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Women more likely to win awards that are not named after men
Women are more likely to win awards that aren’t named after a person than prizes named after a man, research has found. The study1, presented on 25 May at the European Geoscience Union (EGU) general assembly in Vienna, reviewed almost 9,000 recipients across roughly 350 awards in the fields of Earth and environmental sciences and cardiology, as well as those given out by national scientific bodies in the United Kingdom and United States. The study has yet to be published. It found that women have received only around 15% of these awards, going back to the eighteenth century. For the 214 awards that are named after men, female winners fall to just 12% (see ‘Award winners by gender’). But women were the winners 24% of the time for the 93 awards not named after anyone - a trend that was consistent over time, says Stefan Krause, an Earth and environmental scientist at the University of Birmingham, UK, who presented the research at the EGU meeting. The results suggest that there might be a link between the name of an award and who receives it, he says. “If the awards are not named after a person, the gender balance in prizes is more balanced,” he adds.
Posted on 05 Jun 2022
NASA's Cynthia Rosenzweig Receives 2022 World Food Prize
Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, received the 2022 World Food Prize from the World Food Prize Foundation on May 5. According to the World Food Prize Foundation, the World Food Prize is a prestigious international award conceived as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" with a mission to elevate innovations and inspire action to sustainably increase the quality, quantity, and availability of food for all. Rosenzweig was selected for the award for her research to understand the relationship between climate and food systems and forecast how both will change in the future. Her modeling work has provided a foundation for decision-makers around the world to create strategies to mitigate climate change and adapt our food systems to a changing planet, which has helped communities worldwide address the consequences of Earth’s changing climate.
Posted on 30 May 2022
WITI's 28th Annual Women in Technology Summit: Saving our Planet through Digital Transformation; June 21-22, 2022 • Online
Attend Women In Technology International's 28th Annual Virtual Summit 2022 that will feature: Keynotes showcasing women worldwide who are tackling climate change and accelerating sustainability; Tech sessions on AI/ML, Agile/DevOps, Blockchain, Cloud, Cybersecurity, DX Leadership, Robotics, and more; Panels and workshops on leadership and mentoring; Global networking sessions so you can connect and share with other professional women around the world; And back by popular demand: WITI’s coaching circles, pairing speakers with small groups to discuss professional development topics to further your career – including creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving.
Posted on 30 May 2022
Association for Women in Science – Annual Report 2021
AWIS is proud to release their 2021 Annual Report! They achieved several milestones in their 50th anniversary year - thanks to their members, donors, and advocates.
Posted on 09 May 2022
WITI's 28th Annual Women in Technology Summit: Saving our Planet through Digital Transformation; June 21-22, 2022 • Online
Forward-thinking women understand that climate change is an urgent challenge, a generational responsibility … and a professional opportunity. The good news is that we women in technology are the world’s best bet in the fight for a clean, healthy, and sustainable planet. And we have the tools to do it: Digital Transformation (DX) helps organizations do a better job of both delivering their traditional value propositions and creating new ones – especially those focused on sustainability. Accenture finds that by using public cloud services, enterprises could cut their IT-related greenhouse gas emissions by some 6%, the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road. At the crux of achieving sustainability through DX are exciting new technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. This will create both technical and non-technical career opportunities, and WITI is here to help you explore them. WITI’s 2022 Virtual Summit will feature: Keynotes showcasing women worldwide who are tackling climate change and accelerating sustainability, Tech sessions on AI/ML, Agile/DevOps, Blockchain, Cloud, Cybersecurity, DX Leadership, Robotics, and more, Panels and workshops on leadership and mentoring and Global networking sessions so you can connect and share with other professional women around the world.
Posted on 09 May 2022
Survey: Trust in science is high, but misinformation is a threat
Trust in science is rising worldwide, according to a 3M-backed survey released Tuesday, and more people expect it to solve the world's problems. But the fifth annual 3M State of Science Index also showed many are worried that misinformation could lead to more public health crises, greater societal divisions and lack of action on climate change. Since 2018, 3M has sought to measure global attitudes about science and the role it plays in society to help shade decision-making. Global research firm Ipsos surveyed 17,000 adults in 17 countries last fall: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Ninety percent of respondents said they trust science at least somewhat, up from 84% in 2020. About half of respondents said they consider science important in their everyday lives - and 61% of those under 40 said so.
Posted on 25 Apr 2022
Women in work: how companies in Chile reduced gender pay gap
The World Economic Forum Gender Gap Accelerator programme has significantly improved the professional prospects of women in work in Chile. By bringing together leaders from the private and public sectors, the Forum has been influential in enhancing the quality of work for more than 130,000 local women – the equivalent of 7% of salaried employees in Chile’s private sector. Data indicates that the Forum’s three-year accelerator programme in Chile has effectively promoted female representation in member companies, which include Accenture, Cargill, IBM, Invest Chile, LatAm Airlines, Microsoft, Nestlé, PwC, SAP, Salmon Chile, Siemens and Unilever. On average, these companies report that 41% of staff members are women – almost 10 percentage points above the national average, which stood at 31.7% in January 2019. More importantly, these employers have reduced the gender pay gap by 37.5% between 2016 and 2019. Put differently, men hired by the group of 180 companies receive, on average, 5.6% more remuneration per hour of work, a gap that is considerably lower than the national average, where men earn almost 18% more wages, on average, per hour worked. Continued collaboration intends to reduce this gap even further.
Posted on 25 Apr 2022
3 women in AI who are helping bridge the gender equity gap
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly mainstream across sectors and has great potential to benefit society. But its full potential can only be realised if the technology represents the diversity of the populations it represents. Read about three women in AI who are working to address gender equity in the technology's development. Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly advancing across sectors and industries and while it has great potential to benefit society, this can only be realized if AI truly represents the diversity of the populations it represents. Gender equity, specifically, is not currently realized in AI development. A technology meant to replicate human functions learns from and relies on the data and teams that put it together and manage it. A lack of representation from women in these spaces creates bias and can make technology untrustworthy.
Posted on 25 Apr 2022
After 10 years, Girls Who Code ‘made coding cool’ - but toxic tech culture means ‘there’s still such a long way to go’
Ten years ago, 20 girls from high schools across New York City gave up seven weeks of their summer to gather in a tech company’s Flatiron Building conference room and learn the basics of computer programming. At the time, it didn’t necessarily feel like that big of a deal - but that experiment became the inaugural summer program of Girls Who Code. Founded in 2012 by Reshma Saujani, the New York-based nonprofit works to close the gender gap in computer science jobs, partially by creating a steady pipeline of female talent with STEM backgrounds.
Posted on 10 Apr 2022
The Pivotal Role of the Graduate Program in Student Mentoring
In graduate education, the faculty mentor plays the primary role in guiding a graduate student from recruitment through graduation-and often on to job placements-for several formative and demanding years. Faculty mentors also play an increasing role in responding to the mental health needs of graduate students, who face the stressors of the pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, climate change and political unrest. While this mentoring relationship is central for graduate students, it is one often fraught with challenges. A mentoring relationship, after all, is fundamentally a relationship that relies on dynamic interpersonal skills, such as effective communication and cultural awareness. Mentor training has undoubtedly enhanced mentorship cultures across college campuses. Nationally, the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, Duke University, the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University, among others, are offering resources and training to help mentors and mentees foster a positive and productive relationship. But improving graduate mentoring cannot rest solely on the individual actions of the most devoted mentors and mentees. Campuses should also consider the powerful role that their graduate program can play in addressing the mentorship needs of entire cohorts of faculty and students and effectively setting standards of mentorship.
Posted on 10 Apr 2022

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