News in Europe: Let’s Not Stay Together

Greetings, citizens! While nothing major has happened this past week, there are so many curious behind-the-scenes developments that I’m starting to suspect Europe might just be losing it. But onwards and upwards, friends, and let’s make the best of this: Continue reading News in Europe: Let’s Not Stay Together

Gender Bias in the Sciences

So sometimes when I talk about gender bias and sexism in academia, some people seem surprised. I don’t know if they bought into the notion that academia is some sort of hippy-dippy haven for everyone or what, but the surprise surprises me. More surprising are the people who deny that any sort of sexism or gender bias exists within academia (even with all of Joan Roughgarden’s writing on the subject). Welp, in a study published just last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS ““ say that 5 times fast for a giggle), researchers at Yale University found that if men and women had the exact same resume, men are more likely to get hired and to receive a higher starting salary. Continue reading Gender Bias in the Sciences

Biases in Standardized Testing

It’s that dreaded time of year again for teachers: standardized testing time.  The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) begins February 28th, and I get the joy of having five third-graders who will be taking this exam.    Continue reading Biases in Standardized Testing