Proposed bill to study sexual harassment in science
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, introduced a bill Oct. 5 to study factors that contribute to sexual harassment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and how harassment affects the scientific community. The proposed bill would give the National Science Foundation funding to support studies that develop and assess policies and interventions, and would create an interagency working group to coordinate these efforts. Read more here.
Columbia University postdocs vote to unionize
More than 2,000 postdoctoral fellows at Columbia University voted Oct. 4 to unionize, forming the first postdoc union at a private U.S. university. Although graduate students voted to unionize in 2016, university administration officials have not reached an agreement with that student union. The path forward for the newly formed union is unclear. Read more here.
Report: White House aide proposed banning Chinese students
As part of a discussion to stop espionage from China, White House aide Stephen Miller reportedly proposed banning all Chinese students from studying at U.S. universities and colleges. Such a ban would significantly impact universities, as 30 percent of international students studying in the U.S. are Chinese. The U.S. State Department has already restricted visa duration for Chinese graduate students in specific science fields. Read more here.