Sunday, July 20, 2014

Interesting Thought of the Week

Science is an ongoing process.  It never ends.  There is no single ultimate truth to be achieved, after which all the scientists can retire.  And, because this is so, the world is far more interesting, both for the scientists and for the millions of people in every nation who, while not professional scientists, are deeply interested in the methods and findings of science.
--Carl Sagan, Cosmos, Introduction     

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

PNAS: "Elite Male Faculty in the Life Sciences Employ Fewer Women"

On this blog, we're no strangers to talking about gender bias in science.  The evidence of that is here, here, here, and here, with more hopefully coming as soon as I have time to sit down to write a long post.  

However, because of that, something I just read caught my eye and I thought I'd share:  It is an interesting study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (also known as PNAS) that makes a fairly important conclusion about the state of gender in the academic life science workforce.  The article is freely available here,   It was written by a life science researcher and his significant other/partner, who is a computer scientist.  There's an interview with them at Science Careers here and a commentary about the article itself here.  Beyond being a stellar example of using existing internet data to create a meaningful analysis, it is quite telling about the state of gender equality in science.  I couldn't describe the paper any better than the abstract, which I've pasted below (after the jump break):