Monday, February 06, 2017

Friday, October 28, 2016

A gloomy day at the #UCDavis Genome Center Halloween Symposium - a model for a #manel #yammm

It is a gloomy day, at least for me, at #UCDavis today.

Yes it is raining and cloudy.  But that is not the gloomy part. I like rain and clouds and we don't get enough of either around here. The issue for me is the Symposium happening today in my building.  Run by the UC Davis Genome Center, which I am a part of.  What is the problem?

Well here is the flier





That is nine presenters.  Eight of which are men. 
  • S. Dinesh-Kumar
  • Brett Phinney
  • Anthony Herren
  • Jessica Franco
  • Jack Cuniff
  • John Yates
  • John Muchena
  • Ilias Tagkopoulos
  • Nuno Bandeira

That comes to 11% female speakers.  Not a good ratio.  But you know this is just one sample right?  It could be a random anomaly, or something else.

So - lets look at last years Halloween symposium.



That is five speakers, all men.

  • Mingcheng Luo UC Davis
  • Chris Streck 10X
  • Marco Blanchette Dovetail
  • Matthew Seetin PacBio
  • Matthew Settles, UC Davis



Four speakers. All male.

2014
  • Bruce Draper UC Davis, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Bruce Conklin, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, UCSF
  • David Segal, UC Davis, Genome Center
  • Dana Carroll, University of Utah, Department of Biochemistry

So over the last three years we have 94% male presenters. It is a better if you go back further. 2013 was 50-50.  2012 was  ~ 70-% male.  2011 was  55:45 or so.  But over the last three years something has devolved.  And no, I will not be attending.  And yes, I have made comments about this, but maybe too few.  

It is so frustrating to keep seeing this happening over and over in academia and science.  And to see it so close to home, well, it is really extraordinarily disappointing. 

I sent the organizers which I think has some great examples of how to run a diverse meeting.

Below are some articles worth looking at on the topic. 


I certainly feel partially responsible for this, because it is in my building and run by my Center.   Now I had nothing to do with this even, but still ...  I will do my best to make sure this does not happen ever again at the UC Davis Genome Center.  But I will not be attending this year's meeting.  




Monday, October 17, 2016

Thanks to all for "Suggestions for 11 year old daughter who wants to learn to code"

I am so thankful to the whole community out there who gave answers to my request for suggestions for my 11 year old daughter who wants to learn to code.



Today we were both home sick and when she said she was bored she then asked if we could try some of the examples people suggested.  And we ended up playing around with Python at Codeacademy and she spent hours on it.  So much fun. See below:


No - #FFS - no - I will not speak at your meeting given the lack of diversity of speakers

So a few days ago I got asked to do a paid speaking engagement for a meeting

Dear Dr. Eisen,

I hope this email finds you well!

We have a client that's interested in you speaking at their Autoimmune Conference in New York on March 24, 2017

Do you have a standard speaking fee/range that I can report back to my client?  If you're able to confirm your availability as well, that would be great!

The audience would be primarily physicians. 

Your consideration is very much appreciated!

Sincerely,

Sounded nice - getting paid to go to New York.  What could go wrong right?. Then I did some Googling to find out about the meeting.  Found it - the Interdisciplinary Autoimmune Summit: http://joinias.com. And, as I do for all meeting invites these days, I looked at their speaker line up.  For this years and previous years.  And well, I was not impressed.




A lot of men.  Men men men and men. So I wrote back


Friday, October 07, 2016

Matt Hahn @3rdreviewer talk at #UCDavis - pen and paper notes

Matt Hahn was at UC Davis giving a talk yesterday.
I did not have my laptop available so took notes with - gasp - a pen and paper.  I thought it was quite a nice talk so am posting my notes here.  More about Matt and his work can be found here: http://www.indiana.edu/~hahnlab/.
















Thursday, October 06, 2016

The White Men's Microbiome Congress #YAMMM #Manel #Boycott

So I got this email this morning inviting me to attend a conference: the Second Annual Human Microbiome Congress in San Diego. (also called the North American Microbiome Congress).



And it struck me that all the featured speakers were men.




 Great.  So I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt, hoping that maybe if I looked at the rest of the speakers it would be better.

So I had to register on some web site to download the full agenda for the meeting.  And there were the featured speakers, rippling with diversity



So then I went to scroll through the document looking for the other speakers.

OMFG - what a joke.