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One Weird Trick To Improve Women's Chances in Science

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#1 Sarah R. Dickey


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:25 PM

Although 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 increasing female participation in meetings.” Furthermore, research shows that when a woman is part of the organizing team that invites speakers to scientific conferences, the number of female speakers in the session shoots up by 72%.

To view the full article: Pappas, Stephanie, Livescience, January 9, 2014 – One Weird Trick to Improve Women’s Chances in Science: http://www.livescien...en-science.html

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