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Pathways to STEM Careers:
Strategies for Employment From High School Degree to Ph.D.

Monday, May 6, 2019
9:00AM - 6:00PM
Rady School of Management, UC San Diego
Multi-Purpose Room 2

Event Program: Pathways to STEM Careers

Welcome and introductory group discussion: What is STEM and why should we care?

Bevlee Watford, Director, Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity, Virginia Tech
Susan Yonezawa, Associate Director, CREATE, UC San Diego
John Skrentny, Director, Yankelovich Center and Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego

What are the key decision points and high-impact events that influence pathways through STEM education 
and into a STEM career?

Presider: Mary Blair-Loy, Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego
Heather McKay, Director, Education and Employment Research Center, Rutgers University
Erin Cech, Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan
Hal Salzman, Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Michael Roach, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Cornell University

What role does research employment have in STEM students' college completion and entry into STEM careers?

Presider: Julian Betts, Professor of Economics, UC San Diego
Drew Ceccato, Ph.D., Manager at Skillful; Markle Foundation
Brie Lindsey, Ph.D., Senior Program Associate, California Council on Science and Technology
Ed Abeyta, Associate Dean for Community Engagement 
   Director, Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparations Programs at Extension, UC San Diego
Jason Owen-Smith, Executive Director, Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) and 
   Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan

How does the organization of work in STEM firms influence career choices and persistence? 

Presider: Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Programs and Dean of Extension, UC San Diego
Sara Burns, Director of Research and Evaluation, San Diego Workforce Partnership
Diane Burton, Professor, Human Resource Studies, Industrial and Labor Relations School, Cornell University
Ed Hidalgo, Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer, Cajon Valley Union School District; Workforce Development
   Board for the San Diego Workforce Partnership
Alison Wynn, Diversity & Inclusion Postdoctoral Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University


Financing Higher Educational Opportunity: Investments, Endowments, and Access
Monday, April 1, 2019

Rady School of Management, UC San Diego
Sky Pavillion

Charlie Eaton
Assistant Professor of Sociology
UC Merced

Marlene Shaver
CFO, UC San Diego Foundation
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Development
UC San Diego

Ian Gordon
Senior Vice President, Chief Impact Officer, United Way
Board Member, Yankelovich Center

Christopher P. Loss
Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education
Vanderbilt University

Event Flyer:  Financing Higher Educational Opportunity: Investments, Endowments, and Access

How do people go from raw opinion to judgment?

A short video on the public opinion learning curve by Dan Yankelovich.

How big should our government be?
A new book by Lane Kenworthy and coauthors.

New high school completion standards that aim to increase college entry have mixed effects
With funding from the Yankelovich Center, Julian Betts and colleagues have examined the impact of new San Diego Unified School District criteria for high school graduation. Their study concluded that a larger share of the district's students are completing high school with the qualifications needed for admission to a California public university, but graduation rates have decreased among African Americans, Latinos, and students whose parents had no college.

Are we entering an era of dysfunction in American government? If so, can it be stopped?
That was the theme of the Southern California Law and Social Science Forum, held at UC San Diego on March 18, 2016, co-sponsored by the Yankelovich Center.

Expanding access to a college degree
Two early recipients of seed funding from the Yankelovich Center were Alan Daly in Education Studies and Mica Pollock and Susan Yonezawa of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE). They have now brought their research together and have partnered with the Gates Foundation to create the San Diego Math Network to try to improve student performance in four of San Diego's largest school districts. The researchers discovered that understanding of fractions is a key stumbling block for many students from poverty backgrounds, which makes it difficult for these students to catch up. Their intervention focuses on development and sharing of practical teaching tools for mastering fractions in elementary and middle school.

Opportunity and upward mobility in the legal profession
Ten African American judges in San Diego county discussed their origins and route to the bench in a forum, "Achieving Judicial Diversity," on Feb 16, 2016. The Yankelovich Center co-sponsored the event, part of the Judicial Justice Speaker Series and Black History Month.

Yankelovich Center retreat
The Center held its third annual faculty retreat on January 22, 2016.

Upward mobility commission
The Yankelovich Center has initiated the formation of a two-year commission to examine strategies for increasing upward mobility in America.

Inequality symposium
In October 2015 the Center co-sponsored a one-day conference on inequality and a discussion with Thomas Piketty on his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

New book by Dan Yankelovich
Center founder Daniel Yankelovich's latest book is Wicked Problems, Workable Solutions: Lessons From a Public Life.

Foreclosed America
That's the title of a new book coauthored by Isaac Martin, professor of sociology and a member of the Yankelovich Center's executive committee.

The man who helped shape communication
Professor Emeritus Michael Cole, a Yankelovich Center grantee, is an exemplary advocate of the Department of Communication's most distinctive values.

To research and serve
Psychology professor and alumnus John Wixted discusses using education and expertise to serve the community. One of Wixted's research projects is supported by the Center.

A window into the social workings of schools
Education Studies' Alan Daly, a Yankelovich Center grantee, and a team of scholars offer a provocative and fascinating exploration of how social networks in schools affect education reform.