Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Connectivity

Conference link

Organisers:
Catherine Collins, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Rüdiger Klein, Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
Kang Shen, Stanford University
Yimin Zou, University of California San Diego

Invited speakers (and session chairs) gender ratio: 7 Women: 9 Men (44%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 33%*
BWN rating: 3 (i.e. 1 standard deviation above base rate)

*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in the field of molecular neuroscience

an image of cold spring harbor laboratory, where the conference will be held

LabLinks: Decision-making: From molecular to cognitive neuroscience

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Organisers:
Athena Akrami, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
Christina Konen, Editor, Neuron
Nikolay Tsanov, Editor, Cell Reports
Rita Gemayel, Editor, Cell Reports

Invited speakers gender ratio: 2 Women: 7 Men (22%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 35%*
BWN rating: 2 (i.e. 1 standard deviation below base rate)

*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in the fields of molecular and cognitive neuroscience.

#BWNFridayPost – Based on billions of words on the internet, PEOPLE = MEN.

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This week’s BWN Friday Post brings you a new paper from April Bailey and colleagues on the gender bias even when gender-neutral terms are used, titled: “Based on billions of words on the internet, PEOPLE=MEN“.

Read the paper here.

You can also find a Twitter thread by the lead author, April Bailey, discussing the research here.

https://mobile.twitter.com/BiasWatchNeuro/status/1521915805830578176

#BWNFridayPost – The illusion of diversity: We consistently overestimate the presence of individuals from minority groups.

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This week’s BWN Friday Post brings you a new paper from Rasha Kardosh and colleagues on the illusion of diversity, titled: “Minority salience and the overestimation of individuals from minority groups in perception and memory“.

Read the paper here.

You can also find a Twitter thread by one of authors discussing the research here.

#BWNFridayPost – Student evaluations place unfair expectations on women university teachers.

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This week’s BWN Friday Post brings you a new paper from Katherine Gelber and colleagues from Australia on how student evaluations are biased against women university teachers, titled “Gendered mundanities: gender bias in student evaluations of teaching in political science”.

Read the paper here.

You can also find a Twitter thread by one of authors discussing the research here.

Cell Symposia 2022: The Biology of Neuropsychiatric Disorders

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Organisers:
Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Hailan Hu, Zhejiang University, China
Ann Goldstein, Scientific Editor, Cell
Ulrich Schridde, Scientific Editor, Neuron

Invited speakers gender ratio: 6 Women: 13 Men (31.5%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 32%*
BWN rating: 2 (i.e. within or at 1 standard deviation below base rate)

*Method of estimation: previously established base rate of women in neuroscience.

Image by Julia Koblitz

#BWNFridayPost – *pre-print* Can films impact sexism in STEM?

This week’s BWN Friday Post brings you a preprint from Evava Pietri using the “Picture a Scientist” documentary to examine to what extent can films combat sexism in STEM:

“[The research project] is an innovative collaboration with social scientists to explore the impact of PICTURE A SCIENTIST on viewers’ awareness about bias and discrimination in science and their intentions to take action. In a new preprint, social psychologist Eva Pietri describes some key findings, including showing that the more viewers felt engaged in the film — measured through reported feelings such as empathy, perspective-taking, and anger — the more likely they were to seek information about gender bias and discrimination. And the more viewers sought new information, the more likely they were to increase their awareness of gender bias and to work to address unfair treatment and gender disparities. These results suggest that film can play a powerful role in training to reduce discrimination in the sciences.”

— Wonder Collaborative, Science Communication Lab

Read the preprint here.

You can also find out more about the “Picture a Scientist” documentary here.