The Intel Science Talent Search has announced the names of 300 students who’ve qualified as semifinalists. The 40 finalists will be announced on Jan. 27. As usual, many are Indo- and Asian-Americans. I counted five Chens and six Lins. In addition, 46 percent of semifinalists are female. That’s nothing new. In 2007, the breakdown was 50-50.
Update: Bias doesn’t explain the dearth of women in physics and engineering (or the over-representation of women in psychology and veterinary medicine) writes Christina Hoff Sommers, the author of The Science on Women and Science, on a WashPost blog.
In The Mathematics of Sex: How Biology and Society Conspire to Limit Talented Women and Girls, Cornell University psychologists Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams “demonstrate that the research at the heart of the gender bias movement is riddled with fallacies and inconsistencies,” Sommers writes.