Ian Mulvany

May 13, 2021

The importance of diversity in science

#diversity #gender #science 

I read through this twitter thread just now:


and I was struck by how it contrasted with the picture of high class research that Dominic Cummings presented to a UK Government Select Committee a few weeks back in which he effectively said that the direction of important breakthrough work should be left to known experts - in effect middle class white men. 

While this is wrong, I think it is helpful to have the stories of those whose greater contributions have been lost to us, so that we can carry those stories with us, as a way to counterbalance the normative narrative. 

Margret Melhase is a great, but sad, example - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Melhase 

About Ian Mulvany

Hi, I'm Ian - I work on academic publishing systems. You can find out more about me at mulvany.net. I'm always interested in engaging with folk on these topics, if you have made your way here don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything you want to share, discuss, or ask for help with!