Leech Lake Tribal College Named Best Community College in America

By Dina Horwedel

When WalletHub announced its rankings of the best community colleges across the nation, many Americans may have been unfamiliar with its first-place choice, Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC). Tucked away in northern Minnesota on the Leech Lake Ojibwe Indian reservation, LLTC’s recent ranking is part of a long history of success. The college was also voted as seventh in a list of the nation’s 50 best community colleges in 2010 by Washington Monthly. Continue reading Leech Lake Tribal College Named Best Community College in America


This Amazing Flashlight Is Made From A Sheet Of Paper

When we think of wonder materials, high-tech innovations like graphene or eco-friendly solutions like bricks grown from mushrooms come to mind. But it turns out that one of the most basic materials still has a few tricks up its sleeve: paper. The Tokyo-based studio Nendo performed a bit of design magic and transformed a sheet of paper into a working flashlight with the help of conductive inks from the startup AgIC.

Paper Torch is made from a sheet of heavy duty, water-resistant paper that’s typically used on election ballots. Nendo then printed a circuit board using metallic ink from AgIC directly onto the paper and glued an LED bulb and two button-sized batteries to it. Electricity flows from the batteries to the bulb through the printed pattern, eliminating the need for wire circuitry and making the flashlight less expensive to manufacture than something you’d pick up at Best Buy.

But the alchemy doesn’t stop there. Roll the paper tighter and the light becomes brighter. Since the electricity has a shorter distance to travel–and less resistance–it’s stronger and can illuminate the bulb with more intensity. Want to change the color temperature? Roll the paper with the checkerboard pattern inside for a warm, yellow-tinged light or the blank half inside for a cooler white light.

Nendo sees potential applications for disaster relief and emergencies since the product is compact, does not require complex manufacturing, and is inexpensive to produce. Plus, it’s also the perfect party trick.

Continue onto Fast  Company to see this flashlight in action.


NACAC Fairs Introduce Young Women to STEM Fields

Women’s Equality Day, which will be celebrated Saturday, commemorates the day the 19th Amendment was certified to the Constitution in 1920.

The amendment granted women the right to vote, but the observance of Women’s Equality Day is not just about celebrating how far we’ve come. It’s about recognizing continuing efforts toward full equality of the genders.

American women are still underrepresented in many professions, including the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Over the past several decades, women have made strides in some STEM careers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Female participation in the medical field, for instance, is about equal to that of men, according to the data.

But in other fields, the numbers are shockingly low. For example, women comprise just one-fourth of the workforce in computer and mathematical jobs and hold only 14 percent of jobs in architecture and engineering fields.

NACAC’s STEM College and Career Fairs — open to students of all genders and backgrounds — are hoping to help close that gap. In 2016, female students accounted for 49 percent of fair attendees.

This year’s STEM College and Career Fairs will be held in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Houston during October and November. In addition to featuring colleges with STEM majors, representatives from STEM-related industries will also be in attendance to speak to students about internship opportunities, their future careers and how best to achieve their dreams.

At the Silicon Valley fair, NACAC will host a panel on the STEM gender gap. Titled, “The Need for Diversity in STEM Fields: How Females and Minority Students Can Find Opportunities,” a panel of STEM professionals will discuss their varied professional journeys and offer tips for students to start their own career paths.


These 10 tech companies are doing the best at diversity, according to Comparably

It’s been quite a week in tech, with now-former Google engineer James Damore’s controversial post about gender going viral and his subsequent firing. So, right on cue, workplace culture and company review platform Comparably has come out with a ranking of the top 10 tech companies for people of color, as well as the top 10 for women. Continue reading These 10 tech companies are doing the best at diversity, according to Comparably


Wonder Women Tech Conference– Rev. Jesse Jackson Announced as Closing Speaker

Reverend Jesse Jackson will discuss Diversity, Technology & Their Impact on Society as the closing speaker at the Wonder Women Tech Diversity & Inclusion in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Conference in Long Beach, CA. The conference, which runs from August 18-20, is organized and produced by Wonder Women Tech (WWT) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that educates and celebrates women and diversity in STEAM. Continue reading Wonder Women Tech Conference– Rev. Jesse Jackson Announced as Closing Speaker