Recruiting and keeping women in physics (Blogging from the AAPT)

July 27, 2009

This session is about the state of affairs regarding women in physics and how we can address it. Well, no surprise, there’s still a big disparity between the number of men and women in physics — we lose women from physics at every major transition — from HS to college, college to graduate school — […]

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Gender bias in teacher evaluations

May 2, 2009

I’m at the American Physical Society conference in Denver this weekend (a nice way to spend a rainy weekend) and heard a very interesting talk this morning by Zahra Hazari, from Clemson University on gender bias in how students evaluate their teachers.  It was a very nice study, iwth very interesting results.  She asked male […]

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Young women in science – Social networking site

November 4, 2008

I’ve been making up for my prolific posting during the National Association of Science Writers conference by not posting for days on end. Life is busy for geekgirls nowadays, what can I say? But this tidbit just came across my desk — a new website for young women interested in science that sounds really neat. […]

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Advice for girls in science & the meritocracy

October 5, 2008

Advice for a girl.. One of the students in my Adopt a Physicist class just asked me: Hi! Lately I’ve had to think about what I want a career in and what I would like to study in college. The two choices that have always interested me most are either being a physician or an […]

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L’Oreal, mascara, and science

September 29, 2008

In the continuing vein of women and science (see my previous post Flirt Harder, I’m a Physicist in particular), I was just forwarded a link to L’Oreal’s postdoctoral fellowships for women scientists. I remember L’Oreal.  I remember them from when I was at a conference for the American Physical Society (APS), talking with some colleagues […]

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Negative stereotypes make you remember less stuff

September 25, 2008

I just read an interesting article (Shmader and Johns, Converging Evidence That Stereotype Threat Reduces Working Memory Capacity, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2003, Vol. 85, No. 3, 440 – 452) about why worrying about stereotypes can make women and other minorities perform poorly on tests. They gave subjects a test of working memory […]

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Science blogs by women!

September 24, 2008

Sciencewomen just posted a fabulously detailed blogroll of all the women blogging on science topics. A great resource.  I wonder how the proportion of women blogging about science compares to the proportion of women employed in the sciences?  There certainly seem to b a decent number of us blogging about physics, considering the dismal number […]

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Flirt harder. I’m a physicist

August 17, 2008

So, I’ve got this bumper sticker, which has sort of become my little badge of fame, “Flirt harder. I’m a physicist.” I love it — I’ve had motorists pull up beside me, motion to roll down my window, and yell “What kind of physicist?” I once saw the driver of the car behind me taking […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted to know about Gender Issues in Science/Math Education

August 16, 2008

Richard Hake and Jeffry Mallow have compiled over 700 research papers on how males and females learn — and are taught — science and mathematics.  Wow! You can download the PDF of their work here. If that link stops working at some point, the permalink is in Reference 55 here. The first page reads: This […]

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