Sexual Harassment in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Media Coverage of the Report

The Atlantic - The Stubborn Culture of Harassment in America's Medical Schools (1/15/19)
In June 2018, a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that 50 percent of female medical students report having been sexually harassed. And over the past year and a half, high-profile cases such as the sentencing of the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar have shone a spotlight on harassment and abuse in the traditionally male-dominated field of medicine.

Honolulu Magazine - Making Waves: 6 Women n Hawai'i with Careers in STEM Share Their Stories (1/8/19)
According to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published earlier this year and two years in the making—well before the #MeToo movement—sexual harassment in academia continues to be a deterrent to women in STEM, along with gender bias and stereotypes.

Science - Bipartisan Bill on Sexual Harassment Signals Strong Interest by Congress (1/8/19)
The bill also calls for a survey of the impact of the problem in U.S. higher education and suggests that OSTP ask the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to update its guide to responsible conduct in research.

The Dartmouth - College debuts Campus Climate and Culture Initiative (1/8/19)
The initiative was largely inspired by recommendations outlined in a 2018 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, that analyzed the damaging effects of sexual harassment on women in STEM-related fields.

Circulation - Cardiologists Welcome National Academy of Sciences Report on Harassment as a Roadmap for Change (1/7/19)
In June 2018, a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that 50 percent of female medical students report having been sexually harassed. And over the past year and a half, high-profile cases such as the sentencing of the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar have shone a spotlight on harassment and abuse in the traditionally male-dominated field of medicine.

Inside Higher Ed - New Campus Climate Initiative at Dartmouth (1/4/19)
The initiative, called C3I, is inspired by a recent National Academies report on sexual harassment. It will consist of climate reviews in academic departments, mandatory sexual harassment training, professional development and leadership training, and increased campus resources and personnel, among other measures.

Valley News - Dartmouth Announces 'Campus Climate and Culture Initiative' to Combat Sexual Harassment (1/3/19)
The new initiative, C3I, draws on a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, called, "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine," which describes the damage sexual harassment can have on research integrity and retaining talented students and faculty.

Science - Runners-Up: Science has named nine scientific advances as runners-up for the 2018 Breakthrough of the Year (12/21/18)
In June, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a landmark report on sexual harassment of women in academic science, engineering, and medicine that could prove to be a watershed.

The National Law Review - #MeToo in Medicine: Year in Review (12/21/18)
Anna Kirkland, a professor of women's studies, the director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and a contributor to a major report on sexual harassment released this June by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, wrote her own letter while keeping an eye on her 11-year-old son, who had tagged along.

The Chronicle - The Fight Over Title IX Has Reached the Comments Section. Here's What People are Saying (12/21/18)
According to a 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, studies comparing the sexual harassment experiences of female students in science, technology, engineering, and medical (STEM) fields to those of women in non-STEM fields found that female medical students were 220 percent more likely than non-STEM majors to report sexual harassment by faculty and staff.

Scientific American - How Implicit Bias and Lack of Diversity Undermine Science (12/17/18)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on sexual harassment highlighted the staggering rates of sexual harassment in academic STEM fields. Academia has the dubious distinction of having the second highest rate of sexual harassment in the workplace (the military having the highest).

British Medical Journal - The Trouble with Girls: Obstacles to Women's Success in Medicine and Research - an Essay by Laurie Garrett (12/13/18)
The US National Academies of Sciences found this year, in an extensive assessment of bias in medicine and the sciences, that a third of women had experienced gender harassment, and a further fifth had also experienced unwanted sexual attention.

MedPage Today - Take MedPage Today's #MeToo Survey - How Common is Sexual Harassment in the Medical Field? Is it Being Addressed? (12/10/18)
We use the definition of sexual harassment employed by a recent report, "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine," from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine...

Healio - #MeToo Movement in Medicine: 'Community of Allies' Required to End Culture of Sexual Harassment (12/10/18)
The statistics are staggering. Up to 50% of female medical students report experiencing sexual harassment from faculty or staff, according to a consensus study report issues in June by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) (press release) (blog) - Public Comments Now Open on New Proposed Title IX Guidance and Key Responses from SWE (12/7/18)
The Department of Education should utilize recommendations in the report by the National Academies that coincided with SWE's annual conference: Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Pacific Standard Magazine - What America's Science Agencies are Doing About Harassment (12/3/18)
...leaders from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation spoke at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C., about their institutions' harassment policies.

