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DPS/EPSC 2016 Plenary on Unconscious Bias by Dr. Patricia Knezek

October 27, 2016

The new DPS sub-committee on Professional Culture and Climate implemented many ideas at the 2016 meeting in Pasadena, some of which were: a plenary talk featured in this post, more prominent displays of the anti-harassment policy at the meeting entrances, a hotline for reporting harassment incidents, and additional questions about the meeting climate on the post-meeting survey.  The meeting survey will be e-mailed to attendees in the near future, please take a moment to fill it out!


knezek_patricia-100x150Dr. Patricia Knezek insightful talk outlines the prevalence and importance of unconscious bias, what it is (and what it is not), demographic data (including some for planetary science by Julie Rathbun and others), and what we can do to mitigate unconscious bias.

Her slides are available here.

If you have not already taken the Harvard Implicit Association Test, it is an interesting way to test your own biases (and not just for gender bias!)

Thanks to Patricia for this talk, and for the members of the DPS Professional Climate and Culture sub-committee for all of your efforts towards making the meeting a comfortable space for all.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2016 4:40 pm

    My first Harvard IAT; 19% of the respondents, including me, got “Your data suggest little or no automatic association between Female and Male with Science and Liberal Arts”. I wonder about the profile of the group of us who completed the test…..

    • October 27, 2016 4:45 pm

      I got the “no automatic association” myself, and I know one other who also got that – but I haven’t tested myself for other types of bias…!! I should do that.

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