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
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“.
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“.
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”.
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.”