#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.

#BWNFridayPost – The reduction of race and gender bias in clinical treatment recommendations using clinician peer networks in an experimental setting

This week’s BWN Friday Post brings you a paper in Nature Communications documenting an exciting intervention that was found to eliminate racial bias in treatment recommendations among clinicians.

Read the full research paper here.

You can also read Penn Today’s blog post summarising the study here.

Image taken from University of Pennsylvania

McGill Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) – Open Science in Action Syposium 2021: Adopting open models of collaboration in neuroscience

[link to program]

Organisers:
Tanenbaum Open Science Institute

Invited speakers gender ratio: 11 Women: 12 Men (48%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 32%*
BWN rating: 4 (i.e. at or within 2 standard deviations above base rate)

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

Society for Neuroscience 2021 Symposium: Craniofacial Neuroscience – Mechanisms and Translational Therapies

Craniofacial Neuroscience Virtual Symposium [program link]

Organisers:
Limor Avivi-Arber
Teresa Lever
Kazutaka Takahashi

Invited speakers gender ratio: 3 Women: 5 Men (38%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 29%*
BWN rating: 3 (i.e. within or at 1 standard deviation above base rate)

*Method of estimation: calculated by counting the total number of women among the unique PI names in a NIH RePORTER grant search using the keyword “craniofacial neuroscience”.

#BWNFridayPost – Native American Heritage Month

We have a few links to share with our BWN community in honour of Native American Heritage Month:

APA’s I am Psyched panel discussion featuring Dr. Marigold Linton – the first American Indian to earn a doctorate in psychology – and other prominent Native American psychologists. Watch the video here.

Women of Silicon Valley celebrates Native American folks in STEM and shares the stories of 18 scientists, technologists, and educators. Read the list here.

University of Arizona offers a 10-week summer internship introducing Native American students to biomedical research. Read about the experiences of the program director and the students here.

A free, online Native American Science Curriculum, funded by the National Science Foundation, that aim to bridge Western science perspectives with Indigenous philosophies and knowledge. View the materials here.

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Image taken from the Nez Perce National Historic Park Museum

Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute at Cottage Health: Saving the Brain Symposium

Saving the Brain: A Virtual Neuroscience Symposium [link]

Organisers:
Leslie Church (Conference Manager)
Gary Milgram (Conference Director)

Invited speakers gender ratio: 0 Women: 4 Men (0%)
Estimated base rate of women in the field: 32%*
BWN rating: 1 (i.e. at or within 2 standard deviations below base rate)

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