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Unconscious Bias: Guest Post – Would You Date A Republican?

Political topics are not the focus of this blog,  A Bridge for Business & STEM, and are rarely mentioned. The focus of this post is diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias, although the title may imply otherwise. Guest Post Author: Sondra Thierderman, PhD Let’s face it, these are volatile times when it comes to the political … Continue reading

Her-Story: Patricia L. Brown

“You can’t be everything to everybody, but the fact that some women didn’t need us didn’t mean that there weren’t an awful lot more women who did.” – Pat Brown During a stay in Chicago for a board of directors (bod) meeting about 15 years ago, I had the opportunity to meet one of the … Continue reading

Earth Day 2016 Will Include Historic Signing of Paris Agreement

Friday, April 22, 2016, will mark the 46th observance of Earth Day. As usual, there are tons of environmental and earth awareness events planned around the globe, however, none will eclipse the signing of the Paris Agreement by the United States and China. President Obama and President Xi Jinping announced earlier that they will both … Continue reading

A Lingering Question From China: Does Racism Still Exist In The United States?

Recently, while watching The Terracotta Warriors on our local PBS station, I was reminded of my visit to China 10 years ago. As the leader of the Women in Engineering Tour of China, an event sponsored by People to People International (PTPI), I have many fond memories of this country and its people. Of all … Continue reading

Gasoline Prices – Holding Steady But Seasonal Rise Expected

It’s been just over a month since my last post on oil and gas prices, March 1st Finds Gas Prices With a Slight Uptick but Still Under Pressure. While gasoline prices have been on the upturn this past month, rising from $1.817 to $2.044, other factors have an impact on today’s pump prices. For starters, many … Continue reading

Zika Virus Updates: AZ Reports Its First Case and CDC Hosts Summit

Last week, while Arizona was still reeling from the fall out that accompanied the Arizona Presidential Preference Election (PPE) the week before, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced the state’s first case of Zika virus in a Maricopa County resident. In a press release [Ref 1] issued on Monday, March 28, 2016, the … Continue reading

NUMBERS: Distracted Walking Accidents On The Rise – Urban Periscope to the Rescue

Earlier this month I was introduced to urban periscope – a new device or sleeve for your iPhone that slides over the phone case with a lens on top like a periscope. The firm by the same name proposes that their device redirects your vision 90 degrees with a periscope so you can text and … Continue reading