Science Online ‘09 – Race in Science

Saturday, February 7, 2009
By Ms Baker

daniellelee

by Brandon

I had the opportunity to attend a session at Science Online ‘09 titled “Race in Science”. It was not what I expected, but was nonetheless extremely interesting. The goal behind one of its central ideas was to change the average image in a person’s mind as to what a scientist looks like.  In other words, Danielle Lee and AcmeGirl, the discussion moderators were basically stating how if you were to ask a child to draw a scientist, most would draw a “white” male. I put white in parenthesis due to our previous discussion in class about the nonexistence of race and how there is no gene for it.

So, in essence, the goal of this session was to find viable solutions in regards to changing the average perception of what a scientist looks like in person’s minds starting in childhood. It is important that we do not subvert or discredit the significant accomplishments of scientist who come from various ethnic backgrounds.

“Perhaps, we can update text books and include recent accomplishments of a more diverse array of scientist and their contributions to the industry”, said one of the participants.

How do you think we can change the common view of what a Scientist looks like?  Why do you think people commonly see a Scientist as an “Einstein looking white male?”  Who should the blame be attributed to? (I.e. parents, teachers, school systems, etc.).

One Response to “Science Online ‘09 – Race in Science”

  1. Teacher

    I have to agree. The old white guy does dominate! I do think text books are doing a better job of representing the various groups of people and their achievements. As I was watching the new show about the parks “America’s Best Idea” I was happy to see that a lot of people from different backgrounds and different ethnicities had a role to play. Okay the old white guy was a major player but then they had the power reins.

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