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August 2019 NewsDigest

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News Digest is a GWIS periodical highlighting published news and entertainment of interest to women in science.

In science, questions matter a lot. Men are more likely than women to ask them. A recent study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics found that men were overrepresented among those asking questions at genetics conferences. Specifically, an analysis of four annual American Society of Human Genetics meetings found that men asked 65% of the questions posed to speakers.

What having more women astronauts could mean for space exploration. Historically, women have been excluded from becoming astronauts as well as from rising within NASA more generally. Many hope that the proposed 2024 moon mission called Artemis will stimulate the interest of women in space travel.             
Fast Company
A 24-year-old biochemist won the Miss Virginia pageant by performing a science experiment onstage as her talent. Camille Schrier won the Miss Virginia pageant after performing a chemistry experiment during the talent portion of the competition. Schrier is currently studying to be a doctor of pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She will be competing in the Miss America pageant in September. Insider

Here's one simple way to get more women into higher-paying STEM jobs. A new study suggests that one way to bring more women into STEM is to have smaller class sizes. The study published in BioScience found that college classes with more than 120 students negatively affect female participation.  Market Watch
Young female rocket scientist launches nation's first print magazine for girls in STEM. Caeley Looney, a recent graduate with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, started a publication called Reinvented Magazine to inspire interest in STEM among young girls. As Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, Looney says that “in order to see a change in the professional world, we need to start at the beginning by showing our daughters, sisters, and friends female role models in STEM fields at a young age.” Women You Should Know
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