Currently only 0.3% of programmers and 12% of computer science majors are women. This number is startling because it shows a decrease from 34% of computer science majors who were women in 1984. In an industry which is arguably becoming the most prominent in our daily lives, we believe that women should play a more prominent role. This summer GHS and UC Davis are hosting Intel’s Girls Who Code program, empowering highly motivated high-school women to become engaged in computing, science, and math. UC Davis is proud to be the first university training site for Girls Who Code. This summer twenty students are being taught at UC Davis by Ms. Kristen Beck, a postgraduate student at the UC Davis Genome Center. The program kicked off June 25, and as we near the halfway point of the program, the girls are already showing tremendous progress and promise for the future. GHS looks forward to seeing the great things that the girls are accomplishing and the Girls Who Code graduation, which will occur this August.
“Girls Who Code was founded because we believe that female engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators are our future. The Intel Summer Immersion Program is an important part of our movement to change the face of technology in America,” said founder Reshma Saujani.
Find out more about Girls Who Code at the website: http://www.girlswhocode.com/
Ray, Eric Schadt, Megan, and Somen
On June 3rd and 4th, 2013, Dr. Schadt visit the UC Davis campus as the Storer Family Endowment Lecturer in Major Issues in Molecular Biology. The title of his presentation was: “Leveraging the Digital Universe of Data to Construct Predictive Models of Disease”. Dr. Schadt is an internationally recognized expert on the generation and integration of very large-scale sequence variation, molecular profiling and clinical data in disease populations for constructing molecular networks that define disease states and link molecular biology to physiology. His research has provided novel insights into what is needed to master diverse, large-scale data collected on normal and disease populations in order to elucidate the complexity of disease and make more informed decisions in the drug discovery arena. He is a very sought after collaborator speaker and advisor. Dr. Schadt’s knowledge and experience, managing big data sets and the structure and function of genomes is relevant to addressing health disparities on a global scale.
“Last weeks ‘Girl Rising’ showing to kick off Girls Who Code held at UC Davis was inspriring. One of the girls’ stories really struck me. After 2010’s Haitian earthquake destroys litttle Wadley’s home and school, the small but never daunted girl finds herself climbing out of the rubble in search of a shanty school where she can continue her education. When turned away, Wadley’s proclamation, ‘I will come back every day until I can stay,’ left not just a smile on my face, but a irrepressible faith that this spirited young girl from Haiti would fight harder and harder with passing time for her education. All I could think was, ‘Get it, girl!'” —Megan
Riding on the wave of success of the innaugural event that took place in New York City last October, we at Global HealthShare are honored to be teaming up with Intel this summer to bring Girls Who Code to the West Coast. If you or a girl you know is interested in applying, check out the GWC website: http://www.girlswhocode.com/applynow.
Girl Rising, http://girlrising.com/
Girls Who Code, http://www.girlswhocode.com/
This summer, Global HealthShare is teaming up with Intel to bring “Girls Who Code” to UC Davis. Now in its second year, Girls Who Code aims to educate and inspire 13- to 17-year-old girls to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.
Girls Who Code will kick off tonight, Thursday, March 7 with a premiere screening of a new documentary, “Girls Rising.” The film tells the stories of nine girls growing up around the world with the voices of stars including Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and Meryl Streep.
More: Girl Rising trailer
The GHS team would like to congratulate our very own Professor Ray Rodriguez, Executive Director, for being elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for both distinguished contributions to fundamental research in molecular biology and genomics and for his work in administration, especially in developing international collaborations leading to the rice genome project. Ray is also director of the Center for Nutritional Genomics at UC Davis and co-founder of GHS. We are all proud of you!
Dr. Marc Schenker will have primary responsibility for the coordination of all aspects of the campus’s existing and expanding outreach, engagement, and scholarly public service initiatives as the new Associate Vice Provost.
Global HealthShare member, Professor Marc B. Schenker, M.D., M.P.H. (Public Health Sciences), has been appointed the Associate Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement in the office of University Outreach and International Programs as of July 1, 2012.