technology

7:30pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Women in STEM: Interview with Stanford math education researcher Jo Boaler

Back in 1992, toy company Mattel nearly had to recall its “Teen Talk” Barbie. Women’s groups protested the doll’s use of the phrase “Math class is tough.” They called it out for indirectly perpetuating a harmful stereotype-- that boys and men are better at math than girls and women. Research -- especially over the last 10 years -- has shown there is no innate difference in math ability between males and females. And yet the stereotype persists. Women earn 43% of all college math degrees, yet their presence is scarce in the higher echelons of mathematics.

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4:56pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Technology

Meet the most influential, unknown man of the 20th Century: Philo T. Farnsworth

There’s a statue at the Letterman Digital Arts center in San Francisco’s Presidio depicting a classically handsome man. He’s holding some rolled-up papers in one hand, and gazing at something that looks like an overly large, oddly shaped light bulb, which he holds in the other. At his side is a box that most everyone will recognize as an early television.

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8:04pm

Thu March 27, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Women in STEM: Terri Winston and Women’s Audio Mission

Students from Girls on the Mic at Womens Audio Mission work on a project using the 40-channel mixing console once used by Soundgarden
Womens Audio Mission


Picture a scientist in a white lab coat holding a test tube up to the light. Or a brilliant computer geek hunched over a keyboard. These are stereotypes we associate with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. But there are a lot of industries involving STEM skills that don’t fit those stereotypes.

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6:08pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Technology

Oakland hires first tech chief

Bryan Sastokas, Oakland's Chief Information Officer
KALW's Ashleyanne Krigbaum

Groups like Open Oakland and Code for America want to help improve digital efficiency in the city, and now, a new government office is joining that effort. This past January, Bryan Sastokas became Oakland’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO). He has held the role in two cities previously, most recently Modesto. He oversees all things tech in city government, and it is his job to figure out how technology can solve communication breakdowns between residents and City Hall, or within the network of city departments. 

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5:03pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Technology

Volunteers hack technology to improve Oakland city government

Data visualization of Oakland’s budget (2012-13) created by Open Budget Oakland

It’s a Tuesday evening in Oakland’s City Hall. A group of people ranging in age from their 20s to 50s are sitting, many in front of their laptops. This is an Open Oakland hacking meeting. Though a lot of jargon is thrown around, some of the people here have no tech backgrounds at all, including Anna Mathai.

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