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    Arizona initiative offers support to female doctoral students.

    An interactive website aims to halt attrition among female doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and maths. Launched on 4 November by Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, CareerWISE ( gives coaching and support to help women overcome hostile environments and balance priorities. Content includes videos of female scientists who have cleared graduate-school hurdles. The site seeks to help women develop coping strategies, says project leader Bianca Bernstein, an ASU psychologist. Her research on discrimination among female graduate students who felt unable to seek support from colleagues helped inspire the site. Two National Science Foundation grants totalling US$3.2 million funded the site.

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    Website to help women. Nature 468, 337 (2010) doi:10.1038/nj7321-337b

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