Driving Force

Weighing the paucity of racial and gender diversity between two academies--one governing movies, the other, science.

Last week, scientists and science fans from across the world cheered in unison when the European Space Agency successfully landed a robot on a comet. This was an amazing, unifying moment for the scientific community. And then we saw the shirt.

A new study on sexual harassment and assault while conducting fieldwork raises important questions about how to best promote safe fieldwork experiences for scientists—particularly trainees.

Graduation rates of Hispanic and black computer-science majors is twice the fraction of staff they represent in the tech industry. What does this tell us?

A new study that looks at why black women complete STEM programs at a lower rate than white women raises important questions.

A new index of college-access measures gives a needed injection of socioeconomics into the race for rankings.

Women now earn more than half the Ph.D.s awarded in the life sciences but hold only 18 percent of full professorships in these fields. What can be done to fix this critical problem?

A stronger, fairer U.S. tech workforce will require political action as much as a reforms in hiring policies.

Bias-ridden hiring and promotion demographics continue to plague the tech sector. Is this the future of STEM?

Will U.S. affirmative-action strategies based on class and place deepen intergenerational racial equality and hasten the outmigration from STEM disciplines?