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NIH director will no longer participate in all-male panels

In this image, Collins is sitting in a chair wearing a suit.
Collins speaks at a panel during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference on April 29, 2019. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, will no longer participate in all-male speaking panels, per a statement released on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Majority or all-male panels, or "manels," have received some public criticism in recent years for not incorporating women's voices and professional experiences, or for not considering those experiences as valuable as men's. From 2013 to 2018, "men outnumbered women 2 to 1 as event speakers," NPR reports.

First female Infantry Division commander will serve in U.S. military

Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager, a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, will become the first woman to command a U.S. Army Infantry Division later this month, ABC reports.

The backdrop: Last year, then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said "the jury is still out" on whether a 2015 U.S. military policy allowing women to serve in traditionally all-male combat roles was been successful, since too few women had participated.