This Is Not Your Father’s STEM Job (The Atlantic)

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The AtlanticDartmouth professors Mary Flanagan and Kendall Hoyt, along with alumna Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ’88 (D-N.Y.), are included in a story in The Atlantic magazine’s “Innovation Week: What’s the big idea?” series.

Girls are the “new species of STEM practicioners” and may find their way to careers in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — differently than boys, the article says.

“What if the traditional paths created and well-worn by generations of men are not the same paths girls follow as they apply their newfound skills to STEM fields? There are plenty of women out there engaged in traditional jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math, but many are forging novel, interdisciplinary, STEM-based careers that blur categories and transcend agenda,” according to The Atlantic.

“Mary Flanagan’s career epitomizes just this sort of creative, interdisciplinary approach to STEM,” says The Atlantic says of the professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities, and director of Tiltfactor Laboratory. Flanagan is also a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow.

Hoyt, assistant professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine and a lecturer at Thayer School of Engineering, says, “interdisciplinary career paths are easier to create than they are to sustain, because there is not an established career trajectory and evaluation system.”

Read the full story, published 3/28/14 by the The Atlantic.