Navigation Links
Too few women scientists achieving academic leadership positions
Date:11/16/2007

New Rochelle, November 16, 2007 As the U.S. continues to fall behind countries such as China and India in producing high-level scientists, one immediate and obvious solution would be to take advantage of the many women who have obtained doctoral degrees in science but have been passed over in their attempts to rise to the position of tenured professor, according to a provocative editorial in the November 2007 issue (Volume 26, Number 11) of DNA and Cell Biology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The editorial is available free online.

Co-authors Jo Handelsman, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Editor-in-Chief of DNA and Cell Biology, and President of the Rosalind Franklin Society, and Robert Birgeneau, PhD, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, contend that a few significant changes in the academic system in the U.S. could move more accomplished women scientists into positions of leadership, helping to balance the current gender inequality in the hierarchy of academia and to fortify the countrys overall scientific leadership. The Rosalind Franklin Society, established in early 2007 by Mary Ann Liebert, honors the achievements of the woman who pioneered the discovery of the structure of DNA by working to encourage greater opportunities for women in the biomedical sciences through education, mentoring, and advocacy.

Building on the findings of a National Academy report entitled Beyond Bias and Barriers, which attributes the lack of women in academic leadership positions to a combination of unconscious biases and archaic university structures, Handelsman and Birgeneau support the Academys recommendation for educating the academic community about the insidious role of unconscious bias in decision-making.

Furthermore, they point to the antiquated tenure system, in which women are often held back from advancing to tenured professorships because of child-bearing and family responsibilities, as being in need of reform. Relatively simple and straightforward changes such as tenure clock extensions, quality childcare, or job-sharing could enable an existing pool of talented and capable women scientists to move into the upper echelons of academia and scientific research and boost


'/>"/>

Contact: Vicki Cohn
vcohn@liebertpub.com
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Drug could improve pregnancy outcomes in wider range of women with insulin resistance
2. Women more depressed and men more impulsive with reduced serotonin functioning
3. Pregnant women at risk for unnecessary operations due to misdiagnosis of appendicitis
4. Cell response to stress signals predicts tumors in women with common pre-breast cancer
5. UK scientists working to help cut ID theft
6. Scientists show that mitochondrial DNA variants are linked to risk factors for type 2 diabetes
7. Comet probes reveal evidence of origin of life, scientists claim
8. Scientists link fragile X tremor/ataxia syndrome to binding protein in RNA
9. Male elephants get photo IDs from scientists
10. Scientists retrace evolution with first atomic structure of an ancient protein
11. Muscle mass: Scientists identify novel mode of transcriptional regulation during myogenesis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/15/2016)... Yissum Research Development Company of the ... the Hebrew University, announced today the formation of ... various human biological indicators. Neteera Technologies has completed its ... investors. ... electromagnetic emissions from sweat ducts, enables reliable and speedy ...
(Date:3/11/2016)... 11, 2016 http://www.apimages.com ) - --> ... is available at AP Images ( http://www.apimages.com ) - ... used to produce the new refugee identity cards. DERMALOG will be ... CeBIT in Hanover next week.   --> ... be used to produce the new refugee identity cards. DERMALOG will ...
(Date:3/10/2016)... , March 10, 2016   Unisys Corporation ... and Border Protection (CBP) is testing its biometric identity ... San Diego to help identify certain non-U.S. citizens ... . The test, designed to help determine the efficiency and ... began in February and will run until May 2016. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Weeks after hosting a carpal tunnel ... Michael Fitzmaurice, hand surgeon and founder of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, has announced the ... machine is a state-of-the-art technology and only 1 of about 3 currently available in ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... May 26, 2016  Agriculture nutrients are in the ... Iowa is running their nitrate removal system ... Erie and coastal regions nationwide are painting ... this widespread issue. NECi Superior Enzymes, a ... Peninsula, developed a new, easy to use device that ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... today announced several positive developments that position the Company for the future. ... the transaction, Craig F. Kinghorn has been appointed Chairman of the Board, Curtis ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Founder of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in ... of the hand by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, as of ... in his pursuit of providing the most comprehensive, effective treatment for his patients, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: