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Cross-Post: Task Force Recommendations Outline Changes Needed to Increase African American Physics and Astronomy Students

8 Jan 2020, 06:44 UTC
Cross-Post: Task Force Recommendations Outline Changes Needed to Increase African American Physics and Astronomy Students
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Gathering of African American women physicists; Credit: Jami Valentine Miller There have been fewer than 100 PhDs in physics granted to African-American women as tracked by the AAWIP. Such depressing statistics require that physics and astronomy communities work to understand and change systemic barriers to African Americans succeeding in these fields. The National Task Force to Elevate African American representation in Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy (TEAM-UP) is working towards this goal and below we cross-post their January 5th press release made at the American Astronomical Society meeting. Press Release: WASHINGTON, January 5, 2020 -- Due to long-term and systemic issues leading to the consistent exclusion of African Americans in physics and astronomy, a task force is recommending sweeping changes and calling for awareness into the number and experiences of African American students studying the fields. The National Task Force to Elevate African American representation in Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy, known as TEAM-UP, was chartered and funded by the American Institute of Physics to examine the persistent underrepresentation of African Americans in physics and astronomy in the U.S. Report Summary Download https://www.aip.org/sites/default/files/aipcorp/files/teamup-preview.pdf Full Summary Download https://www.aip.org/sites/default/files/aipcorp/files/teamup-full-report.pdf In its report, “The Time Is Now: Systemic Changes to Increase African Americans with Bachelor’s ...

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