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Put talent first: Practical steps to eliminate gender bias in science

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Put talent first: Practical steps to eliminate gender bias in science

Recorded 11 July 2018


The #metoo movement has swept Hollywood, politics, and even Uber. Is science next? This live roundtable discussion will address the continuing problem of gender-based discrimination in the sciences. Our expert panel will examine the efforts being taken by scientific organizations, academic centers, and funding agencies to end gender bias in science. They will also consider the cultural changes needed in the sciences to prevent and eradicate discrimination, including moving the narrative away from blaming the victim and excusing discriminatory behavior, and toward community responsibility. Only through collective action across the scientific community can we create workplaces that are gender equitable, nondiscriminatory, and bias-free.

Registration is free and anonymous.

This webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes.

Speaker bios

Kathryn Clancy, Ph.D.

University of Illinois
Urbana, IL

Dr. Clancy is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, with additional affiliations in the Program for Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology, and Women and Gender in Global Perspective. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from Yale University, and a joint Honors bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Harvard University. Her research integrates life history, evolutionary medicine, and feminist biology to understand how modern environments influence women’s reproductive physiology, health, and well-being. Her critical research on the culture of science has also received widespread attention. She and her colleagues have empirically demonstrated the continued problem of sexual harassment and assault in the field sciences, astronomy, and planetary science, and she serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee to Address Sexual Harassment in the Sciences. Dr. Clancy was named one of Nature’s “10 most influential scientists” in 2013, and has received local leadership awards from the Girl Scouts and YWCA.

Anna Han, Ph.D.

Bethesda, MD

Anna Han, Ph.D., is a senior behavioral scientist in the Office of the Director, Scientific Workforce Diversity, at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her work focuses on evidence-based approaches and interventions to enhance diversity and social inclusion in the scientific workforce. Before joining NIH, she was an associate professor of psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Dr. Han received her doctorate from The Ohio State University. Her research areas include attitude and behavior change, stereotyping and prejudice, implicit/explicit biases, and implicit self-control. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has served on several grant reviews and as an expert panelist on these topics.

Isabelle Collet, Ph.D.

University of Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Collet is a former computer scientist. She received her Ph.D. in education from the University of Paris Nanterre, France, in 2005, and the following year published the book Does Computer Science Have a Gender? Hackers, Myths and Realities, based on her thesis work, which received an award from the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. She founded ARGEF, the Research Association for Gender in Education and Training ( as well as a peer-reviewed, French-language science journal, La Revue Genre Éducation Formation (The Gender Education and Training Journal). Since 2000, she has been involved in several Europe-based projects on gender and information technology, and is an evaluator for the European Union’s GENDER-NET Plus program. She has served as a scientific expert on numerous gender-neutral education projects in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in Belgium, France, and Switzerland. Her research interests are focused on closing the STEM gender gap (especially in information technology) and developing inclusion strategies for women in higher education. She served on the committee for the first European congress on gender violence and sexual harassment in higher education, held in Paris in December 2017. She is also a consultant on gender-inclusive teaching for CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

Shirley Malcom, Ph.D.

Washington, DC

Shirley Malcom is head of Education and Human Resources at AAAS. In this position she works to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. She served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from Penn State, masters from UCLA and bachelor’s from the University of Washington, both in zoology.

Malcom chaired the NAS Committee on Barriers and Opportunities to 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degree Completion. She serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, the National Math-Science Initiative and Digital Promise. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

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