Issue of February 20, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer
This week's issues:
1. Choosing the Best
From: David Charbonneau via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
And so the committee met to choose between the two finalists.
"It's easy!" announced Professor Tist. "The letter from Dr. Darlon states plainly that she is the best exolonomist of her generation!"
"No, no!" rebutted Professor Tast. "You are not an expert in her subfield like me. Darlon doesn't really think she is the best, he was just being supportive of a young scientist."
"He was?" asked Tist.
To read more, please seeBack to top.
2. Leadership and the Myers-Briggs Personality Test
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
In the wake of Kelly Korrick's post, Becoming a Leader, and my own interest, On Leadership, I took the Myers-Briggs personality test. I know several colleagues, family members, and supervisors who have taken the test as part of their management training. The test is available free on-line. I took this version, which is comprised of 60 yes/no questions. I’ve seen other variations, but they are all similar and take only a few minutes. The final results give you a series of letters indicating your personality types as well as the strength in each of the following categories:
* Extraverted (E) vs. Introverted (I), * Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N), * Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F) * Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)
I don’t need a test to tell me that I am Introverted (I), but it also told me the strength of this characteristic. The Extravert-Introvert dimension is a continuum:
Extravert [100% - - - 0% - - - 100%] Introvert
I was reasonably, but not overwhelmingly, introverted.
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To read the two earlier blog posts on leadership, please see
Becoming a Leader by Kelly Korrick http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2014/09/becoming-leader.html
On Leadership by Joan Schmelz http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2014/08/on-leadership.html
To take (one version of) the Myers-Briggs Personality Test visitBack to top.
3. Think Again About Gender Gap in Science
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]
by Hilary Hurd Anyaso
Bachelor's-to-Ph.D. pipeline in science, engineering no longer 'leaks' more women than men, new 30-year analysis finds.
Scholars from diverse fields have long proposed that interlocking factors such as cognitive abilities, discrimination and interests may cause more women than men to leave the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pipeline after entering college.
Now a new Northwestern University analysis has poked holes in the much referenced "leaky pipeline" metaphor.Back to top.
4. The Sex Spectrum
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_amherst.edu]
[An interesting article in Nature News and a Guardian response, both on the topic of gender binarity (or a lack thereof!). -Eds]
** Sex redefined: The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.
by Claire Ainsworth
** Nature and sex redefined – we have never been binary
by Vanessa HeggieBack to top.
5. Do Teachers Discourage Girls from Math and Science?
From: Deanna Ratnikova via APS Women in Physics
A new study points to the influence of teachers' unconscious biases, but it also highlights how powerful a little encouragement can be. Early educational experiences have a quantifiable effect on the math and science courses the students choose later, and eventually the jobs they get and the wages they earn.
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