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This section includes news releases about the project and, more in general, studies on gender and diversity with particular emphasis on STEM disciplines.

  • Woman scientist in lab. TIMA MIROSHNICHENKO/PEXELS.COM

    A Win for Pandemic-Impacted PIs

    Following criticism that its policy on extensions for early-career scientists disproportionately impacted women, whose careers have already been unevenly affected by COVID-19, the National Institutes of Health changes course.

  • Kremer will oversee new building project for IMSE department

    Gül Kremer, Wilkinson Professor in Interdisciplinary Engineering at Iowa State University, has been appointed to a new role that will oversee the project to build the Therkildsen Industrial Engineering Building, the new home for the department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE). 

  • Students talking

    How bystanders can shut down microaggressions

    How can you effectively intervene when you see someone being targeted for an aspect of their identity? Psychologists studying intergroup relations and perspective-taking offer this advice.

  • Black woman faculty in classroom

    POV: Where Are the Tenured Black Female Professors?

    A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article reported that as of the fall of 2019, only 2.1 percent of tenured associate and full professors at US universities and colleges were Black women. A Boston Globe story noted that Boston University has 700 tenured faculty members, 7 of whom are Black women. 

  • Woman at microscope. Artem Podrez/

    The Grass May Be Greener for Women in Industry

    The pay gap between men and women in academic science is bigger than it is in industry, according to a new analysis of federal survey data. What might it take to close that gap?

  • Figure 1 from paper showing percentage of disputes in naming, ordering and acknowledgment. Women in yellow, men in black

    The Gendered Nature of Authorship

    Authorship is the primary form of symbolic capital in science. Despite this, authorship is rife with injustice and malpractice, with women expressing concerns regarding the fair attribution of credit. 

    Devaluation of women’s work in science creates cumulative disadvantages in scientific careers. Open discussion regarding power dynamics related to gender is necessary to develop more equitable distribution of credit for scientific labor.

  • A Disturbing Pattern

    Inadequately citing or entirely omitting the scholarship of women and people of color reflects the larger problem of entrenched marginalization in the academy, write 12 women scholars.

  • Bull's eye on target. Getty Plus Images

    We Must Name Systemic Changes in Support of DEI

    It is time to not just say the system in academe is inequitable but also to start putting our finger on the particular pieces that require a reset, write Beth Mitchneck and Jessi L. Smith.

  • Adrienne Minerick

    PI Minerick is President of American Society for Engineering Education

    Dr. Adrienne Minerick, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University and MTU's PI of the ADVANCE Midwest Partnership Award, was elected President of the American Society for Engineering Education at their annual conference, July 26-29, 2021.

  • Academe isn't a Leaky Pipeline: It's a Game of Chutes and Ladders - and We Can Even the Odds

    Academic careers are rarely linear, and scholars do not passively leak out en route to their final destination. We’d do better to think of the academy as a game of Chutes and Ladders (or Snakes and Ladders, depending on where you’re from). In this game, players edge forward incrementally until they land on a square that springboards them ahead of other players (a ladder) or — surprise! — plunges them backward (a chute).

  • Elena A. Miranda is professor of geology in the department of geological sciences at California State University, Northridge.

    The Leaky Pipeline Playbook

    Elena A. Miranda highlights the actions and behaviors of gatekeepers who hold the power to make or break careers and perpetuate the disenfranchisement of women and people of color.

  • Graph showing the proportion of men and women scientists starting their career, showing that women have increased by 1/5 between 2000 and 2016.

    More women than ever are starting careers in science

    Women are more likely to start a research career now than they were 20 years ago, reveals a longitudinal study of the publishing records of millions of researchers around the world. But they are less likely to continue their academic careers than are their male contemporaries, and in general publish fewer papers.

  • Graph showing the relationship between academics' perception that heir field values 'brilliance' and impostor feelings by gender and URM status

    Impostor Feelings and ‘Brilliance’ Fields

    Women -- especially women of color -- and graduate students and postdocs are more likely to think they don’t belong in fields perceived to value genius over training, study says.

  • Productivity Impact of Caregiving and Domestic Responsibilities on Geoscientists. Source: AGI

    Female Academic Geoscientists Are More Negatively Impacted by Caregiving and Domestic Responsibilities During Pandemic

    A higher percentage of women geoscientists reduced their work hours due to caregiving and domestic responsibilities than did men, with nearly one-third of female academic faculty and 16% of female non-academic geoscientists reporting a reduction in work hours.

  • Want a More Diverse Faculty Applicant Pool? Consider the Search Committee.

    Committees chaired by women or underrepresented-minority faculty members attract more diverse applicants, one study found.

  • chart about impacts on time. Women report losing nearly twice as much time per day for research compared to men. Women also spend significantly more time on childcare than men (Deryugina et al., 2021).

    The pandemic has impacted how all faculty spend their time, but female faculty are losing more time for research and writing than their male peers. The decrease in time available for scholarship is even more pronounced for women in STEM, particularly those caring for school-aged children. Faculty of color and women are also contributing more service and support for students.

    Download article from Villanova University

    Prepared by Stephanie A. Goodwin, Ph.D., for Villanova VISIBLE NSF ADVANCE #1824237

  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell

    The Silent Pulse of the Universe: Jocelyn Bell Burnell's Story

    She changes astronomy forever. He won the Nobel Prize for it. In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discovery.
    But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked.

  • Cover of paper: Men shoes and one pair of women shoes. By Alvaro Dominguez

    The Pandemic Hit Female Academics Hardest: What Are Colleges Going To Do About it?

    It’s critical, for the next 10 years, to have the impact of this pandemic documented. Somebody who’s a postdoc now, or a graduate student now — people will forget. “You know, this cohort just isn’t as productive.”

  • Raised hands of different colors as background to title of report

    Building Diverse Campuses: 4 Key Questions and 4 Case Studies

    This free report from the Chronicle of Higher Education shows how four different institutions are making racial equity a priority.

  • How a Science Department Diversified Its Applicant Pool

    In 2003 a National Bureau of Economic Research study found that résumés with white-sounding names got 50 percent more callbacks than did résumés with Black-sounding names. With that in mind, Yale University’s department of molecular biophysics and biochemistry is anonymizing part of its faculty-application process. That means no names of candidates, institutions, journals, or labs on applications. 

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