Petition Tag - stem

1. Seoul Declaration to Advance Gendered Research, Innovation and Socio-economic Development in the Asia Pacific

The historical inequalities between women and men in research participation and in science knowledge create barriers to achieving the full socio-economic benefits of science-led innovation. With women in a minority and science with more evidence for men than for women, outcomes and opportunities are biased to advantage the needs of men and overlook the needs of women.

But now, extensive evidence shows that gender bias in science knowledge making can negatively impact on the quality of scientific research for both women and men. Whilst we continue building systematic understanding of the underlying causes, we have enough solid knowledge to generate the benefits of gender sensitive and responsive research.

The scientists, gender scholars and policy makers attending the Gender Summit 6 - Asia Pacific 2015 (GS6 – AP) discussed the full complexity and diversity of gender issues in research and innovation in the region. These discussions identified numerous scientific and socio-economic benefits of adopting gendered approaches to research and innovation.

Science and policy leaders in Europe have already taken such actions as a strategy for the EU Horizon 2020 programme, as well as at national level.

We call on science and policy leaders in Asia Pacific to promote gender aware and sensitive research and innovation to improve the quality of science and enhance socio-economic development in the region.

2. Support Computer Learning Centers in Public Housing Developments

Arrested Potential, Inc. is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to improve the plight of young children and young adults, intellectually and morally, through the implementation of innovative programs. In an effort to achieve its mission, the overall concept for Arrested Potential, Inc. evolved in 2013, when a group of concerned African-American men met to explore ways of improving the education of young students in the community.

Their call to action resulted from an article that appeared in the local newspaper, “To slow Robeson violence, leaders try to reach youth.” The article described the community as There are a lot of poor, uneducated people here. A lot of guns, a lot of drugs, a lot of alcohol and a culture that says ‘This is how we solve problems,’ ” Douglas said. “I think if we put a National Guardsman on every corner, that’s not an overreaction.” (McDonald, September 15, 2013). These men knew that the community had benefitted from several federal programs such as the Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program and the federal Head Start Program; however, these programs were short-lived. In addition to the news article, statistical information provided even more evidence on need in the impoverished community.

More than 61% of the population was in poverty and the rate for school-age children was 53%. Only 39% of the adults 25 years and older had a high school diploma/GED. Over 56% of the population was unemployed with the median income being $12,000. With the overarching desire to make a difference they adopted the name, “Arrested Potential, Inc.” as a sign of their commitment to assist students in learning how to navigate obstacles and reach their full potential. These men believed, strongly, that if they leveraged their collective talents and resources, they could become change agents in the community.

In an effort to have the most impact on improving the quality of life in the community, they chose to target W. H. Knuckles Elementary School (K-4th grades) where the majority of students had been identified as being low academic performers and whose parents demonstrated an inability to help their students in the learning process and eventually all of Robeson County.

In recent years, a large percentage of W. H. Knuckles Elementary third grade students have been unable to attain the minimum required scores in reading and mathematics. They performed poorly compared to other North Carolina students on the End-of-Grade Test. Such low academic performance of students supported the need for academic intervention. Therefore, Arrested Potential, Inc.’s program(s) address the immediacy of community concern: the educational improvement and achievement of the children who attend W. H. Knuckles Elementary School in a safe and non-threatening learning environment.

3. GT1000 Women Awareness

The 60th anniversary of Women at Georgia Tech ushers a great opportunity to accelerate campus awareness on the history and progress of women at Tech and in STEM fields. These topics should be discussed and advanced continually, not just annually.

You have the power to help this movement. With your signature and support we will provide to the Dean of Students at Georgia Tech a petition calling for new scheduled focus on educating freshman on the topics surrounding women in STEM through the GT1000 curriculum.

The ultimate purpose of this petition is to increase campus awareness on the history of women at Georgia Tech and to make an impact on students at the advent of college. By raising early discussion on the history of women at Tech, the current challenges faced by women in STEM, and the available resources for women at Tech (WRC, WIE, etc.), we can continue to advance the interest and retention of women in STEM programs.

4. Support Stem Cell Research!!!

Stem cell research is a very promising thing. Especially embryonic stem cells :) Stem cells have endless possibilities and have amazing potential in this world. They have the ability to divide infinitely. They are "blank" cells that can transform themselves into any type of body cell. They have the potential to treat and cure every disease and condition. The only thing stopping this is the stupid controversy which is totally pointless.

People who are against stem cell research are usually against abortion. They think that embryonic stem cell research is morally wrong because it's "killing a baby" (said in a mocking voice) It's far from it. The embryos they use are already in storage for in-vitro fertilization. If not used for stem cell research, they await deep freeze or death anyway. And it's NOT a BABY!!! It's a few dozen cells, maybe less. It isn't conscious, and it doesn't even have the ability to think or feel pain or love.

People are making it seem like the equivalent of slaughtering a small child or baby. The embryo isn't a BABY! It's not even a fetus yet for crying out loud. The thing is MICROSCOPIC and is farther away from being human-like than an insect. Jeez. So people who think it's "killing a baby" need to step aside and let people who realize the full potential and harmless nature of stem cell research go on and experiment with it.

5. Continue Ban On Stem Cell Research

This petition is against President Barrack H. Obama's promise to lift the ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research (hESCR.) Note: hESCR is NOT illegal. But it does, however, have restrictions that prevent clinics to use and destroy large amounts of embryos for the benefit of medical science.

But now, Obama wants to lift these restrictions so that we can find new cures for diseases. However, while it may seem as a great success, it's killing thousands of embryos within the first couple of days of conception.