Readings and Items of Interest

Below we highlight published items of interest to current/future postdocs and other PhD professionals. We are especially interested in drawing attention to policy issues, minority postdocs, and national/regional postdoc diversity affinity groups. For busy PhD professionals, we will scan the diversity literature and news outlets.

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 2012

A 2002 report for the University of California President's Summit on Faculty Gender Equity found that while women were earning 45 percent of the Ph.D.'s in biology, women represented only 37 percent of postdoctoral appointments in biology (and 37 percent of the new-faculty appointments). That indicates a major leak in the pipeline between Ph.D. achievement and postdoctoral appointments.

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 2012

[For example,] excessive focus on male research subjects and definition of cardiovascular diseases as "male" led to underdiagnosis and undertreatment of the disease in women.

Inside Higher Ed, October 2012

Prominent researcher's Facebook post calling women at a neuroscience conference 'unattractive,' and lamenting lack of 'super model types,' sets off debate about sexism in science.

ScienceCareers, August 2012

Micella Phoenix DeWhyse: Why should the community care? It's not only because trainees are suffering; it's also because intellectual health is linked with psychological health. Most of us are at our most productive when we're well adjusted—when we feel respected, valued, and confident in our potential. Unfortunately, that describes a rather small fraction of the science-trainee population., July 2012

...students, more than other stakeholders, will be the main catalysts for change in the area of faculty diversity. 'The students will make the difference. They are the ones who put the pressure on the institutions, and there needs to be more pressure from the students.'

Inside Higher Ed, July 2012 examined the careers of a group of sociologists and found that women with children are more likely than childless women to end up in...a tenured job...they are as likely to end up on that career path as are men with or without children.

SACNAS News Summer/Fall 2012

After much painstaking research, I found the ability to pursue one's ideas is dictated by funding and personal connections.

Inside Higher Ed, July 2012

Grutter recognized that having a diverse student body serves a variety of important educational objectives. One of those objectives can be described syllogistically: personal characteristics help determine our experiences; our experiences inform our thoughts and perspectives; therefore, having students with a wide array of personal qualities helps enrich the educational environment by infusing it with a rich variety of ideas and points of view.

Inside Higher Ed, July 2012

Couples in all fields, and particularly those in academe, face struggles over career priorities. For women scientists, the issue is especially acute since...83 percent of women scientists are partnered with other scientists, compared to 54 percent of men scientists.

Inside Higher Ed, July 2012

The study examined minority graduate enrollments in four states -- California, Florida, Texas (where the ban has since been lifted) and Washington State -- that have had bans on the consideration of race in admissions decisions during the years since those bans were adopted. Across graduate programs, the enrollment of underrepresented minority groups has fallen 12 percent under the bans...

Last updated: 2020-06-28