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The Madam Next Door
Heather Branstetter, Virginia Military Institute
There’s a small town in Idaho where prostitution was practiced openly—in effect, decriminalized. The practice was tolerated, even embraced, until 1991. Branstetter has been interviewing local residents, discovering who the madams were and what they did to cultivate widespread public acceptance of their work.
Evaluating Workplace Incivility
Dan Davidson and Danylle Kunkel, Radford University
If you’ve ever had a coworker write nasty or demeaning emails, undermine your credibility, or give you the silent treatment, you’ve experienced workplace incivility. We look at how it affects the bottom line and whether it should be included in performance reviews.
Imagining a Scientist Part 1
As part of our ongoing series about STEM education, we ask: what does a scientist look like? Short, tall, black, brown, male or female?
The Double Bind
Shirley Malcom, American Association for the Advancement of Science
We discuss why women and minorities continue to face barriers to entering STEM fields.
Laura Puaca, Christopher Newport University
We also hear about what might be keeping American girls out of laboratories and the WWII history of Edna the Engineer.
Imagining a Scientist Part 2
William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science
In 2009, fewer than 2% of physical science degrees—like physics and chemistry—went to African-Americans. Considering African-Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, these numbers are shockingly low. And they’re getting even lower. We talk to four young scientists about their outreach project.
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