EDUCATION MINISTER LEADS PUSH TO INVOLVE MORE WOMEN IN SCIENCE

first_imgUniversities are being urged to join the push to get more women into all of levels of science, Education Secretary Angela Constance said today.While meeting with leaders in the science engagement sector Ms Constance also announced plans for the recruitment of a new Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland and members to the prestigious Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC).The Scottish Government will work with key stakeholders to review the CSA role to consider how to get the maximum value from this role and to make sure the post attracts a broad field of candidates.The science engagement sector – led by Scotland’s four Science Centres and numerous festivals – appears to have a better record in gender balance than other scientific areas and the Cabinet Secretary met those involved to see what lessons could be learned.Ms Constance said:“Scotland is a world leader in science and technology and our continued investment in support for STEM teaching, learning and skills development at school, college, university and beyond is paying off with increased Higher entrants and passes in these subjects. But we need to do more to counter the historic gender imbalance.“Women remain under-represented in much of the science, technology and engineering sector, but there is a key area that has made progress in achieving a better gender balance. Earlier today I met some of the inspirational women who are leading many of our science centres and science festivals to hear their views on how they have succeeded and what more we can all do to promote STEM as a potential area of study and work for girls and young women.“I have agreed that we will work together on an action plan to ensure more can be done on such a key issue. Such a plan will clearly benefit from their expertise and I am very grateful for their input.“Having women in senior, visible roles help to show girls and young women that choosing science can open up a range of career possibilities. That is why it is so important to appeal to a wide range of experts as scientific advisers to government.“I am writing to all university Principals and the Presidents of our learned societies to encourage them to work with us to ensure we recruit a new Chief Scientific Adviser that will deliver for Scotland. This critical role will reflect our commitment to drawing on the very best scientific advice and expertise.“We will also soon advertise for new members of our highest level group of independent science advisers – the SSAC. It has the potential to add real value in all policy areas connected to science, and the SSAC will also keep Ministers informed about new technologies and other scientific developments.“I am keen to see a diverse pool of potential candidates for the SSAC and the CSA post. If we are to continue to be a leading science nation we need to have all our talent contributing to public life. But we also need to make sure that we enable talented girls and young women to pursue their goals.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAction to encourage gender balance at all levels as new science advisers sought.last_img read more

Blue Streaks claim 29th Cuyahoga Gold Bowl with 24-21 victory over Yellow Jackets

first_imgJohn Alfes has covered John Carroll University athletics since September of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long. John Alfes John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste).You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (jalfes18@jcu.edu). UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS – Head coach Rick Finotti hoisted hardware after his first victory with the John Carroll University football program.Ro Golphin and Stan Elad II crossed the goal line on the ground, Anthony Moeglin and William Woods connected for six through the air, and Michael Connick fended off a late-game rally with his first career interception to propel the Blue Streaks (1-1) over the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets (1-1), 24-21, on Saturday afternoon at George Finnie Stadium in Berea, Ohio.The well-rounded effort landed JCU the 29th Cuyahoga Gold Bowl, an annual tradition dating back to September 12, 1987.Connick silences feverish crowdFacing a three-point deficit with 1:36 remaining in regulation, BW opted for the two-minute drill, beginning with a 24-yard pass from wide receiver Ty Gallo to quarterback Jake Hudson.Shortly thereafter, the promising possession unraveled.Tyler Frederick sacked Hudson for an eight-yard loss, Connick picked off Hudson in John Carroll territory, and Moeglin lined up in victory formation to cap off the tightly contested affair.Connick filled in for the injured Ray Brewster, the primary ballhawk amid the team’s secondary.Offense clicks on all cylinders, finds identityWith his job on the line, Moeglin – who spearheaded the Blue Streaks to the 2016 NCAA Semifinals – acclimated himself on the offensive side of the ball, completing 19-of-34 (55.9%) passes for 222 yards and a touchdown.The Canton native sprayed his passes in all directions, finding seven different targets in the open field.Eddie Williamson led the charge with seven receptions for 54 yards, Woods registered 53 yards on three catches, and Kornowski tallied 41 yards.The rushing tandem comprised of Sam Kukura and Ro Golphin combined for 89 yards on 23 carries (3.87 yards per carry).Stout defense rounds out array of contributionsThe Blue and Gold notched four sacks and broke up four passes to limit the opposition to nine first downs and 340 total yards.Tyler Moran fronted the unit with five tackles, while Anthony Christopher, Tyler Frederick and Jimmy Thomas had a sack apiece.Defensive coordinator Kyle Hoke will look to avoid the big play next week, as running back Austin Smith marched down the field for a 70-yard score and receiver Rob Wolfington gathered a 78-yard strike to erase JCU’s 15-point advantage.Danko deliversAside from his five kickoffs for 306 yards (61-yard average), kicker Matt Danko delivered the punishing blow on a 21-yard field goal with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter.Weather and attendanceJohn Carroll and Baldwin Wallace drew 4,791 fans on a 74-degree day with sunny skies.OAC updateHeidelberg (2-0) dominated Ohio Northern (1-1), Mount Union (2-0) beat Marietta (1-1), Otterbein (2-0) topped Wilmington (1-1) and Capital (1-1) edged past Muskingum (1-1).Up nextThe Blue Streaks head to Tiffin, Ohio to take on the Heidelberg Student Princes next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from Hoernemann Stadium.Photo credit: John Carroll University Sports Information Department Related TopicsJCUJCU Blue StreaksJCU FootballJohn CarrollJohn Carroll Universitylast_img read more

