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'Paradox of power': Women in leadership roles face more sexual harassment than others

IMAGE: Johanna Rickne, Professor of Economics at Stockholm University. Courtesy: Magnus Bergström/Wallenbergstiftelserna A higher status in a company does not insulate against sexual harassment, according to new research. It may even amplify it: According to the study from the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University (SOFI), which examined corporate conditions in three countries, women in senior supervisory positions are

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Co-op programs benefit STEM students more than students from other disciplines

STEM students who participate in co-op programs are more likely to find a permanent job that relates to their field, according to a new study from the C.D. Howe Institute. While students from all disciplines appear to benefit from co-op training, STEM students seem to profit more. Analysis of data from Canada’s National Graduate Survey, government-collected statistical information on Canadian post-secondary students collected

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New study provides insight on how to overcome loneliness

Humans are social creatures, but several studies show an increasing number of people struggles with loneliness. This is especially true for minorities: A 2019 report by the British Red Cross found those from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are at a higher risk because they’re more likely to experience discrimination, feelings of not belonging, and barriers to accessing community

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Impostor syndrome may be more pronounced among first-gen students

The competitive nature of some STEM programs fuel impostor syndrome in academia and this is especially true for first-generation (FG) students, according to a recent paper. A research team led by Elizabeth A. Canning, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University recruited 818 freshman and sophomore students enrolled in university STEM programs.  Participants were asked to

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Study finds 80% of medical students feel a low sense of personal achievement

Nearly 80 per cent of medical students report a low sense of personal achievement, according to a new study. Researchers interviewed 385 medical students to assess their level of burnout, which is defined in the study as having three dimensions: Emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a low sense of personal achievement. “That 80 per cent feel a low sense of achievement

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Male scientists more likely to describe their work as "unprecedented" or "groundbreaking" than females

Thumbnail image edited by We Rep Stem. Scientist photo courtesy of Unsplash/the CDC.  appearing in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. “Citations are often used to gauge a researcher’s influence so may have important implications for career progress,” lead author Marc J. Lerchenmueller and his team said in a statement. “Women remain underrepresented in academic medicine and the life sciences. They

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Rude paper reviews disproportionately harm minority groups

“This author’s status as a trans person has distorted his view of sex beyond the biological reality.” “The first author is a woman. She should be in the kitchen, not writing papers.” “The author’s last name sounds Spanish. I didn’t read the manuscript because I’m sure it’s full of bad English.” These are just a few examples of unprofessional peer

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