1.17.2005

From today's Boston Globe:
The president of Harvard University, Lawrence H. Summers, sparked an uproar at an academic conference Friday when he said that innate differences between men and women might be one reason fewer women succeed in science and math careers. Summers also questioned how much of a role discrimination plays in the dearth of female professors in science and engineering at elite universities.

Nancy Hopkins, a biologist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, walked out on Summers' talk, saying later that if she hadn't left, ''I would've either blacked out or thrown up."...

...''Here was this economist lecturing pompously [to] this room full of the country's most accomplished scholars on women's issues in science and engineering, and he kept saying things we had refuted in the first half of the day," said [Denise D.] Denton, the outgoing dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. Next month, Denton will become the new head of UC Santa Cruz.
My two cents and a penny's worth of spare change? 1. Nancy and Denise: what Cupcakes these two are, and they don't even know it! 2. I would say that Summers can go to hell but I presume he already lives in Cambridge. 3. Parents of Harvard students, you really have to ask yourselves: WHAT is your children learning? Harvard students: What exactly are you paying for?

It certainly sounds like some junk science to me.

xoxo
Lauren
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