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1 The 12th Annual Meeting of Women in Cognitive Science Thursday, November 15, 2012 Minneapolis

2  Maximizing Research Time  Research Area  Maintaining Creativity and Productivity  Gender Issues

3 Maximizing Research Time Problem at liberal arts college, e.g., no TAs, profs do all grading, student expectations differ  Discuss strategies with colleagues, e.g., dealing with  Stay out of office at least one day a week  Save best hours for research

4 Research Area Select on basis of significance, interest and opportunity  Establish programmatic research, develop theoretical framework and test  Specialization aids visibility. Resist diversion from program, e.g., student projects  Visibility can be enhanced by working in important but underdeveloped area

5 Maintaining Productivity & Creativity Colleges have smaller faculty (probably no researcher in your field) and fewer research resources ($$)  Leave town on sabbaticals and some summers  Collaborate- Contact researchers doing related work  Apply for extramural research grants  NIH and NSF have special programs for undergraduate institutions

6 Gender Women underrepresented in academic science. Why?  Often blamed on women’s life style choices, namely choice of disproportionate child- and family care  Gender bias still lingers: Moss-Racusin et al. (2012). Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

7 Moss-Racusin et al. (2012)  Application for lab manager position sent national sample of bio, chem. & physics profs  Same application- varied male/female name  Female application rated lower on competence, hireability and how much would mentor  Female offered lower salary  liked female more than male  Sex of Prof had no effect

8 Implications of Gender Issues  Seek out mentoring  Demonstrate competence- in papers, editorial boards, grants.  Watch for gender based salary differences


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