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Stories by Janet D. Stemwedel

The Sciences

Professional communities, barriers to inclusion, and the value of a posse.

Last week, I wrote a post about an incident connected to a professional conference. A male conference-goer wrote a column attempting to offer praise for a panel featuring four female conference-goers but managed to package this praise in a way that reinforced sexist assumptions about the value women colleagues add to a professional community.The women panelists communicated directly with the male commentator about his problematic framing...

July 9, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel
The Sciences

Addressing (unintended) disrespect in your professional community.

I am a believer in the power of the professional conference. Getting people in the same room to share ideas, experiences, and challenges is one of the best ways to build a sense of community, to break down geographical and generational barriers, to energize people and remind them what they love about what they're doing.Sometimes, though, interactions flowing from a professional conference have a way of reinforcing barriers...

July 3, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel
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