(Reuters Health) - Female researchers may be less successful at winning grant funding than their male counterparts with similar experience and qualifications at least in part because of gender bias among reviewers, a Canadian study suggests.In theory, the goal of using peer reviewers to assess grant applications is to have experts in that field award funding based on the merits of the project and the qualifications of the applicants. But in practice, the study found that females tended to focus on research areas that aren’t prioritized by grant funders and get assessed by less experienced reviewers who reject more projects."We know that female academics are less likely to be promoted to leadership positions within universities and that they are less likely to receive research funding," said lead study author Robyn Tamblyn of McGill University in Montreal."The question has been whether these differences are due to differences in the quality of the applicants," Tamblyn said by … [Read more...] about Gender bias in peer review of research grants may penalize women
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It’s Thursday night and Tel Aviv is hopping. Diners are lining up outside of Port Said restaurant; the sidewalk is filled with drinkers. It’s a similar story nearby at Santa Katarina. If you haven’t booked a table, good luck. Across town at the Salon, it’s even more lively. The dining room is jammed and the terrace is packed with people smoking, chatting on their phones or waiting for a table. Many are doing all three. Despite the specter of confrontation as Iran entrenches itself near Israel's border with Syria, Israelis are partying like they're on top of the world. And with good reason. Tourism is booming—the number of visitors last year soared 22 percent to a record and is rising even more quickly in 2018. The economy is healthy, unemployment is low and inflation almost non-existent. Israel has one of the most exciting dining scenes in the world, and it is just starting to be discovered as a food destination like New York … [Read more...] about An Ottolenghi guide to eating in Israel, the new food hotspot
By Karon Liu Food Writer Tues., April 17, 2018 Even though Buca pasta maker David Marcelli has been making pasta his entire life, there is one pasta that still eludes him. Su filindeu, or “Threads of God”, is dubbed the world’s rarest pasta and is made by hand-pulling dough into 256 thread-thin strands then layered to resemble a delicate sheet of cheesecloth. Only three women on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia know how to make it, but only one — Paola Abraini — is currently making it. Once she retires — she is in her 60s — that’s it for the pasta. Chef Jamie Oliver visited the island in 2016 to try to make it, and pasta conglomerate Barilla has tried to duplicate it with a machine. Both were unsuccessful. Undeterred, for the past few years Marcelli has been teaching himself to make su filindeu at the King West restaurant while wowing diners with other kinds. He is perfecting his own as well as making pastas … [Read more...] about Artisans propel Toronto renaissance in handmade, fresh pasta
By Peter Holley The Washington Post Fri., April 6, 2018 They have fleets with hundreds of thousands of vehicles and command multibillion-dollar streams of revenue. But in the rapidly shifting transportation landscape, even the Goliaths of the rental car industry — some of the best-known brands in the world — worry about being left behind. That may explain why some of the largest rental car companies have spent several years waging a quiet legislative war against start-ups led by a company called Turo that are trying to change the way people rent and own vehicles. Turo is a peer-to-peer car-sharing company — think Airbnb for cars. Like Uber vs. the taxi industry, this fight is a clash between an old-school business model and a modern technology platform inspired by the sharing economy. The traditional model is run by hulking corporate brands that promise safety and predictability. At any airport in the land, for instance, a customer is assured he will … [Read more...] about Airbnb for cars is here — and the rental car giants are not happy.
MANILA - The Philippines will reach upper middle income status "much earlier" than 2022 as programmed, with reforms laid out to drive faster growth in the economy, officials said Tuesday. Gross national income per capita, which reflects purchasing power, grew 6.7 percent in 2017, overshooting the 2.5-percent target. Food inflation for the year was "within target" despite picking up to 3.7 percent from 2.6 percent in the previous year, said National Economic Development Authority officer in charge Rosemarie Edillon. The Philippines can become a "high income" country by 2040 as programmed, she said. PH economy keeps Asia lead with 'solid' 2017 growth ANALYSIS: Does GDP growth mean better living standards? However, there was a net loss of 650,000 jobs last year, as the youth stayed in school to meet the expanded 12-year basic education program, Edillon said. The government's conditional cash transfer program, which requires recipients to keep their children in school, also reduced the … [Read more...] about News Philippines can meet income status goals