Research: Women hit harder by the pressures of elite academic science

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Research: Women hit harder by the pressures of elite academic science

Work life in academia might sound like a dream: summers off, year-long sabbaticals, the opportunity to switch between classroom teaching and research. Yet, when it comes to the sciences, life at the top U.S. research universities is hardly idyllic. Based on surveys of over 2,000 junior and senior scientists, both male and female, as well as in-depth interviews, the new book "Failing Families, Failing Science" by SMU sociologist Anne Lincoln and Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund examines how the rigors of a career in academic science makes it especially difficult to balance family and work.

Times Higher Education: How work and family life conflict in the modern university

Academic science still operates on assumptions that have failed to catch up with the realities of today’s family lives, argue scholars Times Higher Education covered the new book of SMU sociologist Anne Lincoln in a Sept. 29 article "How work and family life conflict in the modern university." The book, Failing Families, Failing Science (NYU Press, [...]

CBS 11: Marital Tension Disturbs The Family Bond

SMU, Kouros, Marital Conflict, CBSLocal CBS 11 News has covered the research of psychology expert Chrystyna Kouros, assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology. Chrystyna Kouros focuses on understanding depressive symptoms and depression in the context of family stress.

Txchnologist: Are Women’s Scientific Achievements Being Overlooked?

The Txchnologist blog covered the research of SMU sociologist Anne Lincoln. In a July 5 entry, writer Joseph Castro discusses Lincoln's latest findings surrounding discrimination against women in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Dubbed "the Mathilda Effect," Lincoln has shown that women in the STEM areas do not receive the same recognition for their research and achievements as do men in those fields.

Scientists face barriers to engaging with public, but still participate in outreach

Although scientists face a number of significant barriers to public outreach, some still engage in these activities, especially women and those with children, according to work published May 9 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The study authors found that having children was positively correlated with participation in outreach activities; most of the activities study participants were involved in targeted school-aged children.

USA Today: Women scientists lose out on research prizes

USA Today's "ScienceFair" blog has covered the research of SMU sociologist Anne Lincoln. In a March 13 entry, journalist Dan Vergano writes about Lincoln's latest findings surrounding discrimination against women in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Dubbed "the Mathilda Effect," Lincoln has shown that women in the STEM areas do not receive the same recognition for their research and achievements as do men in those fields.

Inside Higher Ed: NSF Aims For Family Friendly Science

sciencecareer.jpgInside Higher Ed cites the research of SMU's Anne Lincoln in a Sept. 27 article announcing new efforts by the National Science Foundation to make research grants more accessible to female scientists.

The move by the NSF is an effort to stem the tide of female scientists fleeing the fields of science, technology, engineering and math when forced to choose between their career and motherhood.

Lincoln, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, has done extensive research on how science careers can be incompatible with both women and men who also want to have a family.

The Atlantic: Being a College Professor Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Lincoln%2C%20college%20prof.jpgThe Atlantic has covered the research of SMU's Anne Lincoln, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. The article "Being a College Professor Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be" was published Aug. 10 in the online edition of the The Atlantic.

Lincoln's study found that nearly half of all women scientists and one-quarter of male scientists at the nation's top research universities said their career has kept them from having as many children as they had wanted. The study, "Scientists Want More Children," appears in the current issue of the journal PLoS ONE.

Wall Street Journal: Is Science Incompatible With Family?

juggle_GMdaycare_D_20090318110547.jpgThe Wall Street Journal has covered the research of SMU's Anne Lincoln, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. The article "Is Science Incompatible With Family?" was published Aug. 9 in the online edition of the WSJ.

The research found that nearly half of all women scientists and one-quarter of male scientists at the nation's top research universities said their career has kept them from having as many children as they had wanted. The study, "Scientists Want More Children," appears in the current issue of the journal PLoS ONE.

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