Medical Bag - Why is Gender-Based Harassment So Pervasive in Medicine? (11/21/18)
Gender-based harassment is pervasive in the medical field. According to a 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, women in medical school were 220% more likely to report sexual harassment by faculty or staff than their counterparts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Annals of Internal Medicine - AMA House of Delegates Vote to Address Sexual Harassment (11/21/18)
The authors of the Annals article cite the latest National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report finding that "female medical students are 220% more likely than students from disciplines other than science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to have experienced sexual harassment by faculty or staff."

Annals of Internal Medicine - What Can Medicine Learn from Social Science Studies of Sexual Harassment? (11/20/18)
On the heels of the #MeToo movement, 2018 saw the release of a landmark National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report on sexual harassment.

NY Times - 'Enough Is Enough': Science, Too, Has a Problem with Harassment (11/19/18)
For many women scientists, the emphasis on the term "gender harassment" in a major report on sexual harassment in science published this summer came as something of a revelation.

Vanderbilt News - Briefings on National Academies of Sciences sexual harassment study set for Nov. 26 (11/19/18)
Recommendations from the national study report "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine" will be presented during two briefings for the Vanderbilt community Nov. 26.

Design World - For Women Engineers, Change Must Start at the College Level (11/12/18)
...the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine... reveals that 50% of women faculty and staff in academia experience sexual harassment.

Science Magazine - To Address Sexual Harassment in Science, the Past can Inform the Way Forward (11/7/18)
Sexual harassment flourishes thanks to "significant power differentials within hierarchical organizations," states the landmark National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study on harassment in academic science issued in June.

NIH Record 'Harassment Does Not Work Here,' New Policy States (11/7/18)
Just days before NIH rolled out a comprehensive effort to define an address workplace harassment in all its forms, representatives of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) presented findings and recommendations of a NASEM report on sexual harassment of women in science to a large and keenly interested Lipsett Amphitheater audience.

IEEE Spectrum - National Academies Report Says Sexual Harassment is a Threat to Engineering (11/1/18)
A recent report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that sexual harassment has broad impacts. It affects not only the women who are targeted, but also bystanders and the entire research enterprise.

IEEE Spectrum - Sexual Harassment Prevention: What Really Works (10/31/18)
Sexual harassment is endemic at U.S. universities and colleges, and the policies and procedures currently in place to prevent it are not working. That's the searing takeaway from a report released in June by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Forbes - From Marilyn Monroe to #MeToo: Sexual Harassment in Hollywood and Beyond (10/29/18)
A recent book by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides an extensive overview of sexual harassment research studies. They find that sexual harassment is widespread across virtually every sector, and that the incidence of sexual harassment has not changed appreciably in the past three decades.

Psychology Today (blog) - Sexual Harassment Remains Commonplace in Medicine (10/25/18)
Recent research from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has found that as more women enter science-related fields, the rate of sexual harassment has also increased. One reason, according to the research, that sexual harassment in science-related fields is so prevalent is that women often work in isolated environments.
 
All Together (press release) (blog) - Video: Half of all Women in Engineering Schools Experience Sexual Harassment (10/22/18)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine produced the report Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine this year, reviewing research on the extent to which women in these fields experience sexual harassment and the extent to which sexual harassment in academia negatively impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing these fields.

Motherboard - A New Bill Vows to Combat STEM’s Sexual Harassment Problem (10/10/18)
A 2018 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) found that 58 percent of women faculty and staff in academia have experienced sexual harassment. It also found that women of color and sexual and gender minorities are more likely to experience sexual harassment at work.

American Geosciences - Representative Johnson Introduced Bill to Combat Sexual Harassment in STEM (10/5/18)
The bill text acknowledges a 2018 report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which found that sexual harassment is pervasive in institutions of higher education and that 58 percent of women in the academic workforce experience sexual harassment.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Rutgers President Scraps 2-Year Limit on Sexual-Misconduct Complaints (10/3/18)
Rutgers will also form a committee on sexual-harassment prevention made up of students, faculty, and staff, headed by the senior vice president for academic affairs, following a recent report on sexual harassment by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Michigan Daily Panel Talks Sexual Harassment in STEM careers (10/1/18)
Panelists from different departments at the University of Michigan came together Monday afternoon to discuss sexual harassment in STEM fields. The panel discussion was the first of a three-part series discussing sexual harassment in engineering, sciences, and medicine.

