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Oh. Snaps. #checkyrcolonialism
The creators hope it becomes a "jumping-off point for some very real discussions, debates and resolves."
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This is a nominal gesture but accountability has to start somewhere.
 
Last week, the president signed the Port State Measures Agreement, which empowers officials to prohibit foreign vessels suspected of illegal fishing from receiving port services and access. The United States became the 20th country to ratify the pact.
President Obama will close a loophole this week that allowed fish caught by forced labor into the American market, part of a flurry of recent actions to address lawlessness at sea.
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As Justin Trudeau would say, "Because it's 2016."
 
How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science: reboot the system
My latest for +The Conversation: There have been several high-profile cases of renowned scientists who have been found to have acