August 17, 2017

046 Genetics of Depression; Women and Science

046 Winslow

Talking Biotech Podcast #46 was a lot of fun.  My co-host is the effervescent Kiona Elliott, a wonderful undergraduate student in my lab that not only is studying science, but she’s also studying how to communicate with public audiences.  The main guest is Dr. Ashley Winslow, Director of Neurogenetics at the Orphan Disease Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.  We discuss the results from her recent paper in Nature Genetics that used voluntary public information from 23 and me to identify areas of the genome that may contain genetic markers of clinical depression.

Dr. Winslow also discusses life as a driven woman scientist, and some of the unique challenges she faced in pursuit of her current position.  She also provides excellent guidance for young scientists…  and there’s a bit of a surprise!

Co-hosted by University of Florida undergraduate Kiona Elliott (@kionaelliott)

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6 Comments on 046 Genetics of Depression; Women and Science

  1. I disagree severely with the idea of women being victims in science. Feminists always want women to be victims of something. I made a post about this very topic since the accusation of sexism falls flat on its face when you look at the evidence and is just downright insulting to those in science.

    https://www.facebook.com/1350686451615322/photos/a.1351985611485406.1073741828.1350686451615322/1400067220010578/?type=3

    I study physics, and sexism has never held me back. I am not a victim, and my classmates are not evil chauvinists.

    Also, Kevin, I know you want to be PC, but let’s not act as if it’s an unjustified assumption that women stop working when they have babies. It’s the #1 reason why women leave science, by far. Don’t let ideology trump truth. This article gives an excellent analysis of the topic.

    http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/when-scientists-choose-motherhood

    And did your guest seriously mention the wage gap? To think that someone in science would be statistically illiterate enough to believe that nonsense. Men work longer hours, take fewer (and shorter) vacations, take less time off after having kids, work more overtime, weekends, and nights, tend to be more represented in the upper level positions that pay more.

    Gee, considering all of that, it’s a real mystery why men get paid more. /s

    Feminist propaganda. Anti-fact victimology garbage. 2/10

  2. Diana,

    I’ve never been PC. I don’t ever consider that a positive. I call it as I see it.

    I want to promote women in my field. Selfishly, not for them, but for me. They make me better. I appreciate a diversity of views. That’s how I roll, but also how I improve. Thanks…

    Kevin

  3. Diana, The issue is that men and women are different than just the hardware. We approach questions differently, we have different sensitivities to various issues. It is not so simple, and our most complex problems would benefit from the most wide intellectual services from the widest diversity of experts. Facts don’t care about gender, but the difference sexes have different ways of solving problems. Same is true for race. A diversity of people brings a diversity of approaches.

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