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Astronomy fellowship demonstrates effective measures to dismantle bias, increase diversity in STEM

University of Washington

Joyce Yen of the University of Washington worked with the Heising-Simons Foundation to dismantle bias and promote diversity in a prominent grant that the Foundation awards to postdoctoral researchers. Here, Yen shares the ways bias can work against greater diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.

Channels: All Journal News, Gender Issues, In the Workplace, Space and Astronomy, STEM Education, Nature (journal),

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4-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Who's That Girl?

Harvard Medical School

Gender differences in the ability to recognize female celebrities linked to the level of a country’s gender equality

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5-Dec-2019 12:15 PM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Differences in replacement level fertility point to inequalities

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The percentage of the world’s population that is above or below the ‘replacement level of fertility’ has long been used as a measure of demographic development. A new study revisited how this metric is calculated and how useful it really is in terms of informing policy decisions.

Channels: All Journal News, Gender Issues, Government/Law, U.S. Politics, PLOS ONE,

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4-Dec-2019 6:05 AM EST
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Law and Public Policy

Newswise: Post doc interviews in the life sciences may promote bias
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Post doc interviews in the life sciences may promote bias

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Post-doctoral training is a critical career stage for researchers in the life sciences yet interviewing for a post-doctoral position is largely an unregulated process. Without regulation, interviews are susceptible to unconscious biases that may lead to discrimination against certain demographic groups (e.g., women and minorities). Using data from an online survey of post-docs, we show that interview procedures for post-doctoral positions in the life sciences are correlated with several factors (e.g., candidate demographics) in ways that may bias the outcome of interviews. We discuss key components of interviews and suggest that conducting standardized, well-planned interviews that are less susceptible to unconscious biases may help increase the retention of women and under-represented minorities in the life sciences.

Channels: All Journal News, Gender Issues, In the Workplace, Race and Ethnicity, Women in Business,

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29-Nov-2019 5:00 PM EST
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Why It Matters: STEMinism

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

Channels: All Journal News, Gender Issues, STEM Education, Technology, Women in Business,

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26-Nov-2019 2:40 PM EST
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Education

Study reframes the history of LGBT mental health care

Cornell University

New research reveals that community-based clinics and clinicians play an essential role in reshaping both mental health care for LGBT people and broader attitudes about sexuality and gender.

Channels: All Journal News, Gender Issues, Healthcare, LGBTQ Issues, Mental Health, Psychology and Psychiatry,

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25-Nov-2019 3:35 PM EST
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Why women select college majors with lower earnings potential Why women select college majors with lower earnings potential

Ohio State University

Even when both male and female college students say they want to pursue a major with the best earnings prospects, the majors men choose are higher paying than the majors women choose.

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25-Nov-2019 12:45 PM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy

Pew Research Center

Majorities of Americans say the federal government is doing too little for key aspects of the environment. And most believe the U.S. should focus on development of alternative sources of energy over expansion of fossil fuels, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

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21-Nov-2019 2:40 PM EST
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