Berkeley Lab

Gender in STEM: Trends, Paradoxes and Job Talks – September 24, 2019

Molecular Foundry DEI Seminar
Pamela Cosman, University of CA, San Diego

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 11:00-12:00PM

Seminar Recording (LDAP required)

The under-representation of women in STEM fields has received considerable attention. The gender patterns of STEM participation are hugely different across different countries, with some very surprising patterns. Participation trends over time as well as math test performance over socioeconomic levels also show some counter-intuitive patterns. These surprising data offer insights into current U.S. conditions. This talk will also look at gender patterns in recognitions and awards. Turning to my own recent research, I will include results on patterns of questions and interruptions during faculty candidate job talks, and a study of differences in the ways speakers are introduced for technical talks. I will end with some practical suggestions.

BIO: Pamela C. Cosman is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and inaugural holder of the Dr. John and Felia Proakis Chancellor Faculty Fellowship at UC San Diego and a Fellow of the IEEE. She has published over 250 papers on image/video processing and wireless communications, as well as one children’s book (The Secret Code Menace, Ransom, UK) that introduces error correction coding and other wireless communications concepts through a fictional story. In addition to her engineering research, Prof. Cosman serves as Co-Director of the Center for Research on Gender in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (CRG-STEMM). Through CRG-STEMM, she conducts basic social science research on biases in faculty hiring, experiences of under-represented minority graduate students, and gender effects in career recommendations. For this work, she was awarded the UCSD Affirmative Action and Diversity Award (2016), the Athena Pinnacle Award (2017), and the National Diversity Award of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (2018).