12 May 2010
Today I was searching for an email from a collaborator/advisor in my gmail account. I typed in her last name, "Lastname" (okay, it's not actually Lastname), and then realized that i was on google buzz so it searched that instead of my inbox. There were several stories linking to a press release about an exciting science result and then there was a blog entry talking about it. I took the time to read it because I was interested in how the public digests this information, as it's the same field that I'm in. First of all he didn't understand *something*, but what bothered me was something else. I noticed that the (male) blogger referred to my collabordvisor as "Ms. Lastname" and "Miss Firstname". Note, she most definitely has a PhD. What I wonder is if it were a male scientist who had made the discovery had the press release, would he have referred to him as Mr. Lastname? Or Mister Firstname? I find that highly unlikely.