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Freezing out harassment in remote research environments

Image: National Snow and Ice Data Center [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr


US funders and agencies forced to confront an inconvenient truth

In the last year the problem of harassment in isolated research environments has caught the US scientific community’s attention and garnered considerable mainstream interest thanks to two publications.

The first was an article on the Buzzfeed News website in December 2021, which carried the testimony of 16 female scientists who had suffered sexual harassment and assault at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, a research station in Panama.

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