Scientific American Halting Sexual Harassment (October 2018)
According to a groundbreaking June report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, harassment hurts individuals, diminishes the pool of scientific talent, and ultimately damages the integrity of science itself.

Chemistry World
Efforts to root out sexual harassment in science gain momentum (9/24/18)
…in June, the US National Academies published a landmark report that concluded that current policies to address sexual harassment in science, engineering, and medicine have largely failed. The academies urged universities to go further to achieve real change.

Washington PostControversy over sexual misconduct case roils Yale University (9/21/18)
A recent report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine described the sweeping extent of harassment in academia. About 50 percent of female medical students reported being harassed by faculty or staff members.

Science Magazine – Address harassment now (9/21/18)
According to an extensive meta-analysis cited by the U.S. National Academies in their 2018 report, more than 50% of women faculty and staff at academic institutions in the United States report having been sexually harassed – as some do 20 to 50% of women students, depending on their field and level of study.

Gizmodo – House Committee Recommends Stripping Sexual Harassers in Science and Academia of Federal Funding (9/20/18)
A recent survey by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) revealed that more than 50 percent of women faculty, and between 20-50 percent of women students, encounter or experience sexually harassing conduct in academia.

E&E News – Panel renames glacier in victory for #MeToo (9/20/18)
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names relabeled the Marchant Glacier last week after the scientist for which it’s named was found by Boston University to have engaged in sexual harassment. …This summer, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report finding federal agencies may be “perpetuating the problem” of sexual harassment in academic science.

Brookings Institution (blog) – It happens here, too: Lessons for universities on preventing sexual harassment (9/14/18)
While school was out this summer, the National Academy of Sciences published the over 300-page report, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.”

The New England Journal of Medicine (op-ed) Perspective: Time’s Up for Medicine? Only Time Will Tell (9/12/18)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently released a report on sexual harassment of women working in academic sciences, engineering, and medicine. Its findings are deeply disturbing: sexual harassment is common across scientific fields, has not abated, and remains a particular problem in medicine, where potential sources of harassment include not just colleagues and supervisors, but also patients and their families.

The New England Journal of Medicine (op-ed) – Perspective: Ending Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine (9/12/18)
A July 2018 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) sounded an alarm that high rates of sexual harassment in academic sciences, engineering, and medicine are compromising the integrity of education and research.

MedPage Today Treat Sexual Harassment in Medicine on a Systemic Level (9/12/18)
The problem of sexual harassment in medicine is a “chronic debilitating disease,” which calls for broader prevention efforts instead of treating it on a case-by-case basis… the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report found that up to 50% of female medical students reported experiencing sexual harassment.

Society of Women Engineers (press release) blog National Academies Report Emphasizes Need for Culture Change (9/10/18)
A recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report describes pervasive and damaging “gender harassment” – behaviors that demean women and isolate them with sexist remarks and degrading jokes.

All Together National Academies Report Emphasizes Need for Culture Change (9/10/18)
A recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report describes pervasive and damaging "gender harassment" – behaviors that demean women and isolate them with sexist remarks and degrading jokes.

JAMA Network National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Sexual Harassment Making the Case for Fundamental Institutional Change (9/4/18)
Recently, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published an important account of the evidence regarding the extent and persistence of sexual harassment of women in sciences, engineering, and medicine, its negative effects on careers and health, and solutions that work to empower women and bystanders to identify and report harassment and halt or deter inappropriate or illegal behavior.

Scientific American (blog) When it Comes to Sexual Harassment, Academia is Fundamentally Broken (8/9/18)
The report [from the NASEM] lays out why academia is fundamentally broken and incapable of dealing with harassment; if we are to be truly committed to rooting out harassment and welcome people from all backgrounds in STEM, the system needs a complete overhaul.

Science Magazine Rosalind Franklin and the Damage of Gender Harassment (8/1/18)
Lately, [Rosalind Franklin] has been on my mind since the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) issued its June report detailing the prevalence of sexual harassment in university science.

