#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

Transatlantic Behavioural Neuroscience Summer School

Conference link

Organisers:
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology

Invited speakers gender ratio: 7 Women: 4 Men (70%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 32%*
BWN rating: 5 (i.e. 2 or more standard deviations above base rate)

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

#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

[Conference link]

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.

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#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.

Neuromatch 4.0 Conference in Computational Neuroscience

Link to the Conference Agenda

Organisers:
Dan Goodman, Konrad Kording, Brad Wyble, Titipat Achakulvisut, Chris Rozell, Yiota Poirazi, Megan Peters, Bing Brunton, Anne Urai, Jennifer Bizley, Alberto Antonietti, Jeremy Forest

Invited speakers gender ratio: 2 Women: 3 Men (40%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 26%*
BWN rating: 3 (i.e. within or at 1 standard deviation above base rate)

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

Harvard University’s Women in Psychology: Trends in Psychology Summit 2021

Link to conference program

Organisers:
Caitlyn Finton, Allie Pagano, Jessica Jones, Alex Sanchez, Haoxue Fan, Sarah Kalinowski, Emma Laurent, Ellent Finch, Taylor McGuire, Camille Phaneuf, Allie Morehouse, Shaan McGhie, Shari Lu

Invited speakers gender ratio: 17 Women: 0 Men (100%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 59%*
BWN rating: 5 (i.e. more than 2 standard deviations above base rate)

*Method of estimation: estimated base rate of women in psychology as reported by the National Science Foundation in 2015.