Broadfoot publishes "A Place at the Bench: Women in Biomedical Research"

Marla V. Broadfoot, who received her Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from UNC in 2003, and is a contributing writer at the NC TraCS Institute at UNC, recently published a compilation of articles about women in science commissioned by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

"A Place at the Bench: Women in Biomedical Research" was originally intended to attract young women to careers in science; Broadfoot showed, however, that the shortage of women in scientific fields is not due to a lack of young women entering science, but to those same women leaving their fields when "subtle disadvantages begin to pile up." The articles in the book deal with those disadvantages, which range from the pressures of having children to inherent gender biases in the workplace. Broadfoot interviewed numerous successful female scientists, including Etta Pisano, a former UNC professor and the current Dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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