Human Capital

Data science is a growing field. Here’s how to train people to do it

Having data at your fingertips isn’t enough - data scientists must know how to apply it. Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

The world is inundated with data. There’s a virtual tsunami of data moving around the globe, renewing itself daily. Take just the global financial markets. They generate vast amounts of data – share prices, commodity prices, indices, option and futures prices, to name just a few.

Lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

Lab Coats

Can lab coats lead kids to feel more like a scientist? Africa Studio/

In order to encourage more of the nation’s young people to pursue careers in science, it pays to help them dress the part.

Nobel Prize should be just the start of making women scientists more visible

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Until this year, only 19 women had won a Nobel Prize for science – just 3% of the total winners. But the Nobel Committee’s decision to recognise Donna Strickland and Frances Arnold, respectively, with the 2018 chemistry and physics prizes, suggests this imbalance is finally being addressed.

Science teachers sacrifice to provide lab materials for students

Most science teachers spend $450 on lab materials their students wouldn’t otherwise have.

Whatever salary the science teacher at your local public school makes per year, subtract US$450.

That’s how much money the typical middle and high school science teacher spends out of pocket each year on science lab materials. The $450 figure is based on a study we recently conducted to determine if science teachers have adequate funding to teach laboratories and science investigations. In this study, 94.6 percent of science teachers reported they spend money out of pocket for instructional materials.