Episode 25: Dr. Bruce Kessler, KIEC presenter

Dr. Bruce KesslerThe Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference is happening August 29 in Lexington. Dr. Bruce Kessler of the WKU Math Department will be presenting at the conference, and in this episode of the Innovation Update, Josh talks with Bruce about his presentation and how the opportunity to speak at the conference came about. The duo also discuss the overlap in the STEM disciplines and how technology has changed math education at the college level.


Students use ‘zombie science’ to learn about disease spread

ZombiesA zombie apocalypse: Is it medically possible? Scenarios depicting large-scale attacks of the undead have been playing out on the big screen for years.

And this fall, they’ll hit classrooms too.

Students around the country can now immerse themselves in “zombie pandemics” in order to learn about how diseases spread and affect the body. It’s all part of the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Behind Hollywood Program, which teachers and students can download for free online to use at home or in the classroom.

Click here to read more.

Seven engineering majors are among the 10 top-paid for 2013

Graduates in Cap and GownFrom AOL Jobs: A new study just released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers tracking the highest-paying college majors for the class of 2013 suggests if there are any fields that can still offer big paychecks, they’re the technical lines of work.

“Engineering majors are consistently among the highest paid because the demand for them is so great,” Marilyn Mackes, the executive director of NACE, said in a press release. Indeed, 7 of the 10 highest paying majors for the class of 2013 were related to engineering. The seven majors can lead to jobs with an average starting salary ranging from $62,200 to $93,500, the report says.

Click here to view the NACE Salary Survey Executive Summary.