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Carrie Glenney: Why lactation rooms matter

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Edited to add: This post does not mean to imply that the University of Washington is not meeting the legal requirements for providing lactation facilities. There are 6 buildings on campus that provide lactation facilities.

A lack of access to lactation rooms might be a widespread issue for women in academia. As demonstrated in the Biology Department at University of Washington, it can also be a relatively simple problem to solve. Ensuring lactation room access for all women in academia would send a very important message: we support you.

Although women make up more than 50% of science PhDs earned, they are more likely than men to leave the academic sciences at every stage on the way to obtaining a tenured position at a college or university. A study by Marc Goulden, Karie Frasch, and Mary Ann Mason suggests that becoming a mom may be one major determinant of this trend: married mothers with young children are less likely than both single and married women without young children, and …

Grad publication: Camilla Crifò

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Plant fossils consist mostly of isolated organs that are poorly informative of plant life form and ecosystem structure. Therefore, questions like “when did the first Neotropical forest originated?” are still debated. We used leaf vein density (a trait visible on leaf compressions) as a tool to reconstruct the occurrence of stratified forests with a canopy dominated by angiosperms. In fact, this trait (similarly to others) is particularly variable in flowering plants, whereas it is scarcely plastic in all other plant groups. Leaf physiological traits are know to vary within a forest depending on the strata where a leaf is located, reflecting ecological adaptation to different microenvironments. The main trigger of these variations is light availability, especially in Neotropical forest, where no other factor is limiting plant growth.

Leaf vein density is positively correlated with conductance and water vapor; increasing vein density allows more efficient transpiration. Previous studi…