Girls have the same level of interest in science as boys until they hit adolescence.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologists who have studied the phenomenon say stereotyping and friendships may play major roles.

By surveying 444 middle-school students, the sociologists found that girls and boys have similar science comprehension and grades. But when asked about friends, boys and girls were more likely to consider boys as inclined toward science.

“People have this image of a scientist in their mind, and a scientist is a white male, so if you’re asked if your female friend is like that, the go-to answer is going to be no,” said Robin Gauthier, a postdoctoral researcher and the study’s lead author.

The study was published in February in the journal Social Sciences.

Harvard professor to speak at Creighton commencement

Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, will speak at Creighton University’s commencement ceremonies May 13.

Partners in Health is an international social justice and health organization that provides sustainable health care in developing countries.

Farmer is a professor at Harvard University, where he earned his medical degree and his doctorate of philosophy in medical anthropology.

A book by Farmer, “AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame,” was a guiding text on a 2016 Creighton faculty-led Programs Abroad trip to Haiti.

Clayton Anderson will talk, sign books at Wayne State

Astronaut Clayton Anderson will speak in Wayne State College’s Ramsey Theatre at 10 a.m. April 7.

The Nebraska native was a member of the Expedition 15 crew and spent 152 days on the International Space Station, completing three spacewalks.

After the presentation he will sign copies of his book, “The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut,” in the lobby of Ramsey Theatre. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

For information about the presentation or book signing, email Activities@wsc.edu.

Anderson’s appearance is free and open to the public.

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