Did you miss the Women in Entomology symposium at the 2011 ESA Annual Meeting in Reno?  If so,  you can now enjoy the symposium online at:


For each presentation, you can see the slides accompanied by the voice of the speaker.  


Also, another way to experience the symposium is in the Winter 2011 issue of  American Entomologist, pages 201-221.  The articles are open access and available for free online at: http://esa.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/esa/ae/2011/00000057/00000004


To follow up on the ideas generated in the symposium, we are working with ESA to create a stronger Women in Entomology presence on the main ESA web site.  I am trying to develop a basic design idea for ESA in the coming weeks.  One site I am using for ideas is the Women in Physics page through the American Physical Society: http://www.aps.org/programs/women/index.cfm.  If you have any suggestions or ideas, please let me know.











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  • Holly Menninger drew my attention on Facebook to this new article in the Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Next Step for Female Scientists.  It talks about concrete steps, announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, which the National Science Foundation will be implementing over the next 10 years to help scientists balance academic research careers (over which NSF has funding) with their personal lives.  It dovetails with the results of this symposium, even though funding agencies are only part of the equation and culture that will need to shift for this to succeed.

    Sigma Xi also featured an article in the American ScientistWhen Scientists Choose Motherhood, which also echoes the findings in this symposium.  Pointing to progress made in some areas traditionally viewed as barriers to participation by women, and suggesting a new focus on resolving the conflict between the biological and tenure clocks.

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