled immigrants.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:32:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16621 at http://michiganradio.org Does Snyder's immigration plan leave some out? Why are women underrepresented in science and what can be done to change this? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-women-underrepresented-science-and-what-can-be-done-change <p>A young woman entered college, full of the dreams she’d been holding tight since early grade school: dreams of being a doctor. She entered college in pre-med as a biology major. The biology part of pre-med went just great. But the chemistry was tough, and, in the middle of her sophomore year, when she saw she’d gotten a “D” in organic chem lab, that was that. She dropped out of all her science classes, switched over to History and tried to forget that she’d ever wanted to be a surgeon.</p><p>Today she’s glad to be hosting Stateside here on Michigan Radio!</p><p>But even after 34 years in radio and TV, Cynthia Canty still finds herself wondering what if she had not let that one “D” chase her out of her science major? And why did no one try to encourage her to keep plugging away?</p><p>So when the New York Times Sunday Magazine recently ran a long piece by writer Eileen Pollack titled “<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/magazine/why-are-there-still-so-few-women-in-science.html?_r=0">Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?</a>” it struck a very personal chord.</p><p>As Eileen finds, women are still underrepresented in the STEM classes and careers that are so crucial to our country’s future prosperity.</p><p>But the University of Michigan is working hard to find ways to nurture and support women students and faculty in the sciences.</p><p>We were joined today by the author of that New York Times piece. She is one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics from Yale. Today she teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.</p><p>Tim McKay is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Michigan, and he directs the undergrad honors program.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abby Stewart is a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Michigan. She directs the university’s advance program.</span></p><p>The three of them joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:39:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 15956 at http://michiganradio.org Why are women underrepresented in science and what can be done to change this? Is there a link between arts education and entrepreneurship? This study says yes. http://michiganradio.org/post/there-link-between-arts-education-and-entrepreneurship-study-says-yes <p>A recent study coming out of Michigan State University reaffirms the need for one educational discipline that’s been continuously cut over the past decade — the arts.</p><p>Researchers found a startling link between taking part in arts and crafts activities as a child and patents received or businesses launched as an adult.</p><p>According to that study, which examined MSU Honors STEM students between 1990-1995, 94% of STEM graduates had musical training in their lives, compared to 34% of all adults.</p><p>Joining us is one of the authors of the study, Rex LaMore, the director of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development. Cynthia Taggart, a professor of Music Education at Michigan State also talked to us.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:31:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 15378 at http://michiganradio.org Is there a link between arts education and entrepreneurship? This study says yes. Michigan's international students key to ecomomic growth http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-international-students-key-ecomomic-growth <p></p><p>Michigan needs to fill 274,000 jobs by 2018 in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). &nbsp;And a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ccording to a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.migtri.org/sites/default/files/files/A%20Pathway%20to%20National%20Competitiveness.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;released by the Global Talent Retention Initiative (</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">GTRI</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">) of Michigan, the state's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">international college and university students are key to meeting that demand.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The report says that Michigan's international students are three times as likely as Michigan students to major in those fields.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:14:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14888 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's international students key to ecomomic growth Metro Detroit students compete for science and engineering honors http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-detroit-students-compete-science-and-engineering-honors <p>Students from 143 Detroit area schools competed in the <a href="http://www.sefmd.org/">Metro Detroit Science and Engineering Fair </a>Wednesday.</p> <pre> Almost 1400 middle and high school students displayed their projects at Detroit&rsquo;s Cobo Center. Students from Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb county schools showed off research projects in 13 categories, ranging from computer science to zoology. </pre> <p>Fair organizers say participation in the fair is trending upward, and participation from Detroit Public Schools students shot up dramatically this year.</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 21:32:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1682 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Detroit students compete for science and engineering honors