Tagged: women

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

Guest Author 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

Fair play at the Olympics: testosterone and female athletes - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 21, 2016

By Peter Sonksen, University of Southampton and Daryl Adair, University of Technology Sydney There are performance differences between the sexes in elite sport. It has long been assumed that contrasting levels of testosterone in men and women can largely account for that gap, but new scientific studies are bringing that into question. Read More

Why We Need More Women in Engineering - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 07, 2014

New Zealand needs more engineers, and one way to achieve this is to encourage more women to consider engineering as a career. The benefits of having more women in engineering are many. Engineering jobs these days are often team efforts, which typically benefit from team diversity. And dare I say it, more women many have a civilising effect on male … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #1 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Mar 28, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week.   1. A new study (full reference here) released has just shown that there’s a lot more ice being lost from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet than previously thought. We should … Read More

More women injured in quakes - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Nov 06, 2013

A Christchurch researcher is trying to understand why so many more women than men were injured in the Canterbury earthquakes. Professor Mike Ardagh is Chair of the RHISE (Researching the Health Implications of Seismic Events) group. Professor Ardagh leads a team investigating the health system response to the quakes. His team found the health system … Continue reading → … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part II: The battle of the sexes - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 31, 2013

Two weeks ago, we asked Kiwis what they thought they would die of, and compared their responses to the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. Mike Dickison produced a beautiful infographic* of the causes that were responsible for more than 1% … Read More

Women in Chemistry - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Nov 06, 2011

A recent article in Chemical and Engineering News (October 31st, 2011) has revealed that women make up, on average, 17% of the chemistry faculty in American universities. As this is just an average, there are some universities with a much higher percentage of women on staff, for example, 32% at the University of Puerto Rico. I thought it would be … Read More