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Study: Asians Underrepresented Among Biomed Prizewinners

June 3, 2022

Asians continue to be “severely” underrepresented among U.S. biomedical research prize awardees, making up fewer than 7 percent of recipients of certain prizes and 0 percent of recipients of some specific honors, according to a new study in Cell. Asian women fare worst of all, the study notes. Co-author Yuh Nung Jan, professor of physiology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of California, San Francisco, told Stat that the findings were “news to me and I suspect a lot of people aren’t aware of this.” He added, “Frankly, the numbers are pretty appalling.” Asian Americans are about 7 percent of the U.S. population but make up 20 percent of biomedical researchers in the U.S., according to Stat.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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