Higher education organizations should look into creating an inter-institution monitoring organization to help eliminate gender bias in the academic sciences, a report released today by The National Academy of Sciences recommends. The recommendation is one of a number in the report made by the Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, whose 18 members include Chair Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami; Catherine D. Deangelis, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association; and Robert J. Birgeneau, chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Called "Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering," the new report lays out steps the Committee believes need to be taken by universities, scientific and professional societies, funding agencies, federal agencies and Congress. Increasing the presence of female scientists in academia is key to American competitiveness, the report stresses....

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!