Women and science

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Microbiology pioneer dies

Esther Lederberg dies at 83 Stanford University microbiologist Esther Miriam Zimmer Lederberg, a trailblazer for female scientists and the developer of laboratory techniques that helped a generation of researchers understand how genes function, has died at Stanford Hospital. Professor Lederberg, who lived at Stanford, was 83 when she died Nov. 11 of pneumonia and congestive…

New NAS report on women in science

Matt has the scoop. Women in science and engineering are hindered not by lack of ability but by bias and “outmoded institutional structures” in academia, an expert panel reported today. The panel, convened by the National Academy of Sciences, said that in an era of global competition the nation could not afford “such underuse of…

Saturday roundup

More fascinating topics I didn’t get around to:

I see Janet has a post series going on family + academic career. (Part 1; Part 2). I’ve written a bit on my own experience at the old blog (and I do mean “a bit;” it’s much more of a Cliff notes version of events than Janet’s), so I’m re-posting it here for another view…

This week’s Ask a science blogger question is: If you could have practiced science in any time and any place throughout history, which would it be, and why?… Discussion after the fold…

Saturday roundup

More interesting stories that I didn’t get to this week…

I talk a lot on here about making science more available (and interesting!) to the public. And I’ve posted previously about “sexy scientists” before. So you might think I’d be all for an effort to combine the two–but is this really necessary? Ugh. (Via new Scienceblog, Pure Pedantry.)

Okay, one more…

I was heading out, but first I just want to point y’all over to this excellent post of Janet’s regarding women and “nerd culture”. Now I’m really leaving…

Belated news of import

Guess I should’ve held off an extra day on this post. Yesterday was blog against sexism day. Lots of excellent posts linked there if you’re looking to spend several hours getting depressed, then pissed off, then ready to go out and kick some as over the state of affairs and the treatment of women in…

So, Chad posted a link to this post last week. As a woman in science myself, I have to say I don’t 100% buy this argument: Most people go to work primarily in order to earn a paycheck. Workers prefer a higher salary to a lower salary. Jobs in science pay far less than jobs…