Ashley Podhradsky Talks Young Women In STEM

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In The Moment … November 3, 2020 Show 934 Hour 2

National STEM day is this Sunday. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Ashley Podhradsky is an Associate Professor of Digital Forensics and Associate Dean of the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University. She believes that it's important for young women to pursue careers in these fields. On Saturday, professor Podhradsky continues to share that message of importance at a national virtual event. 

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Society for Science & The Public

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The halls of Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls are abuzz with new technology. Nathan Hofflander, adviser of the school's Flight Club and head of The Volaré Project, is using drones to keep students engaged in the classroom.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry visited with members of the club and stopped by their unique fundraising event. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Biotechnology is a booming business, and South Dakota companies are competing with organizations around the globe. Local scientists pioneer medicine, agriculture, manufacturing, and research. A researcher-turned-business developer outlines his assessment for area investors and scientists in an extended interview.

South Dakota Biotech's annual summit brought professionals together for the discussion, and some future scientists help equip fellow kids.

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Brooke Gladstone is a Peabody-award-winning journalist and host of “On the Media.” She joins us to discuss her newest book, “The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time.” It’s a conversation about living in our personal “bubbles,” how stereotypes impact our worldview, and how a consensus regarding reality was always more vulnerable than we thought.

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Emily Graslie Speaks To Young Women About STEM

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In recent years there’s been a big push to get young women involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is backing that push.

This week the school hosted a key note speaker and YouTube sensation who encourages young women interested in the STEM field. 

Nearly 650 middle school and high school girls gathered in the gymnasium at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to hear the Women in Science Conference key note speaker, Emily Graslie.

WiSE Center Opens On SDSMT Campus

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Chynna Lockett

There is currently a national movement to involve more women in the science and engineering fields. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is encouraging its female students to connect with one another through the Women and Science and Engineering, or WiSE program. The school held an open house for the new WiSE Center.

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  The STEM field is prominently made up of males. At South Dakota School of Mines and Technology there is no exception to the gender gap. The school’s WiSE program, short for Women in Science and Engineering, focuses on mentoring incoming female students through their college career.  WiSE hosted its adventure weekend to welcome women to the new semester.  

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Kealey Bultena / SDPB

More than 660 middle school girls from southeastern South Dakota are learning about careers in science and math. The Women in Science group hosted a conference Wednesday for its eleventh year. Professionals at dozens of break-out sessions and exhibits at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls want girls to know that women can have successful careers in STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technololgy, Engineering and Math.