At MIT, efforts to recruit and retain female faculty have produced big gains. But now women face another obstacle: the perception that the school's trying too hard to help them.
• A CBS poll shows that Sarah Palin is pretty unpopular. Unsurprisingly, only 7% of Democrats have a positive view of the former governor of Alaska, and 43% of Republicans can say the same.
• NBA Commissioner David Stern says in the next decade women may join the NBA: "I don't want to get into all kinds of arguments with players and coaches about the likelihood, but I really think it's a good possibility."
The state of women in science in the Western world may be less than encouraging, but there's cause for a little celebration elsewhere: 45-year-old rocket scientist Tessy Thomas has just been named project director for an "advanced version" of a medium-range missile defense system in India's Defence Research and…