Women have disrupted research on bird song, and their findings show how diversity can improve all fields of science

For decades, scientists believed that only male birds sang. Then women entered the field and showed what their predecessors had missed.

Karan Odom, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: birds women stem wildlife ornithology gender-bias diversity birdsong womens-representation breeding gender-bias-in-academia diversity-in-science

The tech field failed a 25-year challenge to achieve gender equality by 2020 – culture change is key to getting on track

Diversifying leadership can change organizational cultures, which removes barriers to women in the tech industry and academia.

Francine Berman, Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: computer-science equality women stem technology gender-pay-gap diversity supercomputers equal-pay female-leadership womens-representation organizational-managmeent pay-gap

In changing urban neighborhoods, new food offerings can set the table for gentrification

Hip food offerings can signal that a neighborhood is gentrifying – especially when they repackage traditional foods for wealthy white eaters.

Yuki Kato, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University • conversation
July 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: cities protest supermarkets food restaurants diversity farmers-markets economic-development community-gardens gentrification displacement foodies cafes

The pandemic shows we need more Black scientists – but who will pay the cost?

Barriers for Black scientists won't go away without substantial funding – and measures that don't require white people to lose out.

Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, Director of Impact and Innovation, University of East London • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: scientists racism bame diversity black-lives-matter

Black women scientists missing from textbooks, study shows

Scientists portrayed in biology textbooks are predominantly white men, according to a US study.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 24, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: gender diversity

Report: Movies can thrive without white male lead actors

A new report debunks the Hollywood myth that films with female or underrepresented minority lead actors tend to perform worse at the box office.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: business gender money diversity society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity movies

Diverse corporate boards still have glass ceilings

White men still dominate leadership positions on corporate boards, research finds. "Simply adding diversity does not automatically remove the glass ceiling."

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: business gender bias diversity society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity

Can hearing lots of languages offer the benefits of bilingualism?

Brain scans suggest that places with language diversity might offer monolingual people some of the benefits of bilingualism.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine • futurity
Aug. 30, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cognition brains diversity science-and-technology society-and-culture languages

To realize precision medicine, genetic studies need diversity

"The promise of precision medicine that improves health will not be achieved with studies based solely on people of primarily European ancestry."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
June 23, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: genes race research diversity featured health-and-medicine ethnicity

Knowing just one gay person shifts attitudes

Merely becoming acquainted with a gay person has the power to shift people's views on marriage equality, research suggests.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 13, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: bias marriage diversity society-and-culture social-lives lgbtq

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