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My response to ‘Bothered’ from the Science Magazine Career Advice Section

2 Jun 2015, 19:00 UTC
My response to ‘Bothered’ from the Science Magazine Career Advice Section
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On June 1st, a postdoctoral fellow wrote in to Science Magazine’s Career Advice Editor to ask for help with an issue she is having in her lab. Her advisor has been looking down her shirt when she meets with him in his office, and she was upset by the behavior and wanted advice on what to do. The advice she received from ‘Ask Alice’ was upsetting to many, and resulted in the post being removed with a couple of hours of being posted and a fury of responses emailed to the editor (including one from myself), as well as on twitter and Facebook, and even in the national media.  The post was removed (I still have attached the archived version here), and Science posted an apology instead.Instead of focusing on just how terrible the previous advice was, I’d like to give ‘Bothered’ or anyone experiencing a situation like described by ‘Bothered’ some advice myself, based off my work within our field on anti-harassment policies and procedures.  I welcome any and all to read the presentations I’ve given previously at the Division of Planetary Sciences Conference in 2012  or from the Susan Niebur event at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference event in 2014 as well as ...

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