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Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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    The kind of person we should be idolizing as a hero all along, rather than 5 years before her passing.Report

  2. Avatar Pinky
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    I’ve never heard anyone say that women can’t do math. Anyone who thinks that, can’t do math – at least, doesn’t understand statistics. But women, as a group, consistently under-perform against men in math in standardized tests, are under-represented in mathematical fields, and account for only one of the 59 winners of the Fields Medal. I would encourage any female who was interested and capable in a mathematical field to pursue it, but I wouldn’t ever expect to see the gender gap disappear.Report

  3. Avatar Brandon Berg
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    Whenever someone tells me that women can’t do math

    How often does this happen? I’ve literally never heard anyone say this.Report

    • Avatar Philip H
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      you need to get out more. As Pinky notes, women are woefully underrepresented in many mathematical and science fields – and women of color even more critically so. Even in the professional science circle I frequent (as an oceanographer) there is still an anti-woman bias in publication, leadership and career advancement, to say nothing of an entrenched belief that women really aren’t serious about science generally, and heavily computational science at that, if they want to have families and real lives. Its such a prevalent problem that studies of the impacts have appeared recently in peer reviewed journals, and most of the major science and math professional societies have devoted lengthy sessions at professional meetings to addressing this topic for several years now.Report

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