I was very late to the game on a DrugMonkey post last week examining the demographics of Early Career Award winners from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Drug noted that only 9 of the 50 awardees are women:
So who got lucky? See the slideshow here.
huh. anything strike you? no? lemme get a pencil here….hmmm.
2 African-American looking guys, another maybe. Six Asian guys. Maybe another four or five men who look other than standard model white guy. Nine women.
Really? That’s the best you could do? Seriously? You couldn’t even that gender ratio up even a little bit better than that?
As one might suspect, the reasons for the predominance of mostly white guys drew a comment thread approaching 100.
But nowhere in the thread did anyone mention (until I did), another trend that struck me upon viewing the awardees’ photos.
The paucity of male facial hair.
I am deeply concerned that of the 41 men, a full 33 sport no facial hair. I’m being generous here in giving the dude with the soul patch a pass. Including him and the single-moustached guy among the eight bearded, only three were goatees. (Great facial hair style guide here).
How can a man do legitimate science without at least a goatee? From where will our future greybeards come? Have we gone mad?