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Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

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STEM Fields Lack Diversity

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Esi Edugyan's Washington Black becomes an apprentice to a man of science and cultivates a far-reaching understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts – something that would never have been expected of a child born into slavery. He contributes his great mind to the aeronautical pursuits of his teacher as well as to the idea of an aquarium for the people of London. (See more about the Publica Aquaria)

Benjamin BannekerNobody would be surprised to learn that, until very recently, science was the realm of the white male. Even now, STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) struggle to diversify. Yet it is clear that diversity is key to a robust and effective world of science. The most basic example of a lack of diversity, according to an article in Nature: International Journal of Science, is the fact that much of the tissue used in screening drugs and medical therapies in the Western world comes from white subjects. This makes no sense given that a variance in ...

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