Category: Articles

Alternative Careers

Two resources on careers outside of academe: Link for alternative careers for oceanographers (from TOS): Book on how to change careers (Fiske’s Put your science to work book published by AGU:

NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative

Today, White House Council on Women and Girls Executive Director Tina Tchen, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John P. Holdren, and National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Subra Suresh announced the “NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative,” a 10-year

New Oceanography article detailing MPOWIR’s efforts

Mentoring Groups A Non-Exit Strategy for Women in Physical Oceanography We all know them: friends, colleagues, and students who left oceanography to pursue other careers. While their talents are certainly highly valued elsewhere, we are often left with lingering concerns

Closed Ranks in Oceanography

Between 2001 and 2005, women earned 28% of awarded PhDs at the 17 US institutions with physical oceanography graduate programmes, yet only one out of eight talks was given by a female presenter in many of the relevant sessions at

Report on Women at MIT

When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology acknowledged 12 years ago that it had discriminated against female professors in “subtle but pervasive” ways, it became a national model for addressing gender inequity. Now, an evaluation of those efforts shows substantial progress

The Science of Scientific Writing

Science is often hard to read. Most people assume that its difficulties are born out of necessity, out of the extreme complexity of scientific concepts, data and analysis. We argue here that complexity of thought need not lead to impenetrability

How to Use the Fixed Schedule Strategy to Gain Scientific Productivity

This past autumn, I completed my PhD in Neurovascular Genetics. Simultaneous with writing my thesis, I finished the manuscript for my first book, which was handed one month after my PhD defense and is now published by Lulu. During this past year,

The Trouble with Bright Girls

Successful women know only too well that in any male-dominated profession, we often find ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. We are routinely underestimated, underutilized and even underpaid. Studies show that women need to perform at extraordinarily high levels, just to

Why we have too few women leaders

In this TED talk Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. Watch: Why

Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science

Explanations for women’s under representation in math-intensive fields of science often focus on sex discrimination in grant and manuscript reviewing, interviewing, and hiring. Claims that women scientists suffer discrimination in these arenas rest on a set of studies undergirding policies