StarTribune  Tech's Leaky Pipeline: Is Harassment in College Forcing Women Out? (7/21/18)
In the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the researchers lay out three categories of sexual harassment: actions that "convey hostility, objectification, exclusion, or second-class status about members of one gender;" unwanted sexual attention; and "sexual coercion" that involves favorable treatment in exchange for sexual activity.

CNN The Sexual Harassment We Don't Talk About (7/9/18)
And that's why we should pay attention to a path-breaking new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), which advances the concept of "gender harassment," defining it as "behaviors that belittle women and make them feel they don't belong."

WTTW Report: Changes Needed to Combat Sexual Harassment in Academic Sciences (7/5/18)
Universities across the U.S. need better methods to combat sexual harassment and abuse in academia, according to a new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

CBC News Time's Up for Sexual Harassment in Medicine, says Lancet editorial (6/30/18)
Long hours and heavy workloads make [a career in medicine] physically and emotionally demanding, the medical journal says, as it highlights a damning 300-page [NASEM] report on sexual harassment of women in academia.

The Lancet – Time's Up for Sexual Harassment in Medicine
 (6/30/18)

...a report released this month by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) reveals often under-recognized additional challenges for women: a staggering 58% of female faculty and staff across academia have experienced sexual harassment, and female medical students experience sexual harassment at much higher rates than their peers in science and engineering.

The Marjorie –  Why Academia Needs its #MeToo Moment (June 2018)
Indeed, most women don't report sexual harassment, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). ...Ashley Bear, a program officer for NASEM and a co-principal investigator on the report said women oftentimes don't report because they fear retaliation or damage to their career and that encouraging them to report is maybe not the best approach.

Huffington Post Want to End Sexual Harassment? Landmark Study Finds Ousting 'Bad Men' Isn't Enough (6/16/18)
A major study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine outlines a more comprehensive way of looking at sexual harassment within organizations and identifies the strongest predictor of such behavior. Surprisingly, it has little to do with individual perpetrators.

British Medical Journal Sexual Harassment of US Women in Science is Widespread and is Worst in Medicine, Report Says (6/13/18)
Sexual harassment of women is rampant in US academic sciences and is worst in medicine, says a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Systemic change is needed to create a diverse and welcoming scientific environment, it warns.

The New York Times – How Universities Deal with Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says (6/12/18)
"There is no evidence to suggest that current policies, procedures, and approaches have resulted in a significant reduction in sexual harassment," said the [NASEM] report, which was more than two years in the making, starting well before the #MeToo era. It was issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, independent agencies that advise the government and the public.

The Washington Post Half of Women in Science Experience Harassment, a Sweeping New Report Finds (6/12/18)
Science has a sexual harassment problem. From the most polished ivory tower to the local community college, harassment pervades lecture halls and laboratories, observatories and offices, teaching hospitals and Antarctic field sites. And it takes an economic and emotional toll on female researchers and stiles their scientific contributions, according to a sweeping new study [from the NASEM] released Tuesday.

Associated Press Sexual Harassment Rampant in Science, Culture Change Urged (6/12/18)
Sexual harassment is rampant in academic science, and colleges and universities that train new scientists need a system-wide culture change so women won't be bullied out of the field. In fact, it's time to treat sexual harassment as seriously as research misconduct, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concluded in recommendations aimed at U.S. institutions of higher education and the groups that fund them.

Science Magazine Sexual Harassment Isn't Just About Sex: Groundbreaking Report Details Persistent Hostility Female Scientists Face (6/12/18)
Ask someone for an example of sexual harassment and they might cite a professor's insistent requests to a grad student for sex. But such lurid incidents account for only a small portion of a serious and widespread harassment problem in science, according to a report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Nature Sexual Harassment is Rife in the Sciences, Finds Landmark US study (6/12/18)
Sexual harassment is pervasive throughout academic science in the United States, driving talented researchers out of the field and harming others' careers, finds a report from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC.

Scientific American Sexual Harassment Remains Common in the Sciences (6/12/18)
Women in some science careers – ones in which trainees may find themselves effectively hidden away in laboratories, patient rooms or field sites – are particularly vulnerable to harassment because of that isolation, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.