In a story that is too familiar to too many people, Danya Sherman’s friend was drugged and assaulted while studying abroad in Spain in 2016. The George Washington University junior decided to do something about it, inventing the KnoNap: a napkin capable of detecting “26 out of the 40 most commonly used ‘date rape’ drugs” as part of a women’s entrepreneurship seminar. It looks like a normal napkin and can be used by both men and women. Read more here.
Engineering Education isn’t the first thing most students think about when applying to engineering school. This major is still somewhat niche, so we thought it would be interesting if students wanted to share how they got interested in engineering education as a discipline. Find Rohit Kandakatla’s story below.
Interested in contributing your own story? We’d love to hear from you! Please email Jenn Pocock at email@example.com with your personal essay. Keep it short–around 350 words–and send a photo we can use!
The #MeToo movement has brought more light to the pervasive sexual harassment that women experience in everyday life. Months before the Harvey Weinstein tipping point, Inside Higher Education reported on studies that show blatant harassment of graduate students from faculty. “Data ‘confirm that faculty harassment of students is more widespread than many may appreciate’ says the study, forthcoming in Utah Law Review.” Read the story here.
Two major prizes are signaling a sea change in research culture, according to Nature. One is in neuroscience and the other is in human brain mapping–but both encourage researchers to publish negative results. “Research cannot be self-correcting when information is missing. The sorts of information most likely to stay in the shadows come from the negative results and replication studies that these two prizes put into the limelight.” Read more here.