Alice Dore is a PhD student at UEA studying social plasticity, with strong interests in social outreach, mental health care and capacity building. I was proud to be involved with organising a one-day symposium at the University of East Anglia on 25th July. The aim - to bring people together from disciplines of international development and life... Continue Reading →
Happy International Women's Day 2018! Josie Maidment, a PhD student at the UEA-affiliated John Innes Centre, is the curator of @365womeninSTEM and has tweeted about one female scientist every day for the last year. Here's what she's learnt ... Just over a year ago, I read an article describing a 2014 survey which found that 25%... Continue Reading →
Happy International Women and Girls in Science Day! To celebrate, here's Professor Karen Duff (a UEA alumna and now Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University). Karen visited UEA in November last year as part of BIO's Open Lecture series, and recorded a short segment for us about her career path. Here she... Continue Reading →
BIO E&D blog editor Ros Brown suggests five things you can do to support equality and diversity (E&D), both in and out of the workplace, in 2018. It's easy to feel powerless in this world of systemic discrimination, to feel numb and drained at the sheer scale of the problem. Personally, whenever new celebrity sexual... Continue Reading →
Dr Joanne Godwin, a postdoc in BIO, shares her experience as a speaker for this unique science communication initiative, and her reasons for getting involved. “If a flour beetle egg was the size of a rugby ball, how long would a sperm cell be?”* Standing on a wooden box in the middle of a busy... Continue Reading →
While the topic of gender bias in science has made headlines recently, there’s another, interacting issue affecting Western science that has so far received less attention – racial and ethnic bias. Alice Dore, a PhD student in BIO, explains. Science has a long and troubled history with both gender and race. In the 1800s, phrenology, the... Continue Reading →
On 16 July 2017, history was made: the first female Doctor Who was announced. But why should we care that a woman is now going to play the role of a shape-shifting, time travelling, two-hearted alien? There have been other strong female scientists in sci-fi. You can cite the later Star Trek franchises, or Dana... Continue Reading →
Tracey Chapman is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at UEA, and over the last five years has written and coordinated BIO’s successful Athena SWAN bids (Bronze in 2013, Silver in 2017). I spoke to her about her interest in equality and diversity (E&D) in higher education, and the process of writing the bids.