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'What Happens in the Field'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Allison Kimble
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'Richard A. Weibl, chief learning officer for the Association for Women in Science, said the study illuminates “gender challenges in STEM.” So much energy has been investing in getting girls enthusiastic about science and engineering, he said, “that those efforts have sucked all the air out of the conversation about the hostile climate those girls will experience at university and in the workforce.”

He added, via email: “Of course, the visual of the girls coding robots and at the bench in lab coat and goggles is much more attractive than showing a professor sexually assaulting a graduate student while at a conference or while working in the field.”

Weibl said data suggest that science loses many women in part because of the kinds of experiences described in the report – as well as the “failure of individuals and institutions to sanction those who do the harassment.”'

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