Promoting diversity in neuroscience
Neuroscience is not spared from wrestling with gender disparity issues. Progress toward more balanced representation has been slow, but improvement is possible with consistent and focused efforts. Read more
Curb Implicit Bias to Increase Women in Neuroscience
To increase awareness of the issues facing women in academia, SfN has created a 30-minute turnkey PowerPoint presentation called Increasing Women in Neuroscience Toolkit: Implicit Bias. The presentation includes global statistics on faculty salaries by gender, evidence that implicit bias affects recruitment and evaluation, and an overview of common schemas. Relevant notes are included for each slide, making it easy for members to download the file and present to an audience with little advanced preparation.
The goal of this site is to track the speaker composition of conferences in neuroscience, particularly with respect to gender representation. Read more
Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Google Ventures: Unconscious Bias at Work
Society for Neuroscience: Women in Neuroscience
Rosalind Franklin Society
Rosalind Franklin Society Read more
Gender Equity Project
Gender Equity Project Read more
Butts G et al.
Butts G et al., Role of institutional climate in fostering diversity in biomedical research workforce: a case study. Mt Sinai J Med 79:498-511 (2012). [PDF] Read more
Masur SK, Invisible woman?
Masur SK, Invisible woman? Trends Cell Biol 25:437-439 (2015). [PDF] Read more
Smith KA et al.
Smith KA et al., Seven Actionable Strategies for Advancing Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Cell Stem Cell 16:221-224 (2015). [PDF] Read more
National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health addresses the science of Diversity [PDF] Read more
DBRC: NIH Diversity Supplement Funding Opportunities Read more
FBI Research Scholars RFA
FBI Research Scholars RFA [PDF] Read more
Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program [PDF] Read more
New Initiatives Offer Jobs, Funding to Women Only
To correct gender disparities in academic science, the Max Planck Society and the Australian government are taking the uncommonly direct approach of affirmative action. Read more
University of Wisconsin's "BRIM Initiative"
The BRIM Initiative can help improve your departmental climate by addressing implicit bias among faculty members. Read more
Looking inward at gender issues.
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27 JANUARY 2017 • Science 355 (6323): 329
Gender imbalance in science journals is still pervasive.
The latest update on Nature’s sexism shows an increase in female contributors and referees since 2012, but there is a long way to go. Nature 541, 435–436 (26 January 2017) Read more
Journals invite too few women to referee.
Jory Lerback and Brooks Hanson present an analysis that reveals evidence of gender bias in peer review for scholarly publications. Nature 541, 455–457 (26 January 2017) Read more
Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests.
Lin Bian, Sarah-Jane Leslie, Andrei Cimpian. Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests. Science 27 Jan 2017: Vol. 355, Issue 6323, pp. 389-391 DOI: 10.1126/science.aah6524 Read more
Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice—If Not Now, When?
Sklar, David P. MD Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice—If Not Now, When?. AAMC June 2016 - Volume 91 - Issue 6 - p 747–749 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001179 Read more
For female scientists, mixed funding results at U.S. agencies.
Mervis J. DATA CHECK: For female scientists, mixed funding results at U.S. agencies. Science 08 Jan 2016: Vol. 351, Issue 6269, pp. 115 DOI: 10.1126/science.351.6269.115 Read more
"Achieving Gender Equity at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting"
"Achieving Gender Equity at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting" (A. Casadevall, mBio, July/August 2015, 6(4):1) demonstrates how to achieve gender equity as they did recently at the ASM meeting. Read more
Women at the Podium: ACNP Strives to Reach Speaker Gender Equality at the Annual Meeting.
Bita Moghaddam, Raquel E Gur. Women at the Podium: ACNP Strives to Reach Speaker Gender Equality at the Annual Meeting. Neuropsychopharmacology advance online publication, 11 November 2015; doi:10.1038/npp.2015.320. Read more
Science and gender: Scientists must work harder on equality.
Urry M. Science and gender: Scientists must work harder on equality. Nature 528, 471–473(24 December 2015), doi:10.1038/528471a Read more
Female Scientists Turn to Data to Fight Lack of Representation on Panels — September 5, 2016
One day in August 2015, the Princeton University neuroscientist Yael Niv saw an email notice of a conference on deep brain stimulation, a hot topic in treatment for depression and other mental disorders. Dr. Niv noticed that none of the 21 scientists scheduled to speak were women. Read more
Female scientists face gender bias in NIH grant process — July 29, 2016
Despite earning higher praise, women get lower scores on NIH grant renewals, which may contribute to an attrition of mid-career female scientists. Read more
How to combat implicit bias — July 8, 2016
The habit of implicit bias can be broken, but it takes awareness and behavioural strategies, says a new study. Read more
A Family-Friendly Policy That's Friendliest to Male Professors — June 24, 2016
Three economists ... evaluated these gender-neutral tenure-extension policies in important new research. The policies led to a 19 percentage-point rise in the probability that a male economist would earn tenure at his first job. In contrast, women's chances of gaining tenure fell by 22 percentage points. Before the arrival of tenure extension, a little less than 30 percent of both women and men at these institutions gained tenure at their first jobs. The decline for women is therefore very large. It suggests that the new policies made it extraordinarily rare for female economists to clear the tenure hurdle. Read more
She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk 'Feelings.' — March 4, 2016
Honolulu — OVER the past two decades as a professor, I've grown thousands of plants, studying how their biology shifts in response to our changing environment. Soon I'll begin to design and build my fourth laboratory; I'll teach classes and take on more staff members, as I do every year. Read more
Chicago Professor Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation — February 2, 2016
A prominent molecular biologist at the University of Chicago has resigned after a university recommendation that he be fired for violating the school's sexual misconduct policy. His resignation comes amid calls for universities to be more transparent about sexual harassment in their science departments, where women account for only one-quarter of senior faculty jobs. Read more
We Suck (But We Can Be Better) — January 13, 2016
One day in grad school, a couple of friends and I were sitting at a table in a hallway in the astronomy building, working on a problem set. The professor who had assigned the problems walked by and noticed what we were doing — which was fine, working together was encouraged. But then he commented, "Hey, I'm confused — you're all smart guys, so how come the girls have been scoring better than you on the problem sets?" Out loud we mumbled something noncommittal, but I remember thinking, "Maybe they are … also smart?" Read more
When Teamwork Doesn't Work for Women — January 8, 2016
Economics remains a stubbornly male-dominated profession, a fact that members of the profession have struggled to understand. After all, if the marketplace of ideas is meant to ensure that the best ideas thrive, then this imbalance should arise only if men have better ideas than women. Read more
Female engineers publish in better journals, but receive fewer citations — January 7, 2016
Nearly everyone agrees that science has a gender problem. But the size of the gap depends on the area of science. Now, a study of nearly 1 million engineering paper co-authorships puts hard numbers on the problem in this male-dominated scientific field, and finds a paradoxical trend: Female engineers are publishing in slightly more prestigious journals on average than their male colleagues, but their work is getting less attention. Read more
Diversity Makes You Brighter — December 9, 2015
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION is back before the Supreme Court today. The court has agreed to hear, for the second time, the case of Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who claims that she was rejected by the University of Texas at Austin because of her race. Read more
The Odds That a Panel Would 'Randomly' Be All Men Are Astronomical — October 20, 2015
All-male speaker lineups are so commonplace that there's at least one Tumblr blog dedicated to mocking them. The endless stream of them can leave one overwhelmed and perhaps even convinced that they're inevitable. Read more
Three Ways to Make Less Biased Decisions — April 16, 2015
Unconscious bias – judgments and behaviors toward others that we're not aware of – is everywhere in our lives. And while this type of bias may seem less dangerous in the workplace than it may be on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., or in a courtroom, it still leads to racial injustice. Read more