UC San Diego News Center recently applauded Assistant Professor Elizabeth Villa for acquiring millions of dollars in funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts and NIH Director’s Innovator award in addition to a shared research grant from the NIH and Michael J. Fox Foundation. UCSD News further examined the university‘s trend of having women receive the biggest research grants despite comprising a minority of their faculty. They attribute this to deliberate efforts to reduce gender bias and workplace discrimination as well as to expand upon mentoring and management opportunities for women.
Villa and other female UCSD faculty commented that they believe this culture is, unfortunately, somewhat specific to UCSD because of its relative youth and mindfulness compared to other academic institutions. However, since UCSD is already reaping benefits from enhanced diversity, perhaps other campuses will take notice and follow suit.