New parents leave full-time STEM careers
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports that more than 40 percent of women and 23 percent of men leave their full-time STEM careers after having a first child. The findings from this eight-year study highlight a contributing factor to the gender imbalance seen in academia and other STEM sectors and the challenges of balancing a career in STEM and raising a family. Read more here.
NIH investigates allegations of foreign influence at U.S. research institutions
The National Institutes of Health is asking the U.S. inspector general’s office to investigate 12 allegations of foreign influence in U.S.-funded research projects. Allegations include intellectual property theft by foreign states and failure to disclose foreign financial ties by scientists working in the U.S. Read more here.
Scientists in Puerto Rico continue to face challenges from Hurricane Maria
Puerto Ricans are continuing to rebuild the scientific infrastructure damaged by the storm more than 500 days ago. While most labs at the University of Puerto Rico’s campuses have reopened, buildings that have been severely damaged have yet to be rebuilt. Read more here.