Christianne M. Corbett, Stanford University
Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering
As diverse as the population is in the United States, this diversity has yet to be represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In recent years, academia, government laboratories, and industry have identified the value of a diverse workforce and have done some education on explicit bias, for example, against women and underrepresented minorities; however, implicit bias—that is, indeliberate bias—still persists. At the Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast, Christianne M. Corbett of Stanford University presented results of numerous studies conducted in more recent years to understand how implicit bias occurs. With acknowledgement of implicit bias, laboratories can then take action to change the research environment that will bring in more women and members of other underrepresented groups in order to strengthen their workforce. Read more about Corbett’s presentation, plus links to some of the studies, in MRS Meeting Scene blogger John Robertson’s report. This event was sponsored in part by MilliporeSigma (Sigma-Aldrich Materials Science).