The Denver Business Journal reported today that the University of Northern Colorado has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to add and keep female faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The money will fund a four-year project to correct the current shortage of women in those fields. Presumably UNC got the money because of its top-ten rating from the American Association of University Professors in numerous gender-equality fields, including percentage of female faculty and relative salary of female and male salary -- nicely played, Greeley. And with higher ed always a target when state budgets are in the kind of dire shape they are in today, any infusion of cash into the system is a welcome development. And that's especially true of one that leads to more people -- of whatever sex -- pursuing educational paths in the crucial and underrepresented tech and science sector. Go nerds!
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