Sheeva Azma

From Oklahoma City, Okla., Sheeva obtained a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. She is the Founder and Lead Researcher/Writer at Fancy Comma, LLC. Her work as a science writer involves explaining the complexities of science to people in easy-to-understand terms; her bylines include LifeWire and The Motley Fool. An avid runner, Sheeva has run three marathons: Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

Scientists Push Back Against Retracted Nature Communications Study on Women PIs

gender equality in academia
A 2018 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine revealed that sexism pervades all of academic science. In 2015, the Harvard Business Review published five biases pushing women out of STEM — including having to prove themselves repeatedly; walking a “tightrope” between masculinity and femininity; being perceived as incompetent after having children; a tug-of-war with other women; and isolation. Women deal with these biases in a number of ways, including using “whisper networks'' as a way to avoid toxic principal investigators (PIs) or laboratory directors.