In the midst of a global pandemic, some researchers are looking at how “diversity” might be used as a buzz word for biology.
In a new survey, nearly half of those surveyed in the U.S. agreed that scientists should speak out against “dysphoria” and “diversion” in biology.
The results suggest a need for a change in the way science is understood, according to the poll by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The survey was conducted by the Association for Science Education and Research, a nonprofit science education group, and was released Tuesday and Wednesday.
It surveyed nearly 2,500 U.s. adults, including 2,000 who answered questions in person.
The poll also included 2,002 adults who answered online surveys that were conducted between March 15 and April 1.
The poll found that most Americans have a positive view of diversity, though some are wary of it.
The survey found that 76% of those polled agree that “diverse” refers to a group of people who have different characteristics or experiences than the majority.
The majority of those who agree that diversity is a buzz term say it should be used in a broader sense, with the word “disease,” for example, or “distinction” to refer to the difference between a person and a group.
The majority of respondents said “discovery” refers only to the results of a single individual.
The percentage of respondents who say that diversity and the word diversity should be expanded to include topics such as sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression are similar to those who have a negative view of the word.
More than two-thirds of respondents to the survey agreed that “gender identity” should be included in diversity as a word.
In the past, scientists have been quick to call out science for being “disingenuous,” “unrepresentative,” and “inflated,” to name a few.
The term has been used by some scientists to call for a more diverse scientific field.
A number of scientists have criticized the term, saying that they do not feel like scientists are being asked to be inclusive of all people, or to acknowledge that people are diverse in their identities.
But some scientists have said that the term is problematic because it can be used to exclude and marginalize people, such as by excluding them from the study of a disease.
While a majority of Americans have supported diversity, a few have voiced concerns that “Diversity” is a “bad buzzword.”
Some have criticized scientists for trying to create an inclusive field, while others have said they have “dissatisfied” with the term.
The association survey was done after a series of articles in the scientific journal Science in which scientists have called for a “Diverse and Inclusive Future,” which they said is needed to better understand the complex interplay of biology and human societies.