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Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology!

Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology Join us October 10 – 11 as we consider how to uncover and reverse gender bias in biology Keynote speakers: Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University Sari van Anders, University of Michigan Featured speaker: Caroline VanSickle, Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Biology, University of Wisconsin—Madison Open to...

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...

Feminist science: Getting started?

Feminist science: Getting started?

Have you ever wondered where to get started with feminist science? Wonder no more! Here is an epic list from all sorts of smart people in various disciplines — who are, full disclosure, some of my Facebook friends willing and generous enough to give their thoughts on starting points in...

When Feminism Met Neuroscience… at a conference.

When Feminism Met Neuroscience… at a conference.

A  bunch of scholars from various disciplines met up at NeuroGenderings III just this past May to discuss the intersections between neuroscience and feminism. Did you miss it? Well, fret not! Because a summary of events is posted! Click here to see what happened, who said what, and why NeuroGenderings...

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

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

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...

Institutionalizing sex differences: Room for nuance

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...

Gender, Neuroscience, & PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

Gender, Neuroscience, & PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

One of our members, Mallory Bowers, has an interesting post called “(en)Gendering psychiatric disease: what does sex/gender have to do with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?” It’s up on the Neuroethics Blog. It starts out: As I’ve become more entrenched in the PTSD field, I’ve been struck by the prominent sex/gender...

Save the Date for Feminist Biology!

Save the Date for Feminist Biology!

Save-the-date for Feminist Biology! Why? Because Anne Fausto-Sterling will be speaking. If hearing one of the key players in feminist biology isn’t enough for you, I just heard her at NeuroGenderings, and she has some amazing new data. Plus, she is a major tweeter (@Fausto_Sterling) and I know that the...

Feminism is a theory like evolution is a theory.

Feminism is a theory like evolution is a theory.

I know, right?! HOW COULD I EVEN SAY THAT?! Could I be a more worstest person??!? Quickbeforeyouleaveletmeexplain: If you’re a feminist and you say words, you often end up explaining to people why you’re a feminist. Equo pro icqum, if you’re a feminist scientist, you often end up explaining to...

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

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!...