The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on May 1 announced new private sector commitments to improve equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) ecosystem as part of a STEMM Equity and Excellence 2050 plan unveiled by the STEMM Opportunity Alliance (SOA).

Women in tech

NASA has awarded seven Women’s Colleges and Universities (WCUs) $5 million in funding to research and develop strategies that increase retention of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degree programs and careers.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is offering a series of workshops aimed at helping educators better understand and teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

A bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced the Rural STEM Education Act, which would provide Federal support for STEM training in rural schools and instruct the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide grants to support training for rural STEM teachers.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced Monday that the state will open two new cyber hubs at Northern Michigan University and University of Michigan-Flint. The cyber hubs are an extension of the Michigan Cyber Range, which the state described as “the nation’s largest unclassified cyber range.” The new locations will serve as a hub for security training and workforce development, and hosting events, exercises, and training classes.

After President Donald Trump signed a computer science education memorandum on Sept. 25, IBM called for Congress to continue the push for better STEM education by renewing a bill to increase technical education standards.

Girls Who Code and Facebook teamed up to host a Governors’ Summit to discuss the gender gap in the technology sector with state leaders and how encouraging girls to go into STEM fields would increase the amount of technology talent in the U.S.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe aims to encourage greater high school interest in cybersecurity through the launch of Virginia’s “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge, which exposes high school students to virtual cyber scenarios and the tools NSA agents use in dealing with cyber.

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