A new report finds that black biomedical scientists are 10 percentage points less likely to receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). And earlier this month, a government study found that women scientists in the United States earn about 12% less than men and represent a mere 24% of the workforce in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Why haven’t NIH and National Science Foundation programs that are designed to draw women and minorities into science and equalize their salaries succeeded? Are larger cultural issues holding women and minorities back? And who's responsible for resolving these disparities in science?
Join us for a live chat on this page at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 25 August, to discuss these topics with two experts on the intersections of race, gender and science. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.
Dr. Chad Womack
Dr. Chad Womack—a science educator and technology entrepreneur, researcher, and scholar—is the founder and current president and chair of TBED21 Inc., a technology-based economic development nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering urban centers and underserved communities through science, technology and innovation.
Laure Haak, Ph.D., is the chief science officer at Discovery Logic, a Thomson Reuters business. Haak is an experienced scientific researcher, science writer, science policy analyst, research manager, program evaluator, and strategy officer.