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Plant scientists call for renewed focus on empowerment of trainees

Preparing graduate students and postdocs for diverse careers Changes in the workforce are challenging academia to prepare scientists to be adaptable and adept at communicating across boundaries. To meet these demands, the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN, is shifting the focus…

Life as a Scientist, a Woman’s Perspective | Christine Fleet | TEDxEHC

Published on Apr 28, 2016 How do you juggle a toddler in a research lab? Very carefully. This talk looks at issues facing women (or any caregiver) in scientific careers, along with examples from women who have found ways to be successful as parents and as scientists. As a member of the Biology…

How to break down cultural and language barriers in the lab (C&EN)

Volume 95 Issue 20 | p. 30 Issue Date: May 15, 2017 | Web Date: May 9, 2017 By Chemjobber The best science happens when all hypotheses are considered and all voices are heard. Not only that: If important safety information isn’t communicated among all lab members, someone could get hurt. How…

How microaggressions are like mosquito bites

Here's a short video that uses a metaphor to explain what microagressions are. Source:  

Opinion: Gender diversity leads to better science (PNAS)

In this Open Access article, Wullum Nielsen et al. explore the "innovation dividend" that comes from greater diversity. They point out that "maximizing gender diversity’s benefits requires careful management." As examples, "motivating managers to voluntarily engage in the recruitment and training of…

How to find success as a woman in science (The Conversation)

Kara Perrow (nee Vine), University of Wollongong; Amy Wyatt, University of Wollongong, and Martina Sanderson-Smith, University of Wollongong As children we are encouraged to dream big, and many young people – including young women and girls – aspire to a career in science. While there are role…

Resources for promoting diversity from Ambika Kamath Description

One of the professional skills needed for a career in science (or any career) is how to promote and sustain a workplace that is supportive to everyone. Not everyone is trained in this skill though. Here is a list of articles that can help you to master the whys and hows of workplace diversity. View…

How Women, Companies and Organizations Are Closing the Gender Gap

Today, women earn significantly more master’s degrees than men, and in a diversity of fields. Nonetheless, women continue to face challenges to higher education, and remain under-represented in a number of industries. Thankfully, many schools and organizations recognize these trends and are taking…

A history of black scientists

The Feb 2016 issue of ASBMB Today focuses on the importance of diversity and inclusion in biochemistry and molecular biology. To accompany the issue, we put together a timeline highlighting some important achievements in the life sciences made by black scientists. View resource