Biases start early, as one famous study shows: when asked to draw a scientist, half of kindergarteners draw a male and half female. By third grade, 75% draw a male. In this video, Caroline Simard of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research discusses implicit bias and stereotypes in science, how these biases manifest in the workplace, and what can be done about them. More>
A better understanding of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), a tropical disturbance that propagates eastward around the global tropics, is vital for accurately forecasting weather in Western India and the El Niño/La Niña cycle on the U.S. West Coast. That’s why researchers are using NERSC resources and field data to improve existing MJO models. More>
The April 29 issue of the San Francisco Business Times included Rosio Alvarez on its list of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business. When asked about her proudest professional accomplishment, she answered: “Every day I proudly provide high-level technical solutions to scientists who are solving the most pressing challenges facing the world.” More>
The Lab’s Photo Club hosts its annual Spring Showcase Wednesday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. Refreshments will be served from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Visitors can enter a raffle and vote for their favorite image. Go here for more on the Photo Club.
Peter Weng, from the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and a former director at Google, will give a labwide talk on Monday, May 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will discuss how unconscious biases and automatic responses stemming from biases can be barriers to an inclusive environment. More>
Several Biosciences researchers and staff participated in the 2016 East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day on April 27 in West Berkeley. Nearly three hundred East Bay high school students participated, learning about the effect of carcinogens on human breast cells and why fruit flies are model organisms, and using microscopes to view cell division, among other activities. More>