Push to Address Long-Standing Challenges for Parents in STEMM
Push to Address Long-Standing Challenges for Parents in STEMM
The organizers behind a Mothers in Science conference say that it’s time academia provide more support to researchers who are pregnant or looking after children.
Push to Address Long-Standing Challenges for Parents in STEMM
Push to Address Long-Standing Challenges for Parents in STEMM

The organizers behind a Mothers in Science conference say that it’s time academia provide more support to researchers who are pregnant or looking after children.

The organizers behind a Mothers in Science conference say that it’s time academia provide more support to researchers who are pregnant or looking after children.

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Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Asher Jones | Mar 31, 2021
A physician and neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University who specialized in addiction research, Kreek was best known for her work on developing the treatment for heroin addiction.
Pandemic May “Roll Back” Women’s Gains in STEMM: NASEM Report
Pandemic May “Roll Back” Women’s Gains in STEMM: NASEM Report
Catherine Offord | Mar 10, 2021
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.
From Nature Lover to Structural Biologist: A Scientist’s Journey
From Nature Lover to Structural Biologist: A Scientist’s Journey
Asher Jones | Feb 26, 2021
A gift of medical books from an unlikely source spurred Chrystal Starbird’s scientific career. She talks about what motivates her research on cell surface receptors and the obstacles she has faced as a Black woman in academia.
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Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Viviane Callier | Nov 24, 2020
A study makes policy recommendations to optimize citations, but critics say it fails to acknowledge that citations are a biased and narrow measure of scientific success.
Geneticist Drops Out of New Role After Allegations of Gender Bias
Geneticist Drops Out of New Role After Allegations of Gender Bias
Catherine Offord | Apr 9, 2020
Constantine Stratakis, who was due to lead an institute at McGill University Health Centre, was the subject of eight equal employment opportunity complaints at his last job at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Saudi Arabian Universities Push to Recruit Women Faculty
Saudi Arabian Universities Push to Recruit Women Faculty
Andy Tay | Apr 5, 2020
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.
Philip Leder, Who Deciphered Amino Acid Sequences, Dies
Philip Leder, Who Deciphered Amino Acid Sequences, Dies
Ashley Yeager | Feb 12, 2020
The Harvard Medical School researcher’s work on the genetic basis of protein coding and production led him to make groundbreaking discoveries in immunology, molecular biology, and cancer genetics.
A Woman of Firsts, Early 20th Century
A Woman of Firsts, Early 20th Century
Emily Makowski | Jan 13, 2020
Florence Sabin was known for her pioneering research and efforts to support women in science.
Men Promote Scientific Findings More Effusively than Women Do
Men Promote Scientific Findings More Effusively than Women Do
Lisa Winter | Dec 17, 2019
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: Can Prizes Help Women Shatter Science’s Glass Ceiling?
Opinion: Can Prizes Help Women Shatter Science’s Glass Ceiling?
Marja Makarow | Oct 2, 2019
As we await the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prize winners, it’s time to question why female scientists still lag behind their male colleagues.
Biased Evaluation Committees Promote Fewer Women
Biased Evaluation Committees Promote Fewer Women
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 26, 2019
If members don’t explicitly believe gender discrimination exists, they allow implicit stereotypes to sway their decision-making, according to a new analysis of real-world hiring decisions.
Opinion: How to Stop Women’s Silence in STEM
Opinion: How to Stop Women’s Silence in STEM
Andrea Anton, Francisca C. Garcia, Maria Ll. Calleja | Jul 16, 2019
Our survey of seminars in biology and chemistry shows that women ask fewer questions than men. We propose ways to change that.
Opinion: 10 Ways to Support New Mothers in STEM
Opinion: 10 Ways to Support New Mothers in STEM
Michele Hoffmann | Jun 27, 2019
A support group for mothers is a model for practical, inexpensive steps to ease women’s transition to motherhood—and hopefully retain them in science.
More than 8,000 Have Joined “Request a Woman Scientist” Database
More than 8,000 Have Joined “Request a Woman Scientist” Database
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 24, 2019
In a survey, 11 percent of participants say they have been contacted for media interviews, panels, and other opportunities.
Only Women Speakers at Microbiome Conference
Only Women Speakers at Microbiome Conference
Ashley Yeager | Feb 26, 2019
Event organizers are taking criticism for choosing to exclude men from giving talks.
Women Who Win Science Prizes Earn Less Money, Prestige than Men
Women Who Win Science Prizes Earn Less Money, Prestige than Men
Ashley Yeager | Jan 18, 2019
Biomedical awards from the past 50 years reveal a gender imbalance, but it appears to be improving.
Marianne the Mentor
Marianne the Mentor
The Scientist Staff | Dec 10, 2018
Meet Caltech cell and molecular biologist Marianne Bronner, this month’s profilee, and hear her take on encouraging the next generation of researchers.
Gender Bias Dissected in <em>eLife</em>&rsquo;s Peer Review
Gender Bias Dissected in eLife’s Peer Review
Viviane Callier | Sep 14, 2018
The journal undertook a self-assessment, finding men have more success than women with all-male review panels.
Lasker Awards Recognize Work on Histones, Anesthesia, RNA
Lasker Awards Recognize Work on Histones, Anesthesia, RNA
Shawna Williams | Sep 11, 2018
This year’s winners are C. David Allis, Michael Grunstein, John Glen, and Joan Steitz.