Mike Sorensen: It’s an amazing time of year for sports

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com You usually don’t think about the second week in April being the ultimate sports week of the year, but it’s amazing to think of all the different sports that are being packed in this time of year.Let’s see, we had baseball, college football, indoor football, college basketball, pro basketball, pro hockey, college hockey, soccer, gymnastics, golf, tennis, car racing, volleyball and track and field all contested over the weekend.No wonder we had a 20-page sports section yesterday.On a local basis alone, just about everything you can think of was played over the weekend.• The Salt Lake Bees had their home opener Friday night, drawing their second-largest opening-day crowd ever, and games Saturday and Sunday.• Real Salt Lake soccer team had a real good result for a change as RSL crushed D.C. United by a score of 4-0 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.• The University of Utah women’s gymnastics team qualified for nationals for the 33rd straight year by finishing first in Saturday night’s regional in Minneapolis. Next up are the nationals next week in Georgia.• The two-time defending MWC champion BYU football team concluded its spring drills with a scrimmage among its second and third-teamers, which attracted an impressive crowd of more than 16,000.• The Utah Grizzlies hockey team opened the playoffs last night in Fresno and will continue tonight with the first home playoff game on Wednesday night.• The Utah Jazz blew out Denver Saturday night to keep their slim Western Conference title hopes alive.• In the bad news category, the Utah Blaze indoor football team scored a bunch of points again — 62 — but still lost by 17 points to the Los Angeles Avengers Saturday night to fall to 0-7.• We also had the Utah High School Track Coaches Invitational and a BYU men’s volleyball title-clinching victory over USC on Saturday.If there wasn’t enough going on locally the last few days, check out the national scene.• At the top of the list is the Masters, arguably the most interesting golf tournament of the year and the one most casual fans pay the most attention to. Although it got a bit shaky toward the end, that was quite a performance by winner Trevor Immelman (try saying Trevor Immelman five times quickly).• We had our first Red Sox-Yankees series of the year over the weekend with another coming up this week.• Lorena Ochoa, perhaps the best athlete you’ve never heard of, won the LPGA event in Mexico by 11 shots to qualify for the Hall of Fame at the tender age of 26 (in women’s golf you get in the Hall of Fame by your accomplishments).• The United States advanced to the semifinals of the Davis Cup with a win over France Sunday a day after they failed to clinch a day earlier when the usually unbeatable Bryan brothers lost.• Also last week, we had the NCAA men’s and women’s final basketball games, more exciting NBA playoff-implicating games, early round games in the NHL hockey playoffs and the “Frozen Four” in Denver, eventually won by Boston College along with a NASCAR race won by Jimmie Johnson.So what does all this mean? Not much, except when you’re feeling bored a couple of months from now during the dog days of summer, just remember how great you had it back in the sports-filled days of mid-April. last_img read more