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August 2018 GWIS News Digest

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News Digest is a GWIS periodical highlighting published news and entertainment of interest to women in science.
Who writes science and technology stories? More men than women. The Conversation has been working to narrow the gender gap in authorship of its science and technology stories. The academic-focused publication found that at the end of 2017, only 28% of its authors were women. To date, the number has increased to 32%. The Conversation is encouraging more female academics to pitch their stories to continue narrowing the gap. The Conversation
Rosalind Franklin and the damage of gender harassment. The prevalence of sexual harassment in the scientific community has received much attention lately, but one particular form of sexual harassment called “gender harassment” has been less talked about. Rosalind Franklin experienced significant gender harassment over the course of her time in the lab. Gender harassment is defined as "disrespecting, demeaning, and deprecating women and their work, abilities, and accomplishments, simply because they are women." Science
Science's bullying problem. Recently, several high-profile scientists have been publicly accused of bullying. Though these specific instances have made headlines, the problem of bullying in science may run deeper. Well-known science blogger Neuroskeptic argues that there are three main factors that contribute to bullying: idealism of subordinates, a faulty promotion system, and the prestige of senior scientists. Discover
Women more likely to survive heart attacks if treated by female doctors. In the U.S., women are less likely to survive the years after a heart attack than men. A new study finds that this is partly due to how women are treated and the gender of the doctors who treat them. Researchers found that there is no gender gap in survival when the treating doctor is female. However, women patients fare worse when their doctor is male. Additionally, the study finds that male doctors were better at treating women when they work in hospitals with more female doctors. The Atlantic
Japanese medical university admits to discriminating against female applicants. Officials from Tokyo Medical University recently confessed to manipulating entrance exam scores in order to limit the number of admitted women. An external investigative panel found that the practice stems from fears that women may leave their careers after having children. Some fear that other Japanese medical schools may engage in similar practices. Science
9 STEM-focused picture books for young children. Author Swapna Krishna compiled a list of several STEM-focused picture books that make great gifts for children. The list includes such titles as, "Ada Twist, Scientist" by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, and "What Do You Do With an Idea?" by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom. Syfy Wire
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