Breaking the Glass Ceiling with Dame Stephanie Shirley aka “Steve”

Digital and Entrepreneurial Pioneer/Kindertransport Survivor

If you have ever wondered if you could make a difference in the lives of others, please take a few moments to listen to the story of Dame Stephanie Shirley.  The story of how she was able to build a software company almost entirely with women in the 1960’s is compelling.
Read and learn more about the Dame Stephanie Shirley at these sites.




Cédric Villani: TED talk on why Math is sexy.

Hidden truths permeate our world; they’re inaccessible to our senses, but math allows us to go beyond our intuition to uncover their mysteries. In this survey of mathematical breakthroughs, Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani speaks to the thrill of discovery and details the sometimes perplexing life of a mathematician. “Beautiful mathematical explanations are not only for our pleasure,” he says. “They change our vision of the world.”

Cédric Villani tackles perplexing problems in mathematical physics, analysis and geometry with rigor, wit and a signature personal style. Full bio


Attention NAU Transfer Graduates… in Engineering, Math and Science!

The recruitment coordinator, Jen Johnson, for NAU’s College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences is looking for recruits. Jen Johnson also manages an NSF grant funded program called Transfer-GEMS (Transfers to Graduates in Engineering, Math and Science), which provides financial, academic and social support to Arizona community college transfer students. They are recruiting there third year cohort of 14 students into the Transfer-GEMS program and would love to have applicants from our institution, GCC.

Attached is a flyer and a link to the scholarship application:

NAU’s priority deadline is March 21, but we will be accepting applications through April 2016.

Please let Jen Johnson know if you have any questions about the Transfer-GEMS program or any of our bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields @ NAU.

Transfer-GEMS Informational Flyer


Kind Regards,

Jen Johnson

Program Coordinator

College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences

Northern Arizona University

Biological Sciences (Bldg #21), Rm. 132

PO Box 5626, Flagstaff, AZ 86011



Makerspaces and Meetups in Phoenix

Looking for a makerspace or group in the Valley?  Here is a great place to get started finding inspiration and like-minded creative spirits.

Whoaa! Researchers create a sonic tractor beam


Using a simple set of loudspeakers, scientists have figured out a way to levitate and rotate objects in midair. If perfected, this “sonic tractor beam” could find uses ranging from treating kidney stones to creating artificial gravity on the International Space Station.

Scientists have used sound to levitate objects before. That feat isn’t surprising, as sound is a wave of pressure strong enough to move your eardrum. However, instead of audible sound, sonic levitation utilizes higher ultrasonic frequencies that are beyond the range of human hearing. When blared from loudspeakers in the right configuration, these sound waves can combine to form a sonic scaffolding called an interference pattern—a sort of a force field that can hold a small object aloft.

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Congress Supporting STEAM thanks to RISD

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has been an advocate for STEAM on Capitol Hill for years.  Their efforts have led to the potential passage of STEAM as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) scheduled for final passage this December.  If passed, ESEA legislation will help RISD President Somerson and other leaders continue to show that there is no more relevant education to the needs of today’s world than one that offers students the ability to develop critical, innovative thinking and problem solving capabilities through hands-on making.  Go RISD!  Thank you for your efforts on the behalf of those who agree and believe in STEAM education.


Here are more links to read.

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?


What is STEAM?


STEM or STEAM? We’re missing the point

STEAM ahead: Merging Arts & Science Education.