12/17/15 Show Discussing Women and Minorities in STEM and the Arts with Simone Sneed

Featured image above is from Empower Magazine article, “Overcoming the rarity of underserved minorities in STEM”.

simonesneed_headshotIn this episode of These Vibes Are Too Cosmic I speak with Simone Sneed, board liaison at the Environmental Defense Fund and professor at NYU in Civic and Social Organization, on the troubling statistics of women and minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. We get deep in to this topic, speculating on how it came about and what can be done about it as well as current initiatives working towards getting more minorities in STEM fields. Additionally, we discuss the analogous trends in arts and business/non-profits.

Simone Sneed also writes for many news sources, including the Huffington Post. One of my favorite of her pieces is on “What the Shutdown Taught Us About Women’s Leadership.”

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Scientists and engineers working in science and engineering occupations: 2013 Image and statistics from NSF.gov


At the end of the show, I jump back on the mic to mention a recent press release from the president of the American Astronomical Society in response to a new study claiming that the GRE physics exam shows little correlation with success in the field and that the scores appear to be systematically biased against women and minoritiesThen I briefly mention some new results out of the Large Hadron Collider! More on that in the next show.


Some extra resources:


Playlist for the show:

Artist Song Album Label
LCD Soundsystem Watch the tapes Sound of Silver Parlaphone
Intro (3:47 – 9:17)
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers New England Roadrunner: The Berserkeley Collection Sanctuary
New Madrid Forest Gum Sunswimmer New West Records
Elia Fleta Tu vida cambio Chicas! Spanish female singers vol 2 1963-78 vampisoul
Downtown Boys Montro Full Communism Don Giovanni
Part 1: Simone Sneed (20:55 – 36:51)
Lou Reed Walk on the wild side Transformer RCA
Carseat Headrest Something soon Teens of Style Matador
Happyness Refrigerate Her Weird little birthday Bar none records
Kim Jung Mi Haenim Now Lion Productions
Part 2: Simone Sneed (52:21 – 1:16:00)
Shamir Youth Ratchet XL Recordings
tUnE-yArDs Bizness W H O K I L L 4AD Ltd
Little Dragon Klapp Klapp Nabuma Rubberband Seven Four Entertainment
Leikeli47 Heard em say Leikeli47 Hard Cover
Part 3: Simone Sneed (1:31:30 – 1:37:06)
G.L.O.S.S. Outcast Stomp DEMO s/r
Girl Band Um Bongo Holding Hands with Jaime Rough Trade
Skinny Girl Diet Dimethyltryptamine Skinny Girl Diet Fiasco Recordings
The Distillers Drain the blood Drain the blood Reprise Records
Mic Break (1:49:45 – 1:53:06)
Sales Renee Sales EP s/r
Outro: Science news! (1:56:00 – 1:59:00) The AAS/pGRE and the new LHC findings

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