Anne

Anne E. Lincoln, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

lincoln@smu.edu

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Policymakers are concerned that the United States is falling behind other nations in the production of scientists and science-literate citizens. My current project, funded for three years by the National Science Foundation, examines institutional and cultural pathways and barriers to women and men in science fields, with special emphasis on their undergraduate experiences in science. In 2009, we received funding to extend the project an additional year ($55,154).

2007-2010. Perceptions of Women in Academic Science. National Science Foundation $299,334 (with Elaine Howard Ecklund, Rice University)

In November 2008, we surveyed 2,500 of the nation's top scientists. During 2009 and 2010, we are conducting face-to-face in-depth interviews with a subset of these scientists.

Organizational Demography and Microeconomic Processes: Promotions, Rewards and Incentives
One thing that affects retention of scientists is recognition for their work. Why do men scientists receive so many more professional awards and prizes than women? Do men just "do" better science? There must be more to this than merit - a woman discovered radium, and women have invented numerous important items like the refrigerator, the car windshield wiper, and Kevlar.

2009-2012. Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in Disciplinary Societies. National Science Foundation $796,834 (with the Association for Women in Science)

My research on physics awards finds that chances of a woman winning a physics award doubles for each woman that is on a prize selection committee. However, it turns out that the gender of the committee chair is more important to the evaluation process: women are 65 percent less likely than men to win an award if the selection committee chair is a man, regardless of the number of women on the committee. Put another way, men are nearly three times more likely to win a prize from a male-chaired committee than from a committee with a female chair.

Lincoln, Anne E., Stephanie Pincus, and Vanessa Schick. 2008. Evaluating Science or Evaluating Gender? American Physical Society News