Publication and Citation Rates of Female Earthquake Engineers
There are two companion articles up in Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering on publication rates and citation statistics in that field. The first analyzes the careers of 51 highly esteemed senior researchers and examines citation patterns in earthquake engineering generally, while the second looks specifically at female faculty (links only good if your institution has shelled out to every scientist’s favorite weaponsmongering publisher).
What’s notable about the second article is that there are so few female faculty in earthquake engineering that it is impossible to draw meaningful conclusions about them without being very, very picky about how one selects a male peer group. Since Trifunac instead compared them to the group of accomplished senior faculty from his first paper and to the male average (which is demographically quite different from the female faculty sample), he’s not able to say much other than that the best female faculty are able to compete with the best male faculty.
I can’t remember if I’ve said this before, but if I haven’t, it was a terrible oversight: the truly talented can usually overcome adversity, but when giftless female hacks regularly rise to the same level of incompetence as giftless male hacks, then we will have made real progress.