Calculating a bias in neuroscience: The women asked to speak

Photo: LILLI CARRE, STR A Princeton neuroscientist and colleagues launched a website to compare the ratio of male and female speakers at neuroscience conferences to the ratio in the conferences’ respective neuroscience field over all. (Lilli Carre/The New York Times) — NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH SCI GENDER BIAS BY JAPOORVA MANDAVILLI FOR EPT. 6, 2016. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. — One day in August 2015, the Princeton University neuroscientist Yael Niv saw an email notice of a conference on deep brain stimulation, a hot topic in treatment for depression and other mental disorders. Niv noticed that none of the 21 scientists scheduled to speak were women. This was not the first time that Niv had lamented a skewed lineup. For years, she had tried to persuade other…


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