I was devastated to see such a tragic loss.
But yes, they absolutely do sweep it under the rug. Anytime someone calls out bad behavior, the comment threads are locked. People who consistently call out bad behavior are banned ("put on the scat list"), and it's expected that you just "scroll on".
Ann was, as far as I could tell, the only one who would create campaigns on awareness.
It has to be one of the worst run Facebook groups on, well, Facebook. There's another group called "You run a Facebook group, not a country, but OK," which pretty much targets the overbearing moderation practices exemplified by that group.
And no, I've never been banned, so you can save that assumption :)
How else would you deal with threads that are constantly off topic? Aside from turn comments off? How else do you deal with someone that keeps whining about the group and how its members act? How its moderated? If you don't like it, leave. ya know? it's exactly how id treat someone that kept complaining... show them the door. Many have left on their own to form different groups.
Anne was a great lady, but to say she was the only one moving the needle or to assume they are hiding things is just bizarre to me.
While you say it's not physics, to me it is because fixing one problem will help the field so (again, to me) separating them seems a mistake.
But that's just one POV.
You may reject the label 'physicist', I'd understand that, but results are results. (Edit: in which case, does the label matter?)
I’m a non-white-male theoretical particle physicist myself and I somehow don’t feel that (dominated by, maybe; full of, absolutely not). Need some stats to back that up.
There were about 95 student attendees. About 5 of those were women and only two of 95, including myself, were non-white. And very amusingly, the other non-white guy was someone I went to high school and university with. Also, he was on ATLAS and not strictly a theorist as such! If we discount myself on the grounds of being a phenomenologist, that probably makes things even worse.
This is not to get mired into a debate about inclusion in STEM, but it's also worth noting that both me and my other non-white friend (who's background I know because we grew up together, weirdly), were very fortunate to have had quite middle class upbringings too, and hailed from Northwest London.
In fact, I doubt it comes as any surprise for me to say that from my time at undergrad all the way up to completing my PhD, I suspect that the much bigger discriminant for getting into Physics is class more than race (gender is a separate issue here I suppose). I remember this coming up in a talk from someone on the IOP commission to look at inclusion in Physics, although for their online reports I can only find the ones on gender, for anyone interested: http://www.iop.org/education/teacher/support/girls_physics/r...
So I would argue the disparity is more of a socioeconomic access one than a racial one.
81.2% of Astronomers & physicists are Male
84.6% of Astronomers & physicists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.7% of Astronomers & physicists, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation
Are there any guidlines to reduce these dangers, was she walking in a particularly dangerous area?
It's hard to quantify the seriousness of deaths while hiking because we don't know how many hikes there are each day, and there are agencies actively working to downplay and hide the data.