Tagged: sexism

How to keep more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 13, 2016

By Merryn McKinnon, Australian National University There have been myriad promises made by the major political parties over the years focused on funding programs aimed at increasing the number of women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Although some of the policies do target disciplines where women are underrepresented, there seems to be very little acknowledgement … Read More

Are feminists really bullying Richard Dawkins? A response to Ken Perrott - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 18, 2016

My fellow sciblogger over on Open Parachute Ken Perrott has posted his thoughts on recent events involving prominent atheist Richard Dawkins, who was invited then disinvited to speak at a skeptics conference in the USA later this year.  Basically, Dawkins was invited to speak at the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS), then very publicly … Read More

How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science: reboot the system - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 29, 2016

Zuleyka Zevallos, Swinburne University of Technology The culture in astronomy, and in science more broadly, needs a major reboot following revelations early this year of another case of harassment against women by a senior male academic. The journal Science revealed earlier this month that the latest case involved Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics at Caltech … Read More

Busting sexism in science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 16, 2015

Science IS sexist. Fullstop. There is an abundance of evidence that it is more difficult for women working in science to get jobs, funding and published, just because they are women. So the question is, how are we going to fix the problem? Dr Nicola Gaston, Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria … Read More

Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Dec 09, 2014

Sexism is rife in academia and leads to many leaving academic careers. Last week I worked my last day as an academic at Lincoln University, the disestablishment of my position in the protracted restructuring process officially complete. It’s time for a new chapter in what has been a pretty ugly year. Now I start on an adventure into an … Read More

Chasing a comet- totally newsworthy so why isn’t it top billing? or best shirt-worthy? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 14, 2014

Welcome to a comet. Photo by European Space Agency taken by Philae. Philae may have bounced off the comet before landing, but it was the local media lack of focus on this event that had the real lack of thrust. This week has seen a truly epic event in human history. It’s an incredible week for space exploration and … Read More

Skeptical Thoughts – gendered marketing - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 22, 2014

I’ve started a new radio slot called ‘Skeptical Thoughts’ on Sunday evenings on Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Show on Radio Live. A couple of weeks ago we talked about what a scam gendered marketing is – when companies repackage the same product and market it specifically for men or women, often charging different amounts. Australian show The Check … Read More

Yet another science metric – the Kardashian Index - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 08, 2014

Twitter exploded last week after Neil Hall, a professor at the University of Liverpool who studies the genomes of the parasites that cause malaria and sleeping sickness, published a (supposedly satirical) paper in the journal Genome Biology. Rather than read his paper, I recommend you read the annotated version. But first, here’s … Read More

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