Part II: The Sequelae of Women’s Unequal Burden of Family Care on Science Careers

In my last blog posting, I discussed the large differential that exists between men and women who intend to pursue an academic research career. I examined the data suggesting possible reasons and concluded that the most likely cause was the unequal sharing of the burden of family care where it falls much more heavily on women. In this posting, instead, I want to explore whether women and men who entered the scientific workforce as academics have the same chance of securing funding or whether there is a gender differential also at this level.

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Women’s Unequal Share of Family Care is the Unmentionable Elephant in Unequal Science Careers

The nefarious impact of biomedical research budget cuts on the next generation of scientists has become a familiar theme of this blog. We are gingerly shooting ourselves in the foot! Recently, I found yet more chilling evidence in a report, issued by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK,1 which showed how these ill-conceived budget policies will affect young scientists, especially young women. For better or worse, that’s my theme again in this blog post.

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Beefing Up Value for Young Scientists

There was a famous TV commercial in the ‘80s featuring a fierce old woman holding a gigantic fluffy bun wrapped around a miniscule hamburger patty. “Where’s the beef?” rasped the woman as she probed into the deceptive bun. The expression has become a proxy for addressing “value proposition,” not only in important fast food matters, but also more broadly. It’s a legitimate question to ask professional societies as well. Where’s the beef? Why should I join? What do I get for my membership? As Executive Director of one of the nation’s largest professional scientific societies, ASCB, I remind myself that everything that we do must offer members a precise and specific value. This month, ASCB has embarked on a new initiative aimed at our younger members. So I must open the bun and look inside.

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The Researcher Who Never Was: Sequestration Blues-Part Two

I woke up in New Orleans on March 1, the first day of the so-called sequestration. Like most Americans who found themselves outside the Washington Beltway on "S-Day," I woke up to no news and few visible differences. Yet I could feel great political and economic wheels grinding away at the base of American research science. S-Day forced me to think about the future for the most vulnerable in science, students and early-career researchers.

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