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Speaking at the Girls, Women and STEM forum, panelists Jane Margolis (from left), Stephanie Wilson, Maria Klawe, and Kimberly Bryant discussed the shortfall of women in STEM fields and the need for change when it comes to educational opportunities and equal employment.

Code like a girl

Panel outlines ways to attract female students to STEM careers like computer science

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David J. Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans speaks about "Closing the Gap: African American Educational Excellence" inside the  Askwith Forum at Longfellow Hall at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer THIS

It starts with education

Young African-Americans must see their reflections in their communities, and have a real chance to succeed in school and society, U.S. official says

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Esteemed social psychologist and author Claude Steele gave a recent talk on his theory of “stereotype threat” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The theory explains a universally experienced phenomenon of “underperformance” that can occur even when smart students are, in fact, prepared, or when a white-hot spotlight withers the talented.

Undermining intelligence

Negative stereotypes can lead to cognitive drain among students identifying with the groups affected, social psychologist says

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