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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.

  • Women students in lab. Photo from Carnegie Mello University

    Language may undermine women in science and tech

    Despite decades of positive messaging to encourage women and girls to pursue education tracks and careers in STEM, women continue to fall far below their male counterparts in these fields. A new study at Carnegie Mellon University examined 25 languages to explore the gender stereotypes in language that undermine efforts to support equality across STEM career paths. The results are available in the August 3rd issue of Nature Human Behavior.

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    Fall's Looming Child-Care Crisis

    Welcome to the fall of 2020, a semester that will test the endurance, flexibility, and finances of parents everywhere. Both K-12 and college schedules are expected to keep shifting to reflect the changing risks posed by Covid-19. Children who start out in classrooms may end up studying from home for longer than their exhausted parents had counted on. That could cause a child-care dilemma for parents whose own schedules and workplaces are in flux.

  • Photo of Dr. Autumn Green

    Closing University Child Care Centers Hurts Both Student Parents and Future Educators

    "Across the country, early childhood care and education programs have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most closed in March, and though some are reopening as they are allowed by states, it’s expected that many will never reopen. These programs were financially precarious before the pandemic, and after months of closures and now with new regulations around cleaning and social distancing, it’s tough to make the numbers add up." 

  • Colleen Flaherty

    Perceptions of Productivity and Parenting

    "Rather than gender, the researchers found that the biggest productivity gap during the pandemic might be between parents and nonparents",  says Colleen Flaherty citing the working paper by Breuning et al. in Political Science Education and Profession.

  • Changes in levels and allocations of work time (Myers et al., 2020)

    Unequal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on scientists

    COVID-19 has not affected all scientists equally. A survey of principal investigators indicates that female scientists, those in the ‘bench sciences’ and, especially, scientists with young children experienced a substantial decline in time devoted to research. This could have important short- and longer-term effects on their careers, which institution leaders and funders need to address carefully.

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    MOOC on Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom: starts October 1 and runs for 5 weeks

    Cornell University is offering a free MOOC on Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom. It starts on October 1 and runs for the five weeks. Almost 6000 faculty have already enrolled!

    Alternatively, you can request a facilitator's guide to run a faculty learning community at your institution using this form.

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    Women researchers are publishing less since the pandemic hit. What can their employers do to help?

    “If you’re a woman and you have small children at home, or you have to take care of an ailing relative or your household, it is much more difficult to have three days or four days where you can just travel,” Bredella said. 

    Recipients will also benefit from mentorship at the institution they’re visiting, Bredella added.

    “I cannot emphasize this enough — how important it is to have a diverse set of mentors around the world in different areas,” she said.

  • Woman on clock chased by COVID-19 virus. istock.com/krizzdapaul

    The problems with Pausing the Tenure Clock

    Colleges have not thoroughly examined the cost of such well-intentioned measures and how they might exacerbate racial and gender inequalities, Reem Khamis-Dakwar and Josh Hiller argue.

  • Colleen Flaherty

    Gender, Race, COVID-19, and the Case Against Tenure-Clock Stoppages

    The authors "caution against one popular COVID-19-era accommodation, in particular, however: tenure-clock stoppages. Instead of advantaging scholars by giving them more time to work toward tenure, the authors say, stoppages hurt scholars by decreasing their long-term earning potential, putting them out of sync with time-restricted funding mechanisms and delaying the power than comes with tenure, such as applying for large research center grants that require the principal investigator be tenured."

  • Graph of preprints in three scientific databases showing percentage of women authors

    Gender Gap in Research Output Widens During Pandemic

    Experts identify childcare, which tends to fall to women, as one likely cause for the relative decrease in women’s scientific productivity compared with men’s.

  • Woman in lab. Credit: Getty Images

    Black Women Scientists Missing from Biology Textbooks - Study

    Scientists featured in textbooks are predominantly white men, according to a study of US biology textbooks. Women were highlighted only 13% of the time, while 6.7% were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.  Black women were not represented a single time in any of the works analyzed.

  • Richard Reddick. Credit: Molly Akin

    The pressure on researchers from ethnic minority groups to participate in campus diversity issues comes at a cost. This Nature article by Virginia Gewin summarizes research on cultural taxation and shares the experiences and recommendations from five scientists.

  • Challenges for the Female Academic During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Science and innovation benefit from diversity. However, as the global community fights COVID-19, the productivity and scientific output of female academics are disproportionately affected, leading to loss of women's scientific expertise from the public realm.

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    10 Small Steps for Department Chairs to Foster Inclusion

    Improving the campus climate for faculty members remains an important and elusive goal for leaders in higher education. After all, the term “climate” itself signals something both all-encompassing and intangible: a facet of campus life that is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. So how can campus leaders go about fostering climates that are, in fact, truly inclusive? How particularly is this possible at a time when faculty of color are witnessing and experiencing racist violence across the country?

  • Lab scientist - Credit: iStock.com/skynesher

    Deep Biases Prevent Diverse Talent from Advancing

    A new study indicates that underrepresented students in science-related fields are innovating at high rates—but not reaping commensurate rewards.

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