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Post by jbuck919 » Mon May 16, 2005 1:24 pm

BOSTON - Harvard University will spend $50 million over the next decade to support initiatives on women scientists and faculty that were recommended Monday by two task forces formed in the wake [of] President Lawrence Summers' comments on female aptitude in science and math.

The recommendations include a senior administrative post overseeing diversity and faculty development — which Summers had previously committed to — as well as better mentoring for faculty and freshmen interested in science, enhanced faculty benefits in areas such as child care, and safe transportation for researchers working in labs late at night.

The recommendations also call for a "faculty development and diversity fund" to partially support appointees who "contribute to diversity," and for mandatory instruction of science graduate students on gender bias before they are allowed to teach.

"The recommendations will receive our most careful consideration," Summers said in a news release, adding Harvard would commit $50 million to supporting them. "We will begin immediately to implement certain of the proposals that are fully developed and to explore those that require further analysis."

Summers announced the creation of the two task forces — one on women at Harvard, one on women in science more generally — in February, at the height of the firestorm over his remarks that innate differences in ability may partly explain why fewer women reach top science jobs. Summers apologized repeatedly for his remarks, though many academics, alumni and students defended him.

On campus, the controversy became part of a more general debate about Summers' leadership style, which supporters call bold but critics say is blunt and imperious.

Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the central body of the university, passed a symbolic no-confidence vote in Summers' leadership in March.

The issue of women at Harvard had been on the university's agenda before the controversy erupted. In the arts and sciences faculty, women received just four of 32 tenure offers last year: Faculty are put forward for tenure by their departments.

However, until the Summers controversy, Harvard had not undertaken the kind of thorough review of gender issues that schools including Duke and MIT have performed, in part because of difficulties bringing together elements of Harvard's various loosely connected schools.

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Post by Ralph » Mon May 16, 2005 1:37 pm

This is a welcome step. The oldest of my neighbor's three daughters was just accepted to Harvard. She's been a political activist for a long time like her mom and I'm sure I'll be hearing about Harvard's progress in joining the 21st Century.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon May 16, 2005 4:59 pm

It's a f**king waste of money.
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Post by Ralph » Mon May 16, 2005 5:09 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:It's a f**king waste of money.
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