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STEM Workforce Retention Topic Of New Book From Association Of Women In Science (AWIS)

CHICAGO, February 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Elsevier Foundation provides support to AWIS to publish Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices

Note to Editors: Authors Dr. Donna Dean a nd Janet Bandows Koster are available for interview.

An e-book and hard copies of this book are available for review.

Please contact:  Marie.Gentile@widmeyer.com    or Lauren.Macon@widmeyer.com

" Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices," a new book from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) that addresses work/life integration and satisfaction issues faced by those in STEM careers, will premiere at the AAAS national conference in Chicago, February 15. The project was funded by the Elsevier Foundation.

Although work/life satisfaction is typically regarded as a women's issue, " Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices, " finds that it is an issue that crosses gender lines. Co -authored by Donna Joyce Dean, Ph.D., an expert on scientific and technical workforce issues, and Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director of AWIS, the book was developed to provide both academic and private sector STEM work environments with the tools they need to retain their workforce, especially women.

"The issue of developing STEM talent is at the top of the national conversation, but the attrition of top talent from the scientific workforce severely hampers countries' ability to lead in innovation and stay globally competitive in these disciplines," said Janet Bandows Koster, AWIS Executive Director & CEO. "Women make up 51% of the overall U.S. workforce but account for only 25% of STEM workers. More significantly, women who have advanced degrees in STEM are far more likely to leave related occupations than women in other professions."

" Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices " was developed as a result of the largest global survey ever undertaken about work/life integration issues among scientists. More than 4,000 researchers in both academic and corporate settings responded to the study that revealed 83 percent work more than 40 hours per week and that half those said that work demands conflicted with their personal lives at least two to three times per week. The survey's findings raised serious concerns about retaining the necessary level of scientific talent required to sustain innovation. The data showed that key factors including lack of flexibility in the workplace, dissatisfaction with career development opportunities and low salaries, are driving many researchers of both genders to reconsider their profession.

"Many institutions and organizations have begun to recognize the need to address this issue," said co-author Dr. Donna Dean. "The book provides case studies of successful, well-researched programs that are models for both academic as well as corporate workplaces. Each chapter offers practical tools that can be rescaled to develop programs similar to those described in the case studies."

The Elsevier Foundation funded the development of " Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices " as part of their commitment to the research community. "Millions of dollars are being invested to encourage young people to consider STEM based careers," said David Ruth, Executive Director, Elsevier Foundation. "The Elsevier New Scholars have created evidence-based programs that address the work/life challenges of STEM employment, including dependent-care responsibilities, dual-career relationships, mentoring, as well as the ability to travel to professional meetings. If we want to retain our STEM workforce we have to help those professionals be both successful and satisfied in this career choice. We are proud to support the development of this book."

" Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices " is currently available through Elsevier Store for $44.95. Read more at: http://www.elsevier.com/connect/new-book-proposes-solutions-for-stem-workforce-retention

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