Data Science Fundamentals: Week 4

This week was an introduction to Python and its many quantitative functions, having had the chance to explore both Python and R programming languages, I have to say that I found Python a program that focuses on code readability, complex functions and would be highly useful for developers.

The Many Faces Of Gender Discrimination and Why It Won’t Go Away

The debate and issues related to gender parity within the workforce have been long-standing. Questions as to whether females are barred indirectly from progressing into more senior roles or whether females experience negative attitudes in the workplace can be polarizing. However, statistics glaringly show lower numbers of women in more senior roles. Women make up 22% of the STEM workforce in comparison to the 78% of men (Statistics Canada, 2014), compounded with a gender pay gap of 30% (Statistics Canada, 2013) and differing attitudes towards working women, this article aims to observe some of the most recent cases of women in the modern day workplace.

The Future of Scientific Research- BenchSci

For this edition of startup spotlight, I sat down with Maurice Shen, Community Architect, of BenchSci to review their antibody search engine service and what this could mean for the academic community. I visited BenchSci while they were in the midst of a highly busy time for them, as they prepare for their spring/summer launch.

STEM- The Gender Gap and the Pipeline.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, employment within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields is expected to grow by 17.0% from 2008 to 2018, compared to the 9.8% growth rate of non-STEM related jobs[i]. STEM-related careers have become synonymous with innovation, technological advances, start-up ventures and careers of the future. Additionally, with the advent of STEM type careers, there has been the introduction of developing efficient products and user-friendly apps, cost-effective therapeutic options, STEM has been associated with developing solutions to problems that the greater public faces. However, within this developing field, there remains a troubling statistic: gender disparity within STEM-related jobs and the lack of opportunity for women to advance within their careers.