Read — 2015/05/22

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Making computer science more inviting: a look at what works“, by Claire Cain Miller (NY Times). Kudos to the National Center for Women & Information Technology for initiating a revolution of computer-science education that will benefit all students in the field. Lessons from University of Washington’s progress to attract more women to the field:
    1. Interest students in the field early, e.g., in high school or earlier, by working with secondary schools.
    2. Make introductory courses accessible (content, focus, small-group sessions, deliberately chosen teaching assistants).
    3. Build a sense of community. (As the article notes, one of the most effective methods to encourage students to continue in the field is for the teaching staff to (surprise!) explicitly encourage students to continue in the field.)
  2. On Taylor Swifts ‘1989’ tour, the underdog emerges as cool kid“, by Jon Caramanica (NY Times).
  3. Empty nesters reclaim the kids’ rooms“, by Katy McLaughlin (Wall Street Journal).
  4. Kissing cousins…and sisters and brothers“, by Laura Secorun Palet (OZY).
  5. All Eyes (and iPhones) on Cara Delevingne“, by Elisa Lipsky-Karasz (Wall Street Journal). The embedded film “Reincarnation” by Karl Lagerfeld is amusing, particularly the “see see” kid in the background and the closing exchange. Also captures well the comment of Ms. Delevingne as “occasionally crazy, always fun and absolutely authentic”.
  6. Model breastfeeds on cover of ‘Elle’ Australia“, by Jessica Durando (USA Today). Says model Nicole Trunfio,

    There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than motherhood. The last thing I want to do is be controversial, so please take this for what it is, let us #normalizebreastfeeding there is nothing worse than a mother that is judged for feeding her hungry child in public.