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Breaking into the Lab

Engineering Progress for Women in Science

Sue Rosser

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: NYU Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. ix

Without the perspectives, ideas, and guidance of so many people, this book would not have been possible. The mentors during my own graduate, postdoctoral, and professional careers who directed me and shared their insights and opinions helped me to understand academia, science, and the profession...

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1. Introduction: Why Women in Science Are Still Controversial after Thirty Years

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pp. 1-23

In 1968, when I applied to four graduate schools and was accepted to all but Harvard, I wondered why Stanford had failed to provide me with support, since both Berkeley and Madison had. When I called the chair of the department to inquire about this, I was told that they had accepted...

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2. Starting Careers: Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est la Meme Chose

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pp. 24-64

Biologist Martine Ryeson completed her PhD at age 24 in Britain; unfortunately, this coincided with Thatcher’s reforms of the British educational system. She became part of the brain drain and took a postdoc at a Canadian university. After 3 1/2 years as a postdoc, she decided to...

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3. Positive Interventions from Mentors and Mentoring Networks

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pp. 65-92

Physicist Mary Vasser credits a male mentor at each level of high school, college, and graduate school for helping her to get through the difficulties in her educational path toward a career in particle physics. When others put her down and harassed her, a powerful senior scientist...

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4. New Filters for Senior Women Scientists

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pp. 93-125

Biologist Caroline Dogman has been at her research I public institution in the Southeast for almost 25 years now. From her position as department chair, she has seen how receiving salary raises to counter offers from outside institutions works to the advantage of senior men at...

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5. Advancing Women Scientists to Senior Leadership Positions

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pp. 126-149

Having women in leadership positions in academic administration may constitute one of the most effective ways to remove institutional barriers and change the environment for senior women in general at the university and for senior women scientists in particular. One senior woman...

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6. The Gender Gap in Patents

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pp. 150-177

Software engineer Joan Jetma works at a very large global information technology company that prides itself on innovation and rewards its employees for patenting innovative discoveries. Joan had observed that very few women in the company where she worked obtained patents...

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7. The Impact that Women Have Made on Science and Technology

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pp. 178-213

What difference does it make to have women scientists and engineers? The last two chapters suggested significant effects from having more women in key administrative positions in academic institutions, and possible losses in innovation from having fewer women involved in inventions...

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8. Conclusion: Women in Science Are Critical for Society

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pp. 214-222

When I began my undergraduate education in science more than 40 years ago, I experienced mentoring from faculty that encouraged me to continue in science as well as some that had a decidedly chilling effect to make me question my choice of major. For example, one faculty...

Appendix A: Grants to Support Women Scientists Cited in This Book

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pp. 223


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pp. 225-238


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pp. 239-249

About the Author

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pp. 251

E-ISBN-13: 9780814771525
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814776452
Print-ISBN-10: 0814776450

Publication Year: 2012