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Science  02 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6072, pp. 1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6072.1031

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Matthew Pritchard and Rowena Lohman are accidental subjects in a natural experiment testing one ingredient in Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci's recipe for change (see main text): half-time tenure-track slots that would allow women to be productive researchers while giving them more time to raise a family. The arrangement is so rare at top-tier U.S. research universities that there are no data, only anecdotes. Even so, the couple's experience raises questions about whether the approach can be scaled up.