A few of the blog posts and articles that caught my eye this week, in no particular order:
Assistant professor and X-Gal Rachel Cantwell writes about the discrepancy between the gender and race composition of science fair participants and judges for The Chronicle of Higher Education, and reflects on how the similar lack of role models in academia affects the creation of a welcoming culture for women and minorities.
In my current position, as well as when I travel for my work, I am routinely confronted by the predominance of men within the profession, particularly in positions of power or leadership, such as full professors, symposium organizers, or provosts. I am surprised I didn't understand the implications of that when I was an undergraduate or even a graduate student. But now I do.
I’m pretty sure we girls are allowed to read it. I don’t think anybody’s going to come along and snatch it out of our delicate, manicured hands. Which is great, because this book kicks so much ass I think everyone should buy it. I seriously cannot say enough good things about the book itself. It really has everything, from the previously mentioned water bomb instructions* to gift wrapping, marbling paper, and poetry (quel butch, no?) to famous battles and true-life tales of derring do. So much is cool in this book that I keep wanting to add to the examples I’m giving. Bugs! Stars! Codes! Invisible Ink! Grammar lessons and Latin (for reals)! Seriously, Latin.
Bitch PhD points to an article in the spring issue of Ms. Magazine that appointment of Drew Gilpin Faust to the presidency of Harvard isn't enough.
Arizona Daily Star notes that "Women graduates increase in science". Between 1995 and 2006 the number of women graduating with science degrees from the University of Arizona jumped from 30% to 39.4%. I imagine there will be more stories like this as we progress through graduation season.
Tags: women in science