When sexist comments make it into a technical review of a research article, journal editors and publishers are wise to take a moment and think about processes for finding, responding to, and eradicating
If you are a fan of academic banter and hang out on Twitter, there are several irreverent Twitter handles you can follow to get a glimpse into the world of academics. A few of these center around peer review. Handles such as @yourpapersucks or @academicssay deliver fictional and sometimes real and frustrating examples of less than helpful feedback given to authors. Many of these are comedy gold. (...) - The Scholarly kitchen, by Angela Cochran, May 7, 2015
Researchers monitoring the effects of climate change in central Africa could benefit from a mobile phone app allowing locals to record data on water collection points…but would it help Cameroonian women carry that water home for their families? Clearly, the objectives of different parties faced with a changing climate are not always aligned. This could accou...
Ann-Sofie Schreurs discovered Space late. No worries, though: that was never going to stop her. By making the choices that felt right to her, she carved out a path leading to her post-doc in space biosciences at the NASA Ames Research Center. And tomorrow, perhaps, onward to Mars. In fact, she just spent two weeks there—or as close as it gets—getting a taste...
Lors d’un tremblement de terre, on considère généralement qu’un bâtiment qui ne s’effondre pas est un bâtiment bien conçu. Anna Reggio n’est pas tout à fait de cet avis. Empêcher l’effondrement des structures est nécessaire, mais pas suffisant pour permettre aux communautés de se...
PhD student Svenja Kohnemann had the adventure of a lifetime when she lived aboard the ice-breaking research vessel, Polarstern, for four weeks. Living and working in the company of scientists from an array of disciplines, she not only obtained essential results for her work in atmostpheric sciences, but also participated in others' studies of the Arctic world.
Today Women In Healthcare & Life Sciences (WIHLS)—a global, non-profit, non-partisan research institute committed to advancing women in the healthcare and life science industries—announces the launch of a new initiative aimed to encourage research and scientific interests of girls. The Science Runway(thesciencerunway.com) is a website specifically designed to attract young girls to careers in healthcare and life sciences by showcasing women who have successfully created careers in a variety of roles.
It is a pity they had to use the "girly" image of the runway to attract young girls, otherwise the idea is neat!
Dans le monde, seulement 30 % des chercheurs sont des femmes. Bien que les femmes soient de plus en plus nombreuses à s’inscrire à l’université, un grand nombre d’entre elles sont exclues des plus hauts niveaux qui leur permettraient de faire carrière dans la recherche. Cependant, une analyse des données plus approfondie révèle quelques exceptions surprenantes. Par exemple, en Bolivie, les femmes représentent 63 % des chercheurs, contre 26 % en France et 8 % en Éthiopie. (...) - CDEACF, par Mélissa Lessard, 05/03/2014
Men and women may feel like they differ on much more than just the possession or not of a Y chromosome. How we react emotionally to a situation, remember events and navigate our way around the environment has also been shown to differ between genders.
Amy Reichelt: "It is important in scientific research to avoid neurosexism - jumping to gender stereotypes as conclusions to explain observations. This can lead to misunderstanding and over-selling of discoveries and observations in neuroscience."
Do you remember your teenage years? Who can forget! Adolescence is a time of discovery, but also of risk-taking. Dr. Kiki Zanolie wanted to know why: What, specifically, is happening in teenagers’ brains to make them knowingly run risks? The results of her studies of brain regions involved in decision-making may hold an answer to that question.
With interests spanning biology, Chinese language, and the communication of science, Agathe Chaigne could have chosen to pursue any one of the fields. Instead, she chose all three. Her studies have taken her through several prestigious institutions in France, including UPMC's Complexité du Vivant graduate school, to China and back again, and onward t...
We hear a lot about gender balance in science, but what about gender in the research itself? This point, covered at the 4th Gender Summit, held recently in Brussels, really left an impression on WAX Science, the association for stereotype-free science. Gender bias in research is not just about the numbers, as WAX explains. Learn more about the concept of gen...
En regardant par secteurs, on constate qu’en France, comme ailleurs, la proportion de femme augmente et tend vers la parité, mais avec de fortes différences entre disciplines. Contrairement à une idée reçue, notre situation en sciences, bien que médiocre sur le plan européen, est bien meilleure que la situation en SHS. Enfin, du fait taux élevé de nouveaux docteurs étrangers qui ne resteront pas en France, les chiffres globaux donnent une idée trop flatteuse de notre situation : en 10 ans le nombre de doctorants soutenus par des français baisse de 20 %. Pour atteindre 3 % du PIB pour la recherche, il faut d’aller vers un doublement du nombre de docteurs formés par an. (...) - par Henri Audier, SNCS, 27/02/214
For every Brian Greene who has deservedly become famous for his popularizations of string theory, there is a Lisa Randall whose brilliant work in brane theory has led to her highly readable accounts in books such as the 2011 Knocking on Heavens Doora...
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