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Programming is not a Super-Power... 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 Easy Is Programming? The code.org video starts with a series of luminaries including Bill Gates seemingly...
What to do about the Catch-22 STEM Job M... 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 97% supposed to BREAK this vicious cycle? Especially in an economy where there may very well not BE enough truly entry-level positions for the number of...
What do STEM employers want?... 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 Mathematics. The above bar chart (histogram) shows the results of searching the LinkedIn Job Board for engineer...
The Catch-22 STEM Job Market... 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 All San Francisco Bay Area and the nationwide, even international, LinkedIn job boards with a...
The SIAM Report on Mathematics in Indust... 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 taken by recent Ph.D.’s in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, and some related...
What is really hot in STEM Jobs?... This article takes a deeper look at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) jobs in private industry, with a particular emphasis on mathematics. What jobs are hot? What jobs are not hot? STEM jobs and education is the subject of a great deal of press coverage and public comment. There are...
A Public Talk on Quantitative Biology an... Business of Biotech: The Bathtub Mechanism (Cancer Research) by John McGowan Ph.D. When: 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 Where: BioCurious, 845 Stewart Drive, Suite C, Sunnyvale, CA, United States (Silicon Valley) Price: $20.00 (US Dollars) Description Cancer is the second leading cause of...
How to Build a Recommendation Engine... This article shows how to build a simple recommendation engine using GNU Octave, a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations, that is mostly compatible with MATLAB. A recommendation engine is a program that recommends items such as books and movies for customers,...
How to Hang Yourself with Statistics... A practical understanding of probability and statistics at an advanced, at least college, level is increasingly important in the modern world. For example, many expensive and potentially hazardous drugs including chemotherapy for cancer and anti-cholesterol drugs such as Lipitor are approved for use and...
STEM Shortages, Purple Squirrels, and Le... This is the third in a series of articles that started with The Mathematics of the Ph.D. Glut. This article discusses claims of STEM worker shortages in private industry and how specific work-experience based skills are confused, intentionally or not, with general science and mathematics taught in schools...

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