Category Archives: ASEE

Humanitarian Hackathon for Gaza

This summer, students and engineers collaborated across the globe to come up with solutions to some pressing problems. Thanks to A/V portals called Shared Studios, undergrads, grad students, and healthcare workers from Johns Hopkins University, American University in Beirut, and Boston University were able to collaborate as if they were in the same room. Over an intense four-day hackathon, they came up with advanced healthcare innovations for war-torn environments. Read more here.

High School Calculus Not a Predictor of Success

Mathematics and engineering formula

Contrary to popular belief, learning calculus in high school does not predict whether or not a student will succeed in college calculus. “According to a study of more than 6,000 college freshmen at 133 colleges carried out by the Science Education Department of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, led by Sadler, the Frances W. Wright Senior Lecturer on Astronomy, and by Sonnert, a Research Associate. What’s more important,” they say, “is mastering the prerequisites, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry—that lead to calculus.” Read more.

STEM Women Face More Scrutiny

Internet Troll sitting at the computer

This may not come as a surprise, but according to a new study by Inoka Amarasekara and Will Grant, two  Australian science communication researchers, women who run STEM-related YouTube channels get more comments–both positive and negative–than men. “They found a tough environment for women who create YouTube videos centered on science, drawing both more comments per view than men and also a higher proportion of critical comments as well as remarks about their appearances.” Read more here.

This is Terrible Advice

The Internet abounds with terrible job advice. A lot of it is well-meaning but outdated, while other advice exploits job seekers into paying for services. Some of it filters down to people we trust, who repeat it. College career offices, for example, often employ advisers from academia who have limited industry experience. Read on to learn how to spot bad advice and run the other way.

Here is some bad advice that often comes from career services offices. Read it here.

Another terrible maxim that’s been bandied about for years to unsuspecting kids is “find your passion and follow it.” Here’s why that doesn’t work.

Bonus: Here is terrible advice from your parents that you should disregard. (Hint: If the words “pound the pavement” and “gumption” are part of their vocabulary, their advice is probably outdated!) Read it here. And here. And here. And here. Aaaand here.