News and Events – Making college more affordable, Equality in the workplace, and Fukushima leaks

Posted: August 26, 2013 in Events, Jobs, Policy, Science

“Reaching out to AWIS and other experts for input, Rep. Slaughter submitted a new GAO request with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-NY) as co-signers. The new letter requests a follow up to the way the federal agencies have addressed this issue since the 2004 report, in addition to requesting information regarding pay equity at universities, the role of women in leadership roles and inclusion at agency-funded conferences and workshops, and information on participation in implicit biastraining, among other issues. ”

“The Stanford School of Medicine (SSoM) recently launched an initiative to increase the representation of women on its faculty. The program is rooted in data that should resonate with any business or profession confronting its own gender gap in the leadership ranks.”

“Today, President Obama outlined an ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs and make college affordable for American families. His plan will measure college performance through a new ratings system so students and families have the information to select schools that provide the best value. And after this ratings system is well established, Congress can tie federal student aid to college performance so that students maximize their federal aid at institutions providing the best value. The President’s plan will also take down barriers that stand in the way of competition and innovation, particularly in the use of new technology, and shine a light on the most cutting-edge college practices for providing high value at low costs.  And to help student borrowers struggling with their existing debt, the President is committed to ensuring that all borrowers who need it can have access to the Pay As You Earn plan that caps loan payments at 10 percent of income and is directing the Department of Education to ramp up its efforts to reach out to students struggling with their loans to make sure they know and understand all their repayment options. ”

“Amid demands for greater transparency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responded to a subpoena from a congressional committee for decades-old data on the health effects of air pollution. Both EPA officials and staff members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology told ScienceInsider that documents changed hands late on 19 August, the deadline set by the subpoena. But neither side is saying exactly what the documents included, or predicting whether they will satisfy demands made by the panel’s Republican majority.”

“Deep beneath Fukushima’s crippled nuclear power station a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant’s reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea.”

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