Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Monday, 7 November 2016

Why less praise for women?

An analysis of 1,224 recommendation letters for postdoctoral fellowships in geosciences revealed that female applicants are only half as likely to receive ‘excellent’ letters versus ‘good’ letters compared to male applicants. However, there was no evidence that male and female recommenders differ in their likelihood to write stronger letters for male applicants over female applicants. The full paper is published in Nature Geoscience and can be accessed via this physicsworld link.

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