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Newswise: Post doc interviews in the life sciences may promote bias
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    1-Dec-2019 1:00 PM EST

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,

Released:
29-Nov-2019 5:00 PM EST

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,

Released:
26-Nov-2019 2:40 PM EST
Research Results

Education

Newswise: Bias-Busting Algorithms: Can AI Help VCs Diversify their Deals?

Bias-Busting Algorithms: Can AI Help VCs Diversify their Deals?

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Studies show that gender bias in the venture capital (VC) industry hurts both female founders and has negative financial consequences for VC firms. Darden Professors Morela Hernandez and Roshni Raveendhran show how algorithm-aided, data-driven approaches can help investors mitigate bias and make better and more equitable funding decisions.

Channels: All Journal News, Artificial Intelligence, Budgets and Funding, Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Women in Business,

Released:
15-Nov-2019 11:15 AM EST
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Newswise: First-ever majority women lead ATA Board of Directors

First-ever majority women lead ATA Board of Directors

American Thyroid Association

For the first time in its 96-year history, the American Thyroid Association (ATA) will be majority led by a president, secretary/COO, treasurer, and past-president who are women.  The ATA, headquartered in Falls Church, VA, announces with pleasure that Martha Zeiger, MD, began a one-year term as president of the Board of Directors and Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD, started her 4-year term as Secretary/Chief Operating Officer at the close of the 89th Annual Meeting, November 3 in Chicago, Illinois.

Channels: Healthcare, In the Workplace, Women in Business, All Journal News,

Released:
14-Nov-2019 12:15 PM EST
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Too Real, or Too Fake? Female Instagram Influencers in ‘Authenticity Bind’

Cornell University

Female Instagram influencers – whose livelihoods depend on their numbers of followers, views and likes – endure criticism and harassment both for being too real and for seeming too fake, according to a new study from Cornell University.

Channels: All Journal News, Apps, Bullying, Social Media, Women in Business,

Released:
30-Oct-2019 1:30 PM EDT
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Neutrino Physicist Kirsty Duffy Receives Leona Woods Lectureship Award

Brookhaven National Laboratory

UPTON, NY—Kirsty Duffy, a Lederman Fellow at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), says neutrinos are the most interesting particles in the universe. As a recipient of the Leona Woods Distinguished Postdoctoral Lectureship Award, she’ll have a chance to make her case in two talks she’ll deliver at the U.

Channels: All Journal News, LGBTQ Issues, Physics, STEM Education, Women in Business, DOE Science News,

Released:
28-Oct-2019 1:55 PM EDT
Research Results
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    28-Oct-2019 3:00 AM EDT

Alexandria surgeon Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, MD, FACS, honored for inspiring women in surgery

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, MD, FACS, received the 2019 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award last night during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the opening of the College's Clinical Congress 2019.

Channels: All Journal News, Surgery, Trauma, Women in Business,

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24-Oct-2019 3:10 PM EDT
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Protecting data, recruiting students to cybersecurity

Iowa State University

Doug Jacobson -- already busy with cyberdefense research and helping build Iowa State's new major in cyber security engineering -- has found fun ways to recruit students into cybersecurity studies and careers.

Channels: All Journal News, Artificial Intelligence, Bullying, Engineering, Technology, Women in Business, Education,

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24-Oct-2019 4:50 PM EDT
Announcement
Newswise: Open the Door to a New Career

Open the Door to a New Career

Saint Joseph's University

Break down the basics of breaking into your field.

Channels: Entrepreneurship, Women in Business,

Released:
27-Sep-2019 12:00 PM EDT
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Newswise: The Gender Pay Gap

The Gender Pay Gap

University of South Australia

While the principle of “equal pay for equal work” was legalised decades ago, a UniSA gender diversity expert says women executives are still struggling to achieve this right, despite working their way to the top of the business echelon.

Channels: Gender Issues, In the Workplace, Women in Business,

Released:
28-Aug-2019 10:05 PM EDT
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