Category: The Transparency Project

Even the cows are male: Impacts of gender/sex policy on grant apps

Even the cows are male: Impacts of gender/sex policy on grant apps

What happens when grant institutes ask applicants whether they are considering gender and sex? Joy Johnson, Zena Sharman, Bilkis Vissandjee, and Donna E. Stewart found out. But they’re not just your everyday run-of-the-mill finder-outers: Dr. Johnson is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH, one of...

The Transparency Project: Ten thoughts on being a female physicist/mathematician/computational scientist

The Transparency Project: Ten thoughts on being a female physicist/mathematician/computational scientist

1) Yup, that’s what I do (editor’s note: see title). I don’t like being pinned down into a single discipline/category/niche. That’s me in a nutshell, really. 2) My work is so much fun! I love solving problems, figuring things out, making data tell a story, discovering weird cool things, and...

The Transparency Project: The scientific panel as a place for feminist science practice

Just recently, I enjoyed reading a great blog post about gender diversity in the constitution of conference panels here. Long story short: Jenny Martin, who runs the blog cubistcrystal, wrote about intervening in the lack of gender diversity on conference panels in her field of crystallography. It’s a great post; well-written,...

The Transparency Project: When you’re a scientist with a baby. And a lab.

The Transparency Project: When you’re a scientist with a baby. And a lab.

You’ve gone through 9 months (more or less) of bodily changes; you’ve waited anxiously for the adoption forms to come in; you’ve gotten nervous, excited, sick, nauseous, overjoyed, down in the dumps, and bored; you’ve agonized over strollers; you’ve rubbed your partner’s feet; you’ve worried over finances… Before, you were...

The Transparency Project: The Science story we tell ourselves, and the science we actually do

The Transparency Project: The Science story we tell ourselves, and the science we actually do

Let me start this by saying that I don’t think Science is ‘just’ a story. First off, I don’t think stories are ‘just’ stories – they have a lot of power. Second, I think each approach to knowledge, including science, is uniquely valuable. But any working scientist would have to...