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Research networks ‘more important’ for female scientists

Research networks ‘more important’ for female scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Study finds a stronger correlation for women between success and being central to a network.

Being well connected is more important for women who want to get ahead in science than men, a study suggests. By analysing how patterns of research collaboration relate to scientific outcomes, US statisticians found that highly cited female scientists at top US universities tended to be very prominent within their research networks. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Jack Grove, Feb. 16, 2017

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UK's university gender gap is a national scandal, says thinktank

UK's university gender gap is a national scandal, says thinktank | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Report calls for efforts to recruit more male students, including a ‘take our sons to university day’. (....) - The guardian, by Sally Weale, 12 May 2016

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European commission leader plans to push international and gender diversity to promote research

European commission leader plans to push international and gender diversity to promote research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Gender Balance and Research Excellence

 

Improving “gender balance” in research to help drive up the quality of work produced is among the top priorities for the European Union’s new commissioner for research, science and innovation.

Carlos Moedas outlined his plans for the post, including a new visa program for researchers from countries outside the E.U., at the European University Association’s annual conference in Antwerp, Belgium. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Holly Else for Times Higher Education, April 23, 2015

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Study suggests STEM faculty hiring favors women over men

Study suggests STEM faculty hiring favors women over men | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many studies suggest that women scientists aspiring to careers in academe face roadblocks, including bias -- implicit or overt -- in hiring. But a new study is throwing a curveball into the literature, suggesting that women candidates are favored 2 to 1 over men for tenure-track positions in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Could it be that STEM gender diversity and bias awareness efforts are working, or even creating a preference for female candidates -- or is something more nuanced going on? Experts say it’s probably both. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Colleen Flaherty, April 14, 2015

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Research suggests that the pipeline of science talent may leak for men and women at the same rate

Research suggests that the pipeline of science talent may leak for men and women at the same rate | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Leaky for Everyone - For years, experts on the academic and scientific workforce have talked about a "leaky pipeline" in which women with talent in science and technology fields are less likely than men to pursue doctorates and potentially become faculty members. (...) -  @insidehighered, by Scott Jaschik,

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A Map of the Gender Gap in Science Around the Globe

A Map of the Gender Gap in Science Around the Globe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A portrait from UNESCO shows where women are well represented among employed scientists, and where they are rare. (...) - The Atlantic, by Rebecca J. Rosen Oct 8 2013

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In the Ivory Tower, Men Only

In the Ivory Tower, Men Only | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rule No. 1 for Female Academics: Don’t Have a Baby

 

For men, having children is a career advantage. For women, it’s a career killer.

In 2000, I greeted the first entering graduate-student class at Berkeley where the women outnumbered the men. I was the first female dean of the graduate division. As a ’70s feminist I cautiously thought, “Is the revolution over? (...) - Slate, by Mary Ann Mason|Posted Monday, June 17, 2013

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Allemagne : universités recherchent professeures femmes

Alors que l’Allemagne connaît une pénurie d’enseignants-chercheurs suite à l’explosion du nombre d’étudiants à l'université, un programme prévoit d’augmenter le nombre de professeurs femmes dans l’enseignement supérieur. (...) - EducPros, par Marie Luginsland, 07.03.2013

 

 

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Bias in UK recruitment

White men dominate UK professoriate.

 

Just one in five professors at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) is female, although women comprise nearly half of other academic staff, according to a report. Black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers account for only 7% of professors, but 13% of other academics. Four times more men than women applied for professorial posts between 2008 and 2011, says The Position of Women and BME Staff in Professorial Roles in UK HEIs, released on 29 January by the University and College Union (UCU) in London and based on data from the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency. In its report, the UCU calls for universities to track recruitment and retention, create and monitor equality targets and investigate why so few women apply to be professors. - Nature 494, 139 (2013), 06 February 2013

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Male Scientists More Prone to Misconduct, Study Concludes

Male Scientists More Prone to Misconduct, Study Concludes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Male scientists—especially at the upper echelons of the profession—are far more likely than women to commit misconduct. That's the bottom line of a new analysis by three microbiologists of wrongdoing in the life sciences in the United States. Ferric Fang of the University of Washington, Seattle; Joan Bennett of Rutgers University; and Arturo Casadevall of Albert Einstein College of Medicine combed through misconduct reports on 228 people released by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) over the last 19 years. They then compared the gender balance—or imbalance, in this case—against the mix of male and female senior scientists and trainees to gauge whether misconduct was more prevalent among men. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jennifer Couzin-Frankel on 22 January 2013

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5 suggestions to the Norwegian government about women professors

5 suggestions to the Norwegian government about women professors | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The single most important success factor for increasing gender equality and gender balance in the workplace is engagement from top leadership. (...) - by Curt Rice, January 10, 2013

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LERU on gender equality: We know the facts, it’s time to act!

