Disabled workers are only as limited as their workplace accommodations. Leave it to engineering students to find innovative ways to help them help others! NYSID hosted the 2019 CREATE Symposium on April 10, showing off ways that nine different schools helped accommodate workers with varying disabilities, awarding $30,000 total to the top three entrants. Watch videos from the winning entries and see how you can participate in next year’s competition! Find it here.
Among many experiments launched to the ISS was one questioning how nonhuman subjects–mice–responded to microgravity. It ended up being…strangely adorable? Watch as mice start playing with weightlessness as the days go by. Read more about their behavior here.
Meet Mostik, the Russian cat with a hard hat. This fuzzy propaganda mascot helps oversee a politically fraught construction project–a bridge connecting Russia and the Crimean Peninsula. Read the Washington Post project coverage here.
Inequality is rife in elite universities-not just in the admission process but also in the support given to low-income students. Anthony Abraham Jack was recently at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to celebrate the release of his new book: a case study of how elite institutions like the one where he teaches, Harvard, fail low-income students. The subject matter is intimately familiar to him. Can he help change it? Read here.
Researchers found that leaving academe to have a family accounts for the largest “leak” in the STEM pipeline for women, from graduate school to tenure. A common reason is the absence of resources like paid leave, childcare or staff support. Inside Higher Ed follows grad students who started a campaign for parental rights to help temper the difficulties of raising kids while studying. Read it here.