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How these 4 women are disrupting the tech scene

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Despite receiving the same education as their male counterparts, women with STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are actually less likely to work in a STEM occupation.

One important step to closing the gender gap in STEM fields is sharing the stories of women thriving in these careers and not just the role models of STEM women in history, but the stories of those in the field today. University of Phoenix believes that shining a spotlight on women who are making waves will help inspire future generations of female tech geniuses.

Following are stories about four intrepid women who are making a name for themselves in tech and who are helping to shape the future of the industry.

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Meilani Conley

Meilani Conley knew early on that she was destined to pursue a career in science and mathematics. Though the adults in her life tried to dissuade her telling her that women have fewer opportunities in STEM fields than men Conley persevered and currently holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Mathematics from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Information Systems from University of Phoenix.

Conley’s passion for computers began when she was nine years old. She was constantly fascinated by the inner workings of electronics. While the kids in her class daydreamed about summer vacation, Conley’s mind was filled with metal, wires and electricity. She’s proved that you can beat the status quo by pushing yourself and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Clarkson University.


Kirsten Hoyt

Kristen Hoyt, Academic Dean for the College of Information Systems and Technology at University of Phoenix, has a lot to say about women pursuing careers in tech.

“In 1996, women made up about 37 percent of the IT workforce, but in 2010 that number dropped to 25 percent,” said Hoyt in one radio interview. In fact, as of 2014, the most common occupations for women were secretaries, administrative assistants, and teachers.

Hoyt’s program at University of Phoenix is directly fighting back to change this statistic by developing partnerships to advance women in technology. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is projected that there will be 1.4 million computer-science jobs by 2020 but not enough individuals with the skills to apply for those jobs.

Hoyt was persistent in her interests while growing up and says she was fortunate enough to take a coding class early on. This led to a degree in programming that ultimately brought her to the role of Academic Dean for University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology.

What else is to be done to ensure equality in the workforce? Hoyt said she believes in establishing a technology-based foundation from the earliest days of our children’s educations, and cites her own experience as the reason she believes in jumpstarting technology education for students at a young age.


Stephenie Gloden

Stephenie Gloden is the vice president of Enterprise Resource Management for Apollo Education Group, a position she earned through her persistence and years of hard work. With more than 20 years of IT experience primarily focused on software development and IT operations leadership Gloden sought out a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Business Association from University of Phoenix, along with a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University.

Gloden’s most recent initiative is University of Phoenix startup, the RedFlint experience center located in downtown Las Vegas. As co-founder and business lead for strategy, Gloden is responsible for educating, incubating and accelerating ideas that solve the problems facing small businesses and the local community – including non-profits, schools and hospitals. Gloden’s diehard entrepreneurial spirit brought her to where she is today something both men and woman should strive for in their careers.


Charity Jennings

What can you do to be an ally to women and ensure you’re doing everything in your power to help them succeed? The answer is far simpler than you may think.

According to Charity Jennings, to cultivate and sustain diverse perspectives and expand the pipeline of IT talent, women must feel welcome in the industry.

Jennings serves as the program dean for University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology, and has expanded her role to take on high profile technology projects that have University-wide impact.

Whether women are writing code or leading the next IT startup in Silicon Valley, it’s critical to get our young women engaged and excited about becoming future engineers, web developers, tech entrepreneurs and executives.

Jennings says that the responsibility lies in the hands of educators, corporations, policy makers, community leaders and parents to help cultivate and nurture the interests of young women and help them reach their goals.

So when you see your daughter, cousin, niece or student taking apart her PC or fiddling with the HTML of a website, you can play a role in helping her explore opportunities in STEM by encouraging her interests and by showing her all of the opportunities for a career in tech.

The message to women everywhere is clear: the tech industry needs you.

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US Geological Survey Report on Polar Bears and Climate Change is not supported by Evidence in Canadian Study says Friends of Science

IPCC Climate Models predict high temperatures but observations show stagnation for 18 + years

CBC News reported on July 2, 2015 that a US Geological Survey says “Canada’s High Arctic could become the last stable refuge for polar bears” citing climate change due to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions as a factor, but Friends of Science dispute this claim pointing to “The Arctic Fallacy” a research study on polar bears published June 8, 2015, by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Author Dr. Susan Crockford explains that fluctuations of arctic ice are linked to natural variabilities of atmospheric oscillations like the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.

Crockford said: “The assumption that Arctic sea ice is a naturally stable habitat over short time frames is a biological fallacy. Predictive population models based on this myth are flawed, their results illusory.”

Crockford’s report indicates that polar bears consume about 2/3rds of their annual food intake in the spring and far from suffering on a small floe of ice, as often pictured by environmental groups, polar bears are great swimmers.

According to Crockford’s report the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the US government have accepted modeled (future) population declines of Arctic species based on modeled (future) summer sea ice changes as valid threats to their survival, but Crockford argues this is “all built upon this fallacy.”

Crockford’s paper indicates that contrary to popular opinion, “Polar bear population declines that were clearly caused by thick sea ice conditions in spring are now blamed on summer sea-ice declines.” She says this is due to the fact that the polar bears’ prey, the ring seals, are better protected by the thicker ice.

Crockford says: “Many of the effects of a longer open-water period have been unexpectedly positive for polar bears. For example, polar bear condition and reproduction in the Chukchi Sea (between Russia and Alaska) was much better over a recent period with a long open-water season than it was in the 1980s, when there was a short open water season. Ringed seals flourished during the recent long open-water sea, so they had a longer time to feed and consequently reproduced well.”

“Given what we now know about the animals and their naturally changing habitat, it is time to concede that the data does not support predictions that polar bears, walrus, and Arctic seals are threatened with extinction due to habitat instability,” said Crockford.

Crockford’s report refers to the work of ecologist Daniel Botkin : “The idea that nature can be restored to a single best condition is also part of a modern nature-myth, the belief in nature as a machine….”

Friends of Science Society point out that for 18 years and 6 months Remote Surface Sensing satellite monitors have shown that global temperatures have flat-lined with little change in surface temperatures, despite a significant rise in carbon dioxide, meaning aspects of the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming, especially model predictions, are in question.

This view is supported by a June 20, 2013 interview with Hans von Storch in Der Speigel in which he is quoted as saying: ” If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models. A 20-year pause in global warming does not occur in a single modeled scenario.”

Consequently Friends of Science says that making policy decisions to the year 2050 based on predictive models that have failed to forecast this stagnation seems very unreliable, particularly when there is clearer evidence that natural forces are more influential than human carbon dioxide emissions.


Friends of Science have spent a decade reviewing a broad spectrum of literature on climate change and have concluded the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2). The core group of the Friends of Science is made up of a growing group of Earth, atmospheric, astrophysical scientists and engineers who volunteer their time and resources to educate the public.

Friends of Science Society

P.O. Box 23167, Mission P.O.

Calgary, Alberta

Canada T2S 3B1

Toll-free Telephone: 1-888-789-9597


E-mail: contact(at)friendsofscience(dot)org


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