5. (Yet more) scientists were exposed for sexual harassment.
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In 2015, sexual harassment in science made big headlines when a Title IX investigation prompted famous astronomer Geoff Marcy to resign from his professorship at Berkeley. For anyone who thought Marcy was an anomaly, 2016 sadly proved otherwise:
—Christian Ott, an astrophysics professor at Caltech, fell in love with his graduate student and then fired her because of it. He’s on leave from the school until August 2017.
—Jason Lieb, a molecular biologist at the University of Chicago, resigned after an investigation found he had made “unwelcome sexual advances” to graduate students and “engaged in sexual activity” with a drunk student, according to the New York Times.
—Michael Katze, who ran one of the country’s biggest virus labs at the University of Washington, was found to have sexually harassed two lab employees. He hired one of them on the condition that she be his girlfriend, and asked the other one to do chores for him, including buying drugs and emailing escorts.
—Brian Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History, was accused of sexual misconduct multiple times, according to Science. One woman, for example, claimed that Richmond sexually assaulted her in his hotel room after they had been drinking heavily at a scientific meeting in Italy. Richmond resigned this month, but still maintains that the encounters were consensual and denies any wrongdoing.
—Miguel Pinto, a visiting researcher at the National Museum of Natural History, groped a student at a museum happy hour, according to The Verge. The student complained to museum administrators, but to her surprise, they never issued an official report.