Women in life sciences still lag in compensation, advancement

first_imgWomen conducting research in the life sciences continue to receive lower levels of compensation than their male counterparts, even at the upper levels of academic and professional accomplishment, according to a study conducted by the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.In their report in the April issue of Academic Medicine, the research team also finds differences in the roles female faculty members take as they advance in their careers.“The gender gap in pay has been well documented, but what was not understood was whether academic accomplishments could overcome the pay gap,” says Catherine DesRoches, Dr.Ph., of the Mongan Institute, who led the study. “Our study found that, across the board, men are being paid substantially more than equally qualified and accomplished women at academic medical centers.”Previous studies that documented disparities in compensation and academic rank between male and female faculty members did not examine differences in professional activities, such as leadership positions held. The current study was designed to investigate whether professional activities differ by gender, whether professional productivity — reflected by scientific papers published — continued to vary, and if differences in salary would persist after accounting for professional activities.In 2007 the researchers surveyed more than 3,000 randomly selected investigators from life science departments at the top 50 academic medical centers receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 2003 or 2004. The anonymous surveys included questions about respondents’ professional activities — such as leadership positions at their universities, on federal panels or at scientific journals — total and recent numbers of publications and the journals they appeared in; the numbers of hours spent on all professional, scientific and clinical activities; and total compensation.The results indicated that women who reached the rank of full professor worked significantly more hours per week than men of the same rank, a difference primarily accounted for by more time spent in administrative and other professional tasks and not patient care, teaching or research. There was no significant difference in hours worked among associate professors, but women at the assistant professor level worked fewer hours overall, primarily spending less time doing research.Even after controlling for the differences in academic ranking, research productivity and other personal characteristics, women earned from $6,000 to $15,000 less per year than men of similar levels of accomplishment. “These differences may seem modest,” DesRoches says, “but over a 30-year career, an average female faculty member with a Ph.D. would earn almost $215,000 less that a comparable male. If that deficit were invested in a retirement account earning 6 percent per year, the difference would grow to almost $700,000 over a career. For department of medicine faculty, that difference could be almost twice as great.”While the study did not investigate reasons underlying the differences found by the survey, the researchers theorize that the greater number of professional responsibilities taken on by female full professors could result from organization’s efforts to improve the diversity of their department and committee leadership. Salary discrepancies could result from continuing discriminatory practices or from the choices women make regarding specialties.“Women working in the life sciences should not assume they are being paid as much as equally qualified men, and academic institutions should look hard at their compensation and advancement policies and their cultures,” says Eric G. Campbell, principal investigator of the study.  “In the end, I suspect major systemic changes will be needed if we ever hope to achieve the ideal of equal pay for equal work in academic medicine.” Campbell is an associate professor of Medicine and DesRoches an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.Co-authors of the Academic Medicine report – supported by a grant from the Human Genome Project of the National Institutes of Health – are Sowmya Rao and Lisa Iezzoni of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at MGH and Darren Zinner of Brandeis University.last_img read more

Roslyn Hit-and-run Driver Leaves Man Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 51-year-old man was struck and seriously wounded by a hit-and-run driver in Roslyn on Monday evening, Nassau County police said.The victim was crossing Northern Boulevard when he was struck by an eastbound navy blue, late model Mercedes Benz driven by a suspect who continued without stopping shortly after 6 p.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a head injury. The vehicle sustained front end damage and is missing the driver side view mirror.Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding the above incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Three Es of a strong brand

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every credit union wants a strong brand. And branding is often an initiative on many strategic plans. However, wanting a strong band and actually having a strong brand are two completely different things.So how do you know if you have a strong brand? You can give it a “Three E” test. On a scale of one (low) to five (high), grade your financial institution in the following areas:Emotion—According to a recent survey from Customer Thermometer, 64% of women and 68% of men have felt an emotional connection with a brand or business. The survey noted, “…it pays to develop an emotional bond.” So how do you do that with a checking account or a loan? You don’t. You need to make sure your brand is not about your products or services, but rather about how the consumer feels when doing business with you. The more emotion you inspire in consumers, the stronger brand you have.Engagement—The financial services industry is a relationship-based business. As a recent CU Times article noted, “Is your staff developing personal relationships with members? Do your members know you care?” Your employees need to stop selling and start connecting. If they engage with consumers, the sales will come (in fact, we have found that engagement training is much more effective than traditional sales and service training for our clients). The more you engage with consumers, the stronger brand you have. continue reading »last_img read more

New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez in baseball doping ban

first_imgBaseball’s highest paid star, Alex Rodriguez, has said he is fighting for his life as he and 12 other players are suspended in a doping scandal.Major League Baseball banned the New York Yankees slugger for 211 games until the end of the 2014 season.The 38-year-old is one of a few players who have been linked to a closed Florida clinic which allegedly supplied banned performing-enhancing drugs.Rodriguez, who is popularly known as A-Rod, said he would appeal the penalty.He can continue playing while his challenge is being heard.last_img

Nuñez backs redistricting reform

first_img“Turning redistricting powers over to a commission that is comprised of partisan political appointees, including former lawmakers and political insiders, will do nothing to restore a healthy democracy in California,” said Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno. “After reading their plan, I must ask the question: Why are Democrats fighting so hard to prevent hard-working citizens from drawing district lines?” The criticism, said Nuñez’s spokesman Steve Maviglio, shows that Republicans just want to pick up more seats, rather than seek good government reform. “Republicans don’t want redistricting reform,” he said, “they want a Tom DeLay remapping of the state for political gain.” [email protected] (916) 441-2101 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Risking the wrath of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow an independent commission to draw state legislative and congressional boundaries. The Los Angeles Democrat also proposed that the Little Hoover Commission, a government watchdog group, take the map-drawing powers from the Legislature, and vowed to move quickly to pass the measure out of the Assembly – with the ultimate goal of placing it on the Feb. 5, 2008, ballot. Reversing himself, Nuñez said he decided to include congressional boundaries to bolster the chances of voters approving the redistricting measure, co-authored by Assemblyman Curren Price, D-Inglewood, the chairman of the elections committee. “At the end of the day, we need an initiative put before voters that will finally pass,” Nuñez said at a Capitol briefing. “It’s going to fail again unless we find a way to … get everybody to agree this is the right thing to do.” Nuñez had previously said he wouldn’t include congressional boundaries to avoid getting into an expensive battle with a well-funded opponent – his own party. Congressional Democrats oppose allowing an independent body to draw congressional district lines, fearing they could lose seats – and potentially control of Congress – while Republican legislatures in states such as Texas and Georgia could continue to draw boundaries that protect their advantages. Nuñez said he hopes to convince Pelosi that the measure won’t allow a “power grab” by Republicans. “If it’s good enough for the state Legislature,” he said, “it ought to be good enough for Congress. … But we do need to be smart about this.” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement, “We haven’t seen all of the specifics of Speaker Nuñez’s proposal. However, Speaker Pelosi has made it clear she supports a national standard.” Republicans assailed the other key component of Nuñez’s proposal, Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1, which would turn over the map-drawing powers to the Little Hoover Commission. The 45-year old commission has a reputation for producing blistering reports critiquing government inefficiency and service. But its appointees are political: Of the nine citizen members who would draw the maps, five are appointed by the governor and the rest by the Senate and Assembly. last_img read more

ESPN screaming head pumps the brakes on the burgeoning legend of Jimmy Garoppolo

first_imgWithin hours of the 49ers’ victory over the Arizona Cardinals, extending their season-opening win streak to 8-0, ESPN provocateur Stephen A. Smith rolled a stink bomb into the Jimmy G Fan Club, closing the windows as he made his way out the door.And why? Because “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman waved some intriguing data and unassailable truisms (as we speak) under Stephen A’s nose.Are you on @maxkellerman or @stephenasmith’s side when it comes to Jimmy G? Franchise guy or just average? …last_img

Kinect-Type Technology Promised for All PCs This Spring

first_imgOne of the companies behind what’s called a key technology inside the XBox Kinect motion-controller says it has struck a deal with PC maker Asus to bring a similar interface to PCs. Matt Rosoff of Business Insider reports this afternoon that the company, PrimeSense, will show off its product called Wavi Xtion at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.“The companies imagine it being used not for games, but for browsing multimedia content and accessing the Internet and social networks–basically, the main things consumers use their PCs for,” Rosoff writes. “There will also be APIs for third-party developers and a Wavi Xtion store where developers can sell motion-controlled apps.” The devices will reportedly work on all PCs, not just computers from Asus.It’s a little surprising that Microsoft didn’t get an exclusive license on the PrimeSense technology, but perhaps that would have required an acquisition one of the companies didn’t want to happen and perhaps there’s more to making Kinect what it is than PrimeSense would have us believe. APIs and an App Store sound quite intriguing, if trendy.The day the Kinect went on sale, we asked leading gaming and wireless analysts about the prospects of it, or something like it, going beyond gaming and into web connected devices around the home. They had varying estimations of the likelihood of that occurring.James McQuivey, Consumer Product Strategy analyst at Forrester, had written two weeks prior that, “Kinect is to multitouch user interfaces what the mouse was to DOS. It is a transformative change in the user experience, the interposition of a new and dramatically natural way to interact — not just with TV, not just with computers — but with every machine that we will conceive of in the future.” (Get Ready for Kinect to Completely Change Our Lives)McQuivey grew even more effusive in December, after smashing his hand through a lightbulb while swinging his arms around playing with his Kinect. “Kinect feels very, very real. When you play it, you have a tendency to lose your sense of space and placement in the real world…What will we call the new experiential medium that will result from natural user interfaces+3D+touch interfaces+augmented reality — technologies which are all conspiring in this decade to alter our lives? This part game, part narrative, part interactive, part video, potentially collaborative, experience-rich medium could, in 2020, be a $10 billion business. More interesting to me, who will be the Shakespeare, Cervantes, or Kurosawa of this new media? Or should I ask who will be the Bell, Edison, or Jobs of this new technology ecosystem?”25 days after its launch, the Kinect was outselling what was the world’s fastest-adopted consumer electronics device in history (the iPad) 2 to 1.A Kinect-type interface for all PCs? That sounds very, very hot – if it can be executed well.Russoff writes that the system will launch in the second quarter of this year. marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#web Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Medha Patkar on ‘satyagraha’ to seek rehabilitation of flood-affected in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgNarmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) founder Medha Patkar has started an indefinite protest over her demand for proper rehabilitation of the flood-affected people in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district and opening of gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in neighbouring Gujarat. Earlier this month, the dam’s backwater level increased following heavy rains, creating a flood-like situation in some parts of the district. Around 100 people living in low-lying areas of Rajghat and Chhota Badda villages of the district were then shifted to safer places. The dam is built on the Narmada river in Gujarat.Ms. Patkar along with five other women sat on the indefinite ‘Narmada Chunauti Satyagraha’ on August 25 at Chhota Badda village, located about 25 km from here, which falls within the dam’s submergence area.“We had apprised the State government about our demands. Relief camps should have been set up at different villages in the area of submergence. The displaced have not been rehabilitated properly so far,” Ms. Patkar told reporters at the protest site. She said the rehabilitation does not mean giving ₹5 lakh to the affected households, and demanded that members of the affected families also be provided livelihood. At least 1,000 residents of the Chhota Badda village are still waiting for proper rehabilitation, she claimed. Meanwhile, the NBA in a statement said since the rehabilitation has yet been not completed, the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam should be opened so that settlements in its catchment area in Madhya Pradesh could be saved. The dam’s water level should not be allowed to exceed beyond 133 metre-mark as Gujarat is no more rain deficient and all its reservoirs have been filled, it said. The dams and reservoirs in Madhya Pradesh have also filled up following heavy rains. The rise in the dam’s water level would further increase the risk of submergence in its catchments areas in Madhya Pradesh.last_img read more

2012 Touch Wine

first_imgTouch Football South Australia’s (TFSA) charity partner, The Hutt Street Centre’s, annual major fundraising event – Touch Wine – is occurring on Sunday, 11 November 2012 at City Touch in Adelaide. Touch Wine is a 40+ team Touch Football tournament involving winery teams from across South Australia and other corporate partners with all proceeds going to the Hutt Street Centre and addressing homelessness in South Australia.Surrounding the tournament is a free public food and wine festival featuring South Australia’s top wine, gourmet food, live music, kids’ entertainment including sports clinics, face painting and the ever popular celebrity Touch Football match. This year’s celebrity match features South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, former Opal, Rachel Sporn, current Port Adelaide Power player, Justin Westhoff, Channel Nine sports presenter, Troy Gray and a host of other South Australian sporting and media identities.Since it was established in 2007, Touch Wine has raised over $500,000 for South Australia’s homeless and continues to get bigger each year. The event was the brain child of UK based internationally acclaimed wine critic, Matthew Jukes, who whilst walking through Adelaide’s parklands noticed a large number of homeless people. Inspired, he came up with the concept and continues to make a special trip to Adelaide annually for the event.TFSA Operations Manager, Tim Wyld is proud TFSA is a key partner in the event. “The issue of homelessness is literally on our doorstep at the very competition venue where Touch Wine is held, so to be able to use our sport as a vehicle to help address this issue presents a unique opportunity and strong synergy with us and Hutt Street (centre),” Wyld saidThe event also features a VIP marquee for those looking for the full experience on the day which includes private fashion shows from Mai Loui, silent auctions, a comprehensive food and drink package and the opportunity to network with leading South Australian business leaders, sporting identities and politicians including South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill.For those in Adelaide, this free public event commences from midday on Sunday – so come down to a transformed City Touch (Park 17) and enjoy a picnic in the park and all-round great day out for the whole family.To read about how Touch Wine has helped to change Stan’s life, please click on the link below:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-South-Australia/162946213729398?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/notes/the-big-picnic-at-touchwine/stans-story/371013959642099 Related Links2012 Touch Winelast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield boss Wagner: We’re very low

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner: We’re very lowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner admits they’re low after defeat to Fulham.Fulham secured three vital points with a 1-0 win against a rival for relegation when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in stoppage time.It left Huddersfield bottom of the Premier League, having lost all seven of this month’s league fixtures, and Wagner said: “Obviously it’s a low point.”Not only because we’ve lost seven in a row but how we lost it. It’s a heavy loss we’ve conceded (at Fulham). We will need for sure a little bit longer than only 30 minutes afterwards to deal with it.”December wasn’t our month, obviously. But for me it’s not possible to think so quickly after the game about the transfer window or the next game. I have to reflect.”It’s very difficult.” last_img read more