Through this weekly series, I hope to narrate my foray into data science, its relevance in today’s market and applications within the healthcare sector.
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.
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.
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.
During my graduate research, a particular technique was by no exaggeration, used everywhere and spoken about all the time. My committee members, colleagues, supervisors, classmates, papers, everyone was and still is excited about CRISPR/Cas9.
Welcome to HealthTech2017, a corner where I will be sharing my thoughts, experiences, and analysis of the health-technology scene in the great city of Toronto.