TH33K: Forward Focused Ethics





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Published on Jan 28, 2016

TH33K: Forward Focused Ethics – What is the Role of Scientific Societies in Responding to Harassment and Other Workplace Climate Issues?

Recent high-profile events in the news have raised awareness of the problem of harassment (including sexual harassment) in science and academia. These events have highlighted the need for support mechanisms for the targets of inappropriate behavior, as well as the need for suitable institutional response to deter continued misconduct. This professional misconduct often preferentially targets women, impacting their personal and professional well-being; although men can also be harassment targets. Research confirms the extent of harassment in academic environments and in disciplines with low diversity, where the lack of established support networks can lead to feelings of vulnerability and professional insecurity. Another problem identified by research on harassment is the scarcity of well-defined resources for reporting and responding to inappropriate behavior, and the perceived risk that the victims’ careers may be jeopardized if they speak out. This session will provide information on lessons-learned from recent research on sexual harassment in the scientific community, and discuss examples of institutional and individual responses. This interactive session will seek input from participants on suggested actions for the AGU and other scientific societies in helping to address these issues. Sponsored by AGU, the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), and the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN).

Scientific Discipline: Town Hall

Christine Williams, University of Texas at Austin
Meg Urry, Yale University
Margaret Leinen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Eric Davidson, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory
Blair Schneider, University of Kansas
Erika Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mary Anne Holmes, University of Nebtraska-Lincoln


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