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Please join Congresswoman Speier for an important panel discussion about sexual harassment in the sciences. In the United States, women earn about half of doctorates in science and engineering, yet they only comprise 21 percent of full science professors, 5 percent of full engineering professors and 28 percent of the overall workforce. Sexual harassment is one of the reasons women are fleeing these fields.

Students enter the sciences to learn about the universe, not about their professors' sex lives. And yet, there have been far too many cases of professors making inappropriate comments to their students, or engaging in unwanted touching. Even worse, universities have failed to stop repeated offenders from driving students from the field and derailing their careers. It's time to change this unacceptable climate of harassment.

Panelists:

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Sarah Ballard, Torres Fellow for Exoplanetary Science at MIT, sexual harassment survivor
  • Janet Stemwedel, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, San Jose State University
  • Sheryl Vacca, SVP/Chief Compliance and Audit Officer; Lead of the UC President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault 
  • Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle reporter

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