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Guest posted a topic in Women in Bone Resource CenterAlthough women gain about half of the science and engineering doctorate degrees in the United States, they are much more likely than men to drop out of academic science, a theory christened the “leaky pipeline”. As chair of the planning committee for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Dr. Arturo Casadevall noticed a gender imbalance in the scientists speaking at meetings and proposed a theory to combat the “leaky pipeline”. Casadevall states, “Since talking at meetings is really, really important for a career in science; you can imagine that this would be a very simple mechanism for