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Diversity still an elusive goal in IT, other tech fields

Former Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers created a firestorm last year when he suggested that female under-representation in math and science fields might be the result of intrinsic aptitude differences between men and women. While that comment may be only part of the reason Summers is the former president of Harvard, it focused the spotlight on the need for more diversity in science and techn......

Full article >>> ible. "When we determine that we are particularly light in one area, say for women or minorities," Barr said, "we set targets for ourselves, particularly for HR recruiters to make sure that when a job is open, we are objective about it."

Even in the public realm, diversity still is a challenge. Annie Stunden, director of information technology at UW-Madison and a speaker at Fusion2006, h......

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"It's a huge untapped pool of talent for those disciplines," said Sheridan, whose office is located in the UW College of Engineering. "When the external advisory boards come through the college, that's when I hear business and industry's take on this. I know that a lot of businesses are very critical of some of the top universities for not producing a dive......

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