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The Princeton Graduate School's Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Team’s newsletter.



NIH’s new cluster hiring program aims to help schools attract diverse faculty
Jeffrey Mervis, Science January 30, 2020

From the article:
Science cover"The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hoping universities will use a controversial—and largely untested—method of hiring junior faculty members to improve the diversity of the U.S. biomedical research workforce. Last week, a top-level advisory group gave NIH officials the green light to launch a $241 million initiative called Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST). The money, over 9 years, would go to help each of roughly a dozen universities and medical schools support a cluster of 10 or more newly hired young faculty members. ..."



The changing career trajectories of new parents in STEM
Erin A. Cech and Mary Blair-Loy, PNAS March 5, 2019

From the article:
"Why are women still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs? Social processes beyond individual preferences may shape the STEM employment trajectories of new mothers and new fathers differently. Using representative US longitudinal survey data, we followed full-time STEM professionals after the birth or adoption of their first child. We found substantial attrition of new parents; nearly one-half of new mothers and nearly one-quarter of new fathers leave full-time STEM employment after having children. Thus, parenthood is an important driver of gender imbalance in STEM employment, and both mothers and fathers appear to encounter difficulties reconciling caregiving with STEM careers. These findings have implications for the vitality of the US science and engineering workforce. ..."



Women in STEM Climate Report on Gender Issues for Graduate Students at Princeton University
The Princeton Graduate Women in STEM Leadership Council, February 2019

From the report:
Princeton Women in STEM Leadership Council logo"The purpose of this study was to provide a quantitative assessment of gender issues faced by graduate students at Princeton University. Our survey complements and provides quantitative support for a March 2015 survey that solicited personal stories from graduate women in STEM departments at Princeton regarding their experiences within their department climates. ...

"Data were collected via a quantitative survey from a sample of 332 graduate students (192 females, 136 males, 4 other/nonbinary) in collaboration with Professor Susan Fiske (IRB PI) and colleagues at the Center for WorkLife Law. The survey contained a series of questions covering various aspects of graduate students’ experiences atPrinceton, and specifically those that relate to issues of gender, sexual harassment, and discrimination. ..."