Navigation Links
The academic jungle: Ecosystem model reveals why women are driven out of science
Date:6/26/2012

Understanding how a species battles to sustain itself in a challenging habitat is a cornerstone of ecological research; now scientists have applied this approach to science itself to discover why women are being driven out of academia. Their results, published in Oikos, reveals how a gender imbalance in science and academia is maintained by institutional barriers.

"In ecology a species can only establish itself and develop if the population exceeds a certain threshold," said Dr Katherine O'Brien from the University of Queensland, Australia. "It's similar for researchers and academics who need to reach a certain point before they can attract more funding, more students to teach and high quality collaborators which can increase their research productivity. Yet there are barriers which prevent women from reaching this point."

One of these barriers is the tendency of female academics towards part-time work in order to balance family and work commitments. Working part-time is rare in academia while university managers find it difficult to assess the research performance of part-time staff using traditional methods.

The performance of academics and researchers is increasingly assessed using set metrics such as the number of papers produced in a year or the number of citations the research generates.

While these metrics can promote research output within an organisation, they can also undermine diversity, which in ecological terms is fatal to a species as it underpins resilience.

"To use the ecology analogy, research productivity is similar to the birth rate of a new species. Both need to exceed a critical rate if the population is going to grow and survive, or the academic is to become established in their field," said O'Brien. "However, research metrics are strongly biased towards full-time continuous employment and penalise academics who take time off before they become established."

