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Author: John F. McGowan, Ph.D.

Bayes Formula is a simple formula that gives a rule for updating the probability that a hypothesis is true given new evidence — information or data. For example, opinion …

A Geek Gap? Once again America is in danger from a looming under-supply of nerds. The latest figures from the College Board show that not a single girl took …

This article takes a look at the job prospects of freshly minted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Ph.D.’s who pursue a job in private industry, which frequently means …

This article discusses the mathematics of the Manhattan Project which developed the first nuclear reactors and atomic bombs and established high expectations for the effectiveness of mathematical modeling and …

Have you ever wondered how it is possible to put a full-length movie which used to fit on dozens of rolls of film on a memory stick that hangs …

In this article, I make some critical comments about code.org’s inspirational video on programming in schools. In particular, a comic book super-power is a terrible analogy for programming. How …

Now how do we BREAK this vicious cycle?? If the statistic remains true that only 3% of college graduates get jobs in their fields, then how are the other …

A STEM Infographic Some commenters on the previous post The Catch-22 STEM Job Market requested a graphical presentation of the data. Note: STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, and …

This article takes an evidence-based (or “data driven”) look at the job market for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workers using job posts on the popular Craig’s List …

This article reviews the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)’s Report on Mathematics in Industry (MII) 2012 which surveys the use of mathematics in industry and the jobs …