Women and URMs, Peer Review Needs You. Here's Why and How to Get On That.

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

UPDATED! Awesome update on our call for URM and women reviewers: After lots of awesome feedback and 63 folks signing up, its clear that trainees and PIs turned out in droves. …

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FFS: Faculty Dispairty, Violence and Starvation

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

I’ve decided to reup my efforts at bringing some important news you might have overlooked this week in a feature known as Forefront Friday Stories (FFS). This week’s …

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Are Your LGBTQ Trainees Safe: Thoughts on Life Post Orlando

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Today’s massacre in Orlando of unarmed patrons of a gay nightclub in Orlando is sickening, stunning and all too personal for many of us in academics. Earlier today, I …

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If I'm a Minority Recruit, Is It Tacky to Point Out There are No Other Minority Faculty?

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Around the Twitter world today, a kindly trainee had been offered an awesome job (woot!). BUT, and there’s always a but,  there were no other minority hires in their …

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The Rube Goldberg Experiment of Hiring Underrepresented Minorities and Harassment of Women in STEM Must End

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Rube Goldberg was a  Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist known for introducing the most complex systems of parts to solve simple problems. Like Zacks Red Bull, Easter egg, Connect Four, locomotive fueled …

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The Trouble With Girls in Lab

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

It’s been a tough few weeks for women in science. In a June column of Science entitled “Help! My Advisor Won’t Stop Looking Down My Shirt” contributor Dr …

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News: NIH Awards $31 Million to Enhance Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce

The Edge for Scholars

The National Institutes of Health announced the award of nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, …

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News: NIH to Balance Sex in Cell and Animal Studies

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In 1993, the NIH Revitalization Act required the inclusion of women in NIH-funded clinical research. Today, just over half of NIH-funded clinical-research participants are women. We know much more about the …

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Title IX Isn’t Working: Nine Necessary Actions to End Sexual Harassment Culture in STEM

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Imagine your lab throws you a party for your upcoming wedding. Fun, right? Now imagine your boss handing you a large, vivid and anatomically distinctive sex toy. At the University …

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