5. (Yet more)
scientists were exposed for sexual harassment.
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In 2015, sexual harassment in science made big headlines when a
Title IX investigation prompted famous astronomer Geoff Marcy
to resign from his professorship at Berkeley. For anyone who
thought Marcy was an anomaly, 2016 sadly proved otherwise:
—Christian Ott, an astrophysics professor at Caltech,
fell in love with his graduate student and
then fired her because of it. He’s
on leave from the school until August 2017.
—Jason Lieb, a molecular biologist at the University of
Chicago, resigned after an investigation found he had made
sexual advances” to graduate students and “engaged in
sexual activity” with a drunk student, according to the New
—Michael Katze, who ran one of the country’s biggest
virus labs at the University of Washington, was found to have
sexually harassed two lab employees. He hired one of them
on the condition that she be his girlfriend, and asked the
other one to do chores for him, including buying drugs and
—Brian Richmond, the curator of human origins at the
American Museum of Natural History,
was accused of sexual misconduct multiple times, according
to Science. One woman, for example, claimed that
Richmond sexually assaulted her in his hotel room after they
had been drinking heavily at a scientific meeting in Italy.
resigned this month, but still maintains that the
encounters were consensual and denies any wrongdoing.
—Miguel Pinto, a visiting researcher at the National
Museum of Natural History,
groped a student at a museum happy hour, according to the
Verge. The student complained to museum administrators,
but to her surprise, they never issued an official report.