#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.

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#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.

#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.

#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.

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#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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#BWNFridayPost – BiasWatchIndia

This week’s BWN Friday Post shines a spotlight BiasWatchIndia. We are happy to see BiasWatchNeuro inspiring similar, but independent, initiatives in other fields and countries.

Led by Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan and Shruti Muralidhar, the team at BiasWatchIndia aims to document gender representation and combat gender-biased panels in Indian conferences, meetings, and talks in the STEM field.