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Former Astronaut Leland Melvin Talks Football and STEM Education

Posted on · Leland Melvin has an impressive resume: astronaut, engineer, football player and TV host. He's flown on two space shuttle missions, was drafted by the Detroit Lions, and hosted a show on the Lifetime network called Child Genius. But he might be best known for his 2009 NASA portrait, where he appeared in his orange space […]

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Economic Impact of the Super Bowl: Tuesday’s Show (January 31, 2017)

Posted on · A new study commissioned by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee says Super Bowl 51 will bring in $350 million for the city. We talk with Ken McGill, managing director of Rockport Analytics, the research firm behind the study, about how they calculated that amount, where the money is going, and what the Super Bowl […]

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Professor and First-Generation College Grad Advocates for Minorities in STEM

Posted on · Rice University’s Richard Tapia has spent the better part of 40 years advocating for better STEM education for underrepresented minorities and mentoring students in the math and science fields. The son of Mexican immigrants, he was the first in his family to attend college and says his work is not about armchair quarterbacking. He lived […]

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Has Technology Changed the Summer Camp Experience for Houston Kids?

Posted on · Time was, you went off to some overnight camp out in the woods where you sat around the campfire, sang songs, toasted marshmallows and swam in a lake. Do Houston kids do that anymore? Well, some kids still get shuttled off to summer camp, but as technology is more pervasive than ever in our lives, […]

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Houston Boardrooms Are Gradually Becoming More Diverse

Posted on · An article in the Houston Chronicle last month explored how more women are being brought into company boardrooms in Houston. With more young women encouraged to enter STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers and older execs retiring, the trend may continue. We discuss this and other ways Houston’s boardrooms may be changing with Stephen […]

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Conference Discusses Encouraging More Women to Pursue STEM Careers

Posted on · ASQ’s Quality Education Conference and Workshop takes place this weekend in Memorial City. Attendees will discuss how to encourage more women to pursue STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math) by inspiring more school-aged girls to pursue interests in those subjects. We learn more from former astronaut Dr. Mary Ellen Weber.