LERU on gender equality: We know the facts, it’s time to act! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It will come as news to no one that fewer women than men hold top positions at universities and research institutions, and that women are more likely to leave a career in research. This has been well documented, but concrete measures to counteract the phenomenon are still lacking. For this reason, the League of European Research Universities recently published recommendations to improve gender balance. Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Rector of the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and joint author of the paper, talks about what we know, what’s still holding us back, and, most importantly, what we can do about it. (...) - by Abby Tabor, MyScienceWork blog, 29 November 2012

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[Canada] L’argent ou la maternité, le difficile choix des chercheuses universitaires

[Canada] L’argent ou la maternité, le difficile choix des chercheuses universitaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plus de femmes que d’hommes obtiennent un diplôme universitaire de premier cycle au Québec. Mais de vieilles inégalités entre les sexes subsistent dans les postes de recherche — le sommet de la pyramide universitaire. (...) - Le Devoir, par Marco Fortier, 07/02/2017

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Science still seen as male profession, according to international study of gender bias

Science still seen as male profession, according to international study of gender bias | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But the more women in the field, the less people feel this way.

 

Close your eyes and imagine a scientist: peering into a telescope, flicking a glass vial in a lab, or sitting at a computer typing out a grant proposal. Did you picture a man or a woman? The answer depends on where you live, according to a new study. Researchers have found that people in some countries are much more likely to view science as a male profession, with the Netherlands coming in at the top of the list. Regardless of location, though, the stereotype persists that science is for men. (...) - Science, by Rachel Bernstein, 22 May 2015

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Women best men in STEM faculty hiring study

Women best men in STEM faculty hiring study | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Experiment had real-world faculty rate hypothetical candidates.

 

A woman applying for a tenure-track faculty position in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at a U.S. university is twice as likely to be hired as an equally qualified man, if both candidates are highly qualified, according to a new study. (...) - Science, by Rachel Bernstein, 13 April 2015

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I'm a mother but I can still do serious research

I'm a mother but I can still do serious research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

After becoming a mum, my time-management and productivity were scrutinised like never before. Actually, being a parent has given me a new drive to succeed. (...) - The Guardian, 9 April 2015

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Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists

Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Where are the women in America’s greatest scientific laboratories?

 

A few years ago, Jason Sheltzer and Joan Smith were at a dinner party, chatting with a physics graduate student. When she offhandedly mentioned that she was the first female student her adviser had graduated in 20 years, they were appalled. “We thought that that was amazing,” Sheltzer told me. “Twenty years without a single woman!” (...) - by Jane Hu, Slate, 11 June , 2014

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A Chemical Imbalance

A Chemical Imbalance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A Chemical Imbalance is a short documentary which celebrates female scientists and looks at why women are still so under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

Highlighting some of the challenges still faced by women, A Chemical Imbalance warns that unconscious bias is perhaps our next biggest obstacle, and that much more needs to be done to achieve parity between the sexes. Unhelpful perceptions, child-care demands and achieving critical mass are just some of the issues explored.

A film by Siri Rødnes & Marie Lidén.

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It’s great to be a woman scientist; it’s challenging to be a woman scientist

It’s great to be a woman scientist; it’s challenging to be a woman scientist | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

I recently volunteered to help organise an event run by the Canadian Science Policy Centre that looked at the status of women in science and technology. To be frank, I was mightily fearful about participating in such an event. I had the idea that it would quickly degenerate into a depressing evening of man-bashing. (...) - SciLogs, Blog MMMBITESIZESCIENCE, by Stephanie Swift, 22 May 2013

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Why the Status of Women in STEM Fields Needs to Change

Why the Status of Women in STEM Fields Needs to Change | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that women are heavily under-represented in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Though the Association for Women in Science reports that 1.3 million women are employed in STEM careers, a 2009 survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce found that those women represent just 24 percent of STEM jobs – and that they earn, on average, 12 percent less than their male counterparts. A 2012 survey of publications on J­STOR, a digital archiving service, discovered that women are also unlikely to be listed as last authors of scholarly articles – especially in the biological sciences, where the rate of female last-authorship is only 16.5 percent.(...) - Soapbox Science, 06 Mar 2013

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It's your thing!: How the European Commission Is Trying to Attract More Women to Science

It's your thing!: How the European Commission Is Trying to Attract More Women to Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dream jobs, 6 reasons science needs you and Profiles of women in science are three of the areas on a website launched last year by the European Commission to encourage teenage girls to consider science as a career—a website called Science: It's a girl thing! (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Curt Rice, January 29, 2013

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Do women academics really publish less than men?

Do women academics really publish less than men? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research suggests women academics are more inclined to collaboration and co-authorship – if this is true, asks Karen Schucan Bird, what are the implications for REF 2014? (...) - The Guardian, by

Karen Schucan Bird, Tuesday 22 January 2013
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Les filles éclipsent les garçons des universités britanniques

Alors que les frais universitaires ont bondi, les garçons renoncent aux études supérieures et les filles sont chaque jour plus nombreuses dans les amphis. (...) - Le Figaro, par Assma Maad, 18/12/2012
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