Tagged: funding

Sex, Gender, and the New NIH Policy

Guest Post by Heather Shattuck-Heidorn! 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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...