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Sex, Gender, and the New NIH Policy

In May 2014, the NIH released a new policy mandate requiring equal representation of “sex” in all preclinical research (the research on animals and cellular materials that occurs before clinical trials in humans). I am part of a Harvard-based working group of scientists and science studies scholars that spent the last year reviewing the evidence […]

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Feminist Biology Post Doc/Sabbatical!

Here is a new posting for that Feminist Biology postdoc/sabbatical position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison! This is the second year, and it seems like a great opportunity. Here is the link! Wittig Postdoc ad 09 15 Some details: “The Wittig Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Feminist Biology offers the opportunity to combine research in a […]

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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 Canadian Institutes of Health […]

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Men sent to Mars and women sent to Venus: A thought experiment in honor of the NIH’s upcoming policies on incorporating sex in basic research

Guest post by Stacey Ritz Imagine if you will… It’s the year 2075. After a worldwide search for the hardiest human beings, one man and one woman are selected to colonize other planets: Bob (a chemist from Finland) is sent to Mars, and Flo (a rice farmer from Thailand) is sent to Venus. Each of […]

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Institutionalizing sex differences: Room for nuance

If you’re interested in feminist science, you, like me, probably heard about the recent U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) call to balance sex of subjects in relevant studies. For example, Janine Clayton and Francis Collins write: The NIH is now developing policies that require applicants to report their plans for the balance of male […]

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Title: A (soon-to-be) feminist biology post doc tells all! PLUS CAT PHOTOS.

In part 2 of our ongoing investigative journalism here at Gap Junction Science, I interviewed Caroline VanSickle, the holder of the inaugural Wittig post doc in feminist biology at the University of Wisconsin. (In part 1, we described the post doc.) Here’s what soon-to-be Post Doc VanSickle had to say! I asked hard hitting questions […]

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What’s feminist biology doing in that post doc?!

By now, you may have heard of the inaugural post doc in feminist biology at the University of Wisconsin, from Gender & Women’s Studies. Don’t go rushing to apply now – the due date is past. But what happened with it? And why did they do it? And how? Who got it? What kind of […]

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New Fellowship in Feminist Biology (post docs, mid-career, and senior scholars)

Here’s an announcement for a really exciting new post doc at the University of Wisconsin Madison in Feminist Biology! Details below, and at this link or in this PDF (Wittig Postdoc flyer 11 13). Wittig Postdoctoral Fellowship in Feminist Biology  Department of Gender & Women’s Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison  The Wittig Postdoctoral Fellows Program in […]

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What’s in the Box? Defining Sex and Gender.

Guest Author: Zena Sharman, PhD It all started in a windowless hotel conference room in the basement of a Toronto hotel. There was a weirdly patterned carpet and a buffet lunch and that awful, burnt-tasting drip coffee that I couldn’t stop drinking. [1] Finding myself in a windowless hotel conference room was not particularly unusual. […]

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New fellowship/post doc for feminist biology in the Resources section!

Check it out here! Feminist biology for scholars at almost any career level at UW Madison in the Resources section.