The Scientist 7[20]:1, Oct. 18, 1993


Sex Discrimination Controversies Continue To Plague Health Agency

By Franklin Hoke

"The [NIH] administration has been very responsive," Kleinman says, citing Lance A. Liotta, the deputy director for intramural research, as particularly so. "But I would say that when you get down to the scientific directors, there's been less accountability."

Changes in place as of late last month that are intended to improve the professional prospects of NIH's women scientists include a new tenure policy--NIH tenures scientists much as academia does--designed to ease conflicts between family obligations and the tenure-track schedule; the appointment of a woman scientist adviser to the scientific director of each institute to confer on gender issues; and a sharp rise in the representation of women as speakers at NIH-sponsored scientific meetings.

At this point, the administration "has implemented or is in the process of implementing every single recommendation" of...

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