The ecological model
'/>"/>

Contact: Ben Norman
Lifesciencenews@wiley.com
44-124-377-0375
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. 7 pharmaceutical companies join academic researchers to speed TB drug discovery
2. Unexpected crustacean diversity discovered in northern freshwater ecosystems
3. Hot meets cold at new deep-sea ecosystem: Hydrothermal seep
4. Melting glaciers, enough sand to bury London, and ancient ecosystem engineering
5. Extreme weather threatens rich ecosystems
6. Loss of predators in Northern Hemisphere affecting ecosystem health
7. Thomson Reuters Launches Life Sciences Partner Ecosystem to Drive Collaborative R&D Drug Processes
8. USF study: Common fungicide wreaks havoc on freshwater ecosystems
9. A network of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe
10. Wildfire and an example of its important link to the ecosystem
11. Consortium of scientists maps the human bodys bacterial ecosystem
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/28/2014)... the University of Minnesota have developed an animal research ... for muscle regeneration research as well as studies of ... research is published in the current edition of the ... treatment for FSHD, which is thought by many to ... is an unusual genetic disorder because, unlike most genetic ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... unique method for delivering compounds that could ... and AIDS may be possible, thanks to ... Sciences., A semi-soft vaginal suppository made from ... with the antiviral drug Tenofovir provides a ... the spread of sexually transmitted infections during ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... new roads will be built worldwide by 2050. Many ... where they bring an influx of destructive loggers, hunters ... has created a ,global roadmap, for prioritising road building ... demands of development and environmental protection. , The map ... natural importance of ecosystems and a ,road-benefits, layer that ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):UMN researchers find animal model for understudied type of muscular dystrophy 2Sensory-tested drug-delivery vehicle could limit spread of HIV, AIDS 2Sensory-tested drug-delivery vehicle could limit spread of HIV, AIDS 3Study shows where on the planet new roads should and should not go 2Study shows where on the planet new roads should and should not go 3
... Ohio Recent research that links specific pieces of ... lead the way to the prevention of viroids, pathogens ... plants. The findings and the research approach ... applications in the study of how certain viruses spread ...
... us have missed a dose of antibiotic or forgotten to ... as they are for people with HIV/AIDS a ... for the entire population. Now, a breath monitoring device ... Inc. could help prevent the emergence of drug-resistant strains of ...
... definitive critical review, scientists at Childrens Hospital & ... biological or behavioral evidence linking vitamin D deficiency ... staff scientist and Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D., senior ... conclude that there is ample biological evidence to ...
Cached Biology News:Analysis of RNA role in spreading disease advances study of damaging plant infections 2Analysis of RNA role in spreading disease advances study of damaging plant infections 3Analysis of RNA role in spreading disease advances study of damaging plant infections 4Scientists test device to track medication adherence in patients with HIV/AIDS 2Scientists test device to track medication adherence in patients with HIV/AIDS 3Vitamin D in brain function 2Vitamin D in brain function 3
(Date:8/29/2014)... 2014 Due to a misstatement posted by ... Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC ( ASCTC ) was ... therapy research that might benefit ALS patients. Because of ... stem cell technologies and therapeutic applications, FRC listed ASCTC as ... donors who wish not to support research that requires ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 28, 2014 Best Sanitizers, Inc., the ... alcohol-based hand sanitizer, asks food processors and food handling ... hand sanitizer they’re currently using to Best Sanitizers’ ... is critical to fighting cross-contamination and the spread of ... believes there are key criteria that make a hand ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... The ability for organizations to attract top ... individuals to perform at the highest of levels, are ... to compete in this post–recession era. The pharmaceutical ... the sector increasingly focuses on the importance of employee-fit ... real results on the organization's development and the innovation ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Exciting new work by a Florida ... molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white ... , And, the molecule looks like a butterfly. , ... and Biomedical Engineering in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, ... ago, but has continued to discover that his creation ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC Declines ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donors Wishing to Support Ethical Research for New Stem Cell Therapies 2The Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC Declines ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donors Wishing to Support Ethical Research for New Stem Cell Therapies 3Food Processors and Food Handlers are Encouraged to Prepare for Fall Harvest by Evaluating Their Current Hand Sanitizer Using Nine Key Criteria 2Food Processors and Food Handlers are Encouraged to Prepare for Fall Harvest by Evaluating Their Current Hand Sanitizer Using Nine Key Criteria 3Klein Hersh International Leads Philadelphia Area Life Science Industry in Company Culture 2Klein Hersh International Leads Philadelphia Area Life Science Industry in Company Culture 3Novel 'butterfly' molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices 2
... DIEGO and AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 16 DJO Incorporated,(NYSE: ... services that promote,musculoskeletal and vascular health, today reported that ... granted early termination of the,waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino ... acquisition of DJO by an affiliate of,ReAble Therapeutics, Inc. ...
... Technology,s Robert Lanza, MIT,s Robert ... Langer, and Harvard,s Joseph Vacanti, WORCESTER, Mass., ... medicine, Robert Lanza, M.D.,VP Research & Scientific Development for Advanced ... at MIT,(recent recipient of the National Medal of Science), and ...
... Sales Up 49%, Pre-Tax Net Income Up 42%, ... Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CKGT), a vertically integrated,grower, developer, ... today filed its report on Form 10QSB and reported ... All results reported,are in U.S. dollars. The Company ...
Cached Biology Technology:DJO Incorporated's Pending Merger With ReAble Therapeutics Clears U.S. Antitrust Review 2DJO Incorporated's Pending Merger With ReAble Therapeutics Clears U.S. Antitrust Review 3DJO Incorporated's Pending Merger With ReAble Therapeutics Clears U.S. Antitrust Review 4New Edition of Definitive Resource in Tissue Engineering Released Today 2New Edition of Definitive Resource in Tissue Engineering Released Today 3China Kangtai Cactus Biotech Files 2nd Quarter 2007 10QSB and Announces Unaudited Quarterly Results 2China Kangtai Cactus Biotech Files 2nd Quarter 2007 10QSB and Announces Unaudited Quarterly Results 3
RNA oligomers from 10 to 50 bases purified by PAGE and MS-checked. RNAs are supplied dried and fully deprotected....
... (Cap Analog) is used for the synthesis ... vitro transcription reactions. Substitution of cap analog ... in an in vitro transcription reaction results ... into a large fraction of the transcripts. ...
The iEMS Incubator/Shaker is a high performance microplate incubator and orbital shaker. Its superior temperature control and efficient orbital shaking reduce incubation times. -...
... atlantica Description: Beta-Agarase is useful in ... low-melting-temperature agarose. Beta-Agarase digests the agarose ... Friendly Properties: Heat Inactivation: 65C, 15 ... pH: 6.5 Purity: Tested for contaminating ...
Biology Products: