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Gender Bias Could Help Explain Faculty Disparity

by Andrea Widener
July 7, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 27

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Credit: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
NOTE: Award winner is defined as a recipient of a major research award.
HHMI = Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
NAS = National Academy of Sciences.
SOURCE: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2014, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1403334111

The male leaders of elite biology labs hire fewer female graduate students and postdocs than do principal investigators (PIs) overall or their elite female counterparts, a new study shows. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Twitter Inc. authors say this may help explain the low numbers of female faculty, despite women receiving the majority of biology doctoral degrees.

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