Issue of September 11, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer
This week's issues:
1. Business Secretary calls on universities to tackle violence against women on campus
From: Carole Mundell [c.g.mundell_at_bath.ac.uk]
A taskforce to help reduce violence against women and girls on UK university campuses has been announced by Business Secretary Sajid Javid. Universities UK has been asked to set up and lead the taskforce with the support of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The taskforce will work with the higher education sector, to develop a code of practice to bring about cultural change, leverage existing complaints mechanisms more effectively and improve engagement with Crime Prevention Officers.
More here:Back to top.
2. Astronomer Shari Breen wins L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia Fellowship
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]
Australian astronomer Dr. Shari Breen from CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science is receiving a L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia Fellowship. The $25,000 award was presented Tuesday September 8th at a ceremony in Sydney by Karen Andrews, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, and Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director of L'Oreal Australia & New Zealand. Shari's profile, photos and a short video of her speaking about her work are available at:
You can find out more about all the Fellows at:
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3. UC Postdoctoral Fellowship for women and minorities
From: Alison Coil [acoil_at_ucsd.edu]
THE PROGRAM. The University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.
AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California's ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at $44,500 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.
ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States without restrictions or limitations. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.
APPLICATION. Apply online at: ppfp.ucop.edu
DEADLINE: November 1, 2015
Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz
More information: President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program University of California visit online: ppfp.ucop.edu/info/ email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to top.
4. Four steps to killing off sexism in science
From: Elysse Voyer [elysse.voyer_at_gmail.com]
by Seirian Sumner
This summer, we've seen a series of social media campaigns highlighting sexism in science, following Tim Hunt's now infamous "the problem with girls" comment. But what about the progress the scientific community is making in achieving greater equality in the workplace?
Turning the higher numbers of younger women choosing science at school and university into greater numbers of female lecturers and professors demands hard work. But financial incentives for universities, and inventive and resourceful campaigns to inspire young people and the public, have started to yield results.
Read more atBack to top.
5. Gender balance: Women are funded more fairly in social science
From: Elysse Voyer [elysse.voyer_at_gmail.com]
by Paul J. Boyle, Lucy K. Smith, Nicola J. Cooper, Kate S. Williams& Henrietta O'Connor
Despite the increasing commentary and debate on gender disparities in science, equality will not be achieved without proactive support from key institutions.
One of the key drivers of academic inequality is the receipt of competitive grant funding. In the biomedical sciences, women get smaller grants than men in the United States and the United Kingdom. Similarly, figures from the European Research Council (ERC) for 2007-13 show that women make only one-quarter of grant applications, and they receive just one-fifth of awards. This pattern is evident at different rates across disciplinary domains: in the physical sciences and engineering, women submit 17% of grant applications and receive 15%; in the life sciences, 30% and 21%; and in the social sciences and humanities, 36% and 31% (see go.nature.com/nqfvc3).
We find that UK social-science funding does not show such gender bias. When academic position is accounted for, in the data we present here there is little difference between female and male social scientists in application rate, success rate and grant size. We discuss some lessons that these results may hold for the biomedical sciences.
Read more atBack to top.
6. Job Opportunities
For those interested in increasing excellence and diversity in their organizations, a list of resources and advice is here: http://www.aas.org/cswa/diversity.html#howtoincrease
- Assistant Professor with the Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
- UCSD Open Position for LPSOE/Teaching ProfessorBack to top.
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