Nominees for a science award were all white men. Nobody won

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'Five of the nation’s top ice scientists found themselves in a conundrum.

They’d been tasked with a formidable job: reviewing candidates for the American Geophysical Union’s fellows program, the most prestigious award given by the world’s largest earth and space science society. But when the group looked at its list of candidates, all nominated by peers, it spotted a problem.

Every nominee on the list was a white man.

“That was kind of a bit of a showstopper for me,” said Helen Fricker, a glaciologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and one of the five committee members.

The AGU fellows program, established nearly 60 years ago, recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to their fields through scientific innovation, breakthroughs and discoveries. It’s a high honor. Fellows often serve as “external experts, capable of advising government agencies and other organizations outside the sciences upon request,” according to AGU.

The selection process this past spring was an arduous, careful operation from beginning to end.

Candidates, typically middle- or senior-level scientists, are first nominated by peers. The nominees are divided into groups with 20 or 30 names, and then organized by scientific disciplines within AGU — atmospheric sciences, ocean sciences, planetary sciences and so on.'

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This kind of thing is incredibly sexist. The trouble is, it is invisible as such to most of the world. Not so long ago, society was changing (ostensibly for the better) in not condoning discrimination based on skin colour or sex. Back in the 1980s/90s Any racism or sexism was being quashed.

Is society now to accept that racism and sexism are, after all, perfectly acceptable? Helen Fricker should be removed from her position.

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So the committee was so biased against white males, it couldn't tolerate a winner? There's an example of merit based science. But it is climate science, the discipline with the same approach to science as Pope Sixtus V.

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