Geek of the Week
Hon. Catherine Sandoval is the first Hispanic Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission, a position she has held since her appointment by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. In addition, she has served as an associate professor at Santa Clara University School of Law since 2004. Prior to her current roles, Sandoval served as undersecretary and senior policy advisor for housing with the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 2001 to 2004. She previously served as Vice President and General Counsel with Z-Spanish Media Corporation from 1999 to 2001 and was the Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities for the Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 1999. Sandoval recently spoke on the Civil Rights Roundtable, “How the Nation’s Civil Rights Organizations Can Win the Restoration of Minority Media and Telecom Ownership,” at MMTC’s Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference.
People’s Hero of the Week
L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Program
L’Oreal recently launched a new Women in Digital Program to “address the beauty industry with technology created by women targeting its core female consumers.” The program focuses on all women working in digital marketing, technology, and IT functions by providing recognition, testing opportunities, and recruitment opportunities focusing on how technology is revolutionizing the beauty industry. This summer, L’Oreal presented its Digital Next Generation Awards to three women entrepreneurs, honoring them for successes in leading groundbreaking technology-driven companies. The Women in Digital Program and Digital Next Generation Awards are not L’Oreal’s only initiatives to highlight and provide opportunities for women in tech. Earlier this year, BBSJ’s People’s Hero award went to L’Oreal’s For Girls in Science initiative, created to be “a fun place where science doesn’t intimidate, but inspires and empowers girls of all ages to pursue their career goals in STEM.”
Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Week
Richard Prince is an editor, journalist, and columnist of “Richard Prince’s Journal-isms,” a news column on diversity issues in the news media that is posted three times a week on the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education website. Prince has previously served as a reporter and part-time copy editor for The Washington Post, editor of the Black College Wire, and editorial writer and columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle. He is also a founding member of the William Monroe Trotter Group, an association of African American newspaper columnists. Prince has received numerous awards, including the Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Robert G. McGruder Award from Kent University.
Digital Divider of the Week
Texting While Driving
Studies have abounded for years on the dangers of distracted driving, and especially texting while driving. Distracted driving increases the risk of getting into an accident by 300 percent, or the equivalent to that of a driver impaired by a .08 percent blood alcohol level. Texting while driving further increases the risk of a traffic accident by up to 23 times. In 2011 alone, 3,331 people died in accidents that involved a distracted driver, up from 3,267 the previous year. States have stepped up to combat this problem, enacting aggressive laws at curbing the practice, but, according to a recent study, these measures have had little impact on the trend – 15 states have seen increases in distracted driving crashes and 16 have seen rates stay the same, while only 11 states report a decrease. Unfortunately, texting while driving may not be the worst problem. Drivers now often engage in checking emails and social media while driving. Soon, there will be even more distractions, as tech companies hurry to develop new platforms for car apps to allow drivers even more connectivity while behind the wheel. As smartphones and technology become increasingly ubiquitous, it is important that we remember the dangers we pose to ourselves – and others – when we lose focus on the road.
Career of the Week
Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer
Job Title: Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer
Job Description: RF Engineers set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. They are also responsible for the analysis, design, implementation, optimization and enhancement of wireless telecommunications networks.
Average Salary: $55,000 to $140,000
Where these jobs are: RF Engineers are found in all types of organizations across the country, from Federal and local government agencies to telecommunications companies.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, or other related field. Masters in Physics/Computer Science/Management Information Systems for more Senior positions