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A Role for Professional Societies in Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Sciences (Cosponsored by APS Women in Physiology Committee)

Symposium — Saturday, April 6, 2019 — 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM — Convention Center, Room W309AB
Science Policy Committee — Chair: Styliani Goulopoulou — Co-Chair: Christopher Wilson

The 2018 report on the sexual harassment of women in the sciences issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) focused attention on an issue that has long plagued the scientific community. This symposium will review the primary findings of the landmark report; help participants understand the impact of sexual harassment in the sciences; and explore ways that professional societies can play a role in protecting all members and creating an environment where the risk of harassment is minimized.  

The NASEM report offers specific definitions of sexual harassment and identifies several characteristics of academic science and medicine that create a higher risk that harassment will occur. The report also details the negative impact that harassment has not only on the targets of harassment, but also other members of the community. The report goes on to offer a number of recommendations to address these long-standing problems, including steps that professional societies such as the APS can take. The symposium will review these findings and include an interactive component where members of the audience can share their ideas for best practices.


  • Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
    Gilda Barabino — City College of New York

  • Stepping up to the Responsibility: Scientific Societies’ Role and Progress in Addressing Harassment in Science
    Billy Williams — American Geophysical Union

  • Disobedience, Laws and Money: The Teeth the NASEM Report Needs to Work
    BethAnn McLaughlin — Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Chair
    Styliani Goulopoulou —

  • Co-Chair
    Christopher wilson —

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