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HHMI Kickstarts $2 Billion Initiative to Boost Diversity in STEM
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will invest the funds over 10 years across all stages of the STEM pipeline.
HHMI Kickstarts $2 Billion Initiative to Boost Diversity in STEM
HHMI Kickstarts $2 Billion Initiative to Boost Diversity in STEM

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will invest the funds over 10 years across all stages of the STEM pipeline.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will invest the funds over 10 years across all stages of the STEM pipeline.

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How STEM Can Be More Inclusive of Scientists with Disabilities
Amanda Heidt | Jun 7, 2021 | 4 min read
The culture of academia can make disabled scientists wary of disclosing their conditions or needs. Molecular biologist Justin Yerbury suggests how the system might become more inclusive. 
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US Lawmakers Propose Doubling of NSF Funding
Asher Jones | Mar 29, 2021 | 2 min read
A bipartisan bill aims to increase the National Science Foundation’s budget over the next five years and form a new technology directorate.
Pandemic May “Roll Back” Women’s Gains in STEMM: NASEM Report
Catherine Offord | Mar 10, 2021 | 2 min read
A National Academies study of COVID-19’s effect on academic researchers adds to the evidence that women’s careers have been particularly damaged by the global disruption.
Opinion: Peer Review Study Compromises Response to Gender Bias
Ada Hagan | Jan 29, 2021 | 5 min read
A recent analysis that claimed no evidence of gender-based peer review outcomes fails to account for several factors.
Q&A: Study Quantifies LGBQ Representation in STEM Degrees, Jobs
Max Kozlov | Nov 18, 2020 | 7 min read
One of the first analyses of its kind finds a smaller proportion of men in same-sex couples earn STEM degrees than do men in heterosexual couples. It’s a different story for women.
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Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 9, 2020 | 6 min read
Numerous candidates with STEM backgrounds are running for federal seats, and record numbers are competing in local races across the country.
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Candidates from STEM and Medical Fields in the National Elections
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 9, 2020 | 6 min read
See who’s on the ballot for House and Senate seats this year.
Amidst Uncertainty, Flexibility Is Key in Higher Ed, Faculty Say
Abby Olena, PhD | Jul 1, 2020 | 8 min read
Life sciences professors and other staff make contingency plans for more coronavirus-related disruptions in the coming school year.
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Saudi Arabian Universities Push to Recruit Women Faculty
Andy Tay | Apr 5, 2020 | 4 min read
In the kingdom’s mostly gender segregated education system, expanding department offerings to female students means needing to hire women professors—a scarcity in STEM fields in Saudi Arabia.
Scholars Debate Causes of Women’s Underrepresentation in STEM
Amy Schleunes | Feb 17, 2020 | 2 min read
Two new commentaries on a contested 2018 study about gender disparities in STEM fields clash over whether sex differences or social inequalities are to blame for the lack of women scientists and engineers.
Harvard, Yale Investigated for Undisclosed Foreign Funding
Catherine Offord | Feb 13, 2020 | 2 min read
The US Department of Education is looking into allegations that the institutions failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts from other countries.
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A Year After the Midterm Elections, Where Are They Now?
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 17, 2019 | 6 min read
Political newcomers to federal and state legislatures with STEM backgrounds are bringing evidence to drafting laws, yet getting bills passed remains elusive.
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Men Promote Scientific Findings More Effusively than Women Do
Lisa Winter | Dec 17, 2019 | 2 min read
Male researchers are more likely to describe their work in publications using positive superlatives than their female colleagues are, a habit tied to more citations.
Opinion: How to Stop Women’s Silence in STEM
Andrea Anton, Francisca C. Garcia, and Maria Ll. Calleja | Jul 16, 2019 | 3 min read
Our survey of seminars in biology and chemistry shows that women ask fewer questions than men. We propose ways to change that.
#MeTooSTEM Founder BethAnn McLaughlin Has Left Vanderbilt
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 10, 2019 | 2 min read
Her departure follows her denial of tenure.
June 2019 Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2019 issue of The Scientist.
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Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities
Esther Landhuis | Jun 1, 2019 | 8 min read
Diversity programs are shifting their focus from just providing academic support to creating a learning environment that is more inclusive of people of different backgrounds.
STEM Profs’ Views on Intelligence May Affect Student Outcomes
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 15, 2019 | 2 min read
Students, especially racial minorities, tend to perform worse when professors believe intelligence is fixed
Scientists Win First-Time Runs for Congress, Senate
Catherine Offord | Nov 7, 2018 | 9 min read
The midterm elections flip several House seats in favor of Democratic candidates with STEM backgrounds.
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