NIH group suggests how to address sexual harassment
A working group on sexual harassment in science presented recommendations to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director on Thursday to combat sexual harassment at institutions that receive NIH funding. The four recommendations include treating sexual harassment as seriously as research misconduct, requiring institutions tell the NIH about misconduct investigations, providing opportunities for reentry to scientists who have left academia because of harassment, and asking grantees about their misconduct history. Read more here.
U.S. House votes to overturn fetal tissue ban
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment included in a 2020 spending bill to overturn the White House’s June 5 ban on using federal grants to fund research using fetal tissue from elective abortions. The Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to include the amendment in its spending package. Read more here.
NIH director to forego all-male science panels
NIH Director Francis S. Collins announced in a statement that he will no longer speak on science panels that do not include women. Collins wants to see more opportunities for women and underrepresented groups “that are conspicuously missing in the marquee speaking slots at scientific meetings and other high-level conferences.” Read more here.