NSF’s uphill road to making prestigious early career award more diverse

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Increasing diversity within academic science has been a priority for France Córdova since she became director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2014. Within a year she had launched an initiative, called INCLUDES, that challenges universities to do a better job of attracting women and minorities into the field. Now, Córdova has turned her attention inward in hopes of improving the dismal track record of NSF’s most prestigious award for young scientists. Only five women have won NSF’s annual Alan T. Waterman Award in its 41-year history, and no woman of color has ever been selected....If only it were that easy, says Kim Cobb, a paleoclimate researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and one of six university ADVANCE professors with a remit to improve gender equity. Cobb is a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 

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College of Sciences, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, kim cobb, ADVANCE, National Science Foundation, France Cordova, Alan T. Waterman Award, NSF, gender equality
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  • Created On: Apr 28, 2017 - 9:57am
  • Last Updated: Apr 28, 2017 - 9:58am