Inspiration Woman Profile: Paula Stephan

The Inspirational Woman of the month is Paula Stephan, a Professor of Economics at Georgia State University who was named the first ever Science Career’s Person of the Year.  Dr. Stephan’s research focuses on how economic policies influence many aspects of science, often in negative ways.  In her recent editorial in Nature, Dr. Stephan argues that research institutions and individual scientists are influenced by bad financial incentives that encourage bad choices, such as funding graduate students using grants that do not take into account the academic or career outcome of the graduate students.  These “perverse” incentives harm individual scientists, as well as society as a whole.  This week, we will discuss Paula Stephan’s work, focusing on how it ties into the broader topic of whether women scientists “Can have it all.”

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