Magazine article American Scientist

Taking Action, Online and in Person

Magazine article American Scientist

Taking Action, Online and in Person

Article excerpt

A menean Scientist has a long history of Ylieaturing authors from underrepresented groups in science. We support the philosophy that the value of diversity lies in creating a scientific community that is more creative and more inclusive of all ideas.

These issues are vitally important to the progress of science, so we were honored to have our associate editor Katie L. Burke invited to lead a discussion about women in science at ScienceOnline 2014 earlier this year. This conference focuses on the ways that science is conducted and communicated online. Many scientists now commonly use social media for public outreach, updates with colleagues, and even data collection.

For those of you following American Scientist on social media, you may have seen live Tweets and photos we posted on Facebook on the day of Dr. Burke's event. In case you missed it, or want to take a closer look, we've compiled a list of resources at http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/page/science-online.

Dr. Burke had been invited to lead the session at ScienceOnline because she had previously assembled a definitive collection of statistics about gender bias in science (linked at the page above). One study that she cited found that grant applications with a female principal investigator receive an average of about $80,000 less in funding. …

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