Study Finds Few References to Black Biologists in Leading Textbooks in the Field


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A new study led by researchers at Auburn University in Alabama has found that very few scientists of color are referred to in popular biology textbooks. The research team, which included scholars from Michigan State University, the University of South Alabama, and the University of Konstanz in Germany, performed a demographic analysis by extracting hundreds of human names from common biology textbooks and assessing the binary gender and race of featured scientists. The team discovered that the most common scientists featured in textbooks are White men. They discovered that overall, very few sc...