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Researchers need to examine data on gender and racial diversity in the sciences just as they would any other dataset, writes Pennsylvania State University's Kathleen Grogan at Nature Ecology & Evolution.

"This same data-driven approach that guides our research should be applied to maximize the innovation and productivity of our scientific and academic community," she says. "What data we have are stark."

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