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mber of women on the panel, and six of the 13 grants went to women. Barres said that he has now set his sights on challenging what he perceives as male bias in the lucrative Howard Hughes Investigator program, an elite scientific award that virtually guarantees long-term research funding.

In his commentary, Barres listed additional ideas for how to retain more women and minorities in science, above and beyond the standard cries to simply hire more women. He suggested that women scientists be judged by the quality of their science rather than the quantity, given that many of them still bear the brunt of child-care responsibilities. He proposed enacting more gender-balanced selection processes for grants and job searches, as was done with the Pioneer award. And he called on academic leaders to speak out when departments aren't diverse.

Barres said that critics have dismissed women who complain of discrimination in science as being irrational and emotional, but he said that the opposite argument is easy to make. "It is overwhelmingly men who commit violent crimes out of rage and anger," he wrote. "If any one ever sees a women with road rage, they should write it up and send it to a medical journal."

He continued, "I am tired of powerful people using their position to demean me just because I am different from them. ... I will certainly not sit around silently and endure them."

(Source: Eurekalert)
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