Public universities in the U.S. employ a dearth of African American, Hispanic, and female faculty members in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, according to a new survey of 40 such institutions. The study, published last week (August 16) in Educational Researcher, suggests that the disparity owes in part to a similar lack of diversity in PhD programs that fledge would-be professors. An exception to this appears to be black STEM faculty members who are underrepresented even beyond the proportion of PhDs granted to African Americans.
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We’ve all met him. The excessively self-confident colleague who thinks he could fix all the world’s ills if only someone would listen to his “game-changing” ideas, which surprisingly often include giving him the top job and firing all his enemies. If you’re really unlucky, they might also include his pseudo-scientific explanations for why people he doesn’t like are genetically inferior, due to his unqualified opinion of their IQ, race or gender.
The University of Michigan’s biomedical sciences graduate program announced last week that it will no longer require GRE scores for its Ph.D. admissions. Following a review of the available evidence and a public discussion involving the program’s faculty, staff, and trainees, the exam’s ability to predict student performance seems “weak at best” while it significantly disadvantages women, minorities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, writes Scott Barolo, director of the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS), in the announcement.
Her became interested in helping people regain function after spending much of his childhood at Hmong refugee camps in Thailand. He was surrounded by people injured during the Vietnam War, in which the United States recruited Hmong soldiers, including Her’s father, to fight communist forces. The wounded included his uncle, who was paralyzed on one side of his body.