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    1. Really? In today’s NYTimes paper is an article about a Nobel-prize winning physicist: “Dr. Perl was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1995 for discovering the tau lepton, a subatomic particle …” . Apparently the policy only applies to female medical doctors.

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  1. I think the policy as written has implicit gender bias. First of all, I doubt academics even know of this policy so will not think to insist upon being called “Dr.” I would guess women would be less inclined to insist upon title since doing so is often perceived as arrogant—this is something we worry about more than men (see Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg). I also wonder if journalists would be more likely to proactively ask men than women about the title they prefer. It is interesting that the physicist was given the Dr. title the other day while the very same day a female scientist friend of mine was quoted and referred to as “Ms.”

    The policy is ridiculous even aside of whether there is gender bias. With the media making a habit of interviewing non-experts on all kinds of topics including science (see nutrition stories in the media especially), and in this day and age where everyone fancies themselves an expert in something, it is very important for readers to know who is an expert/scholar and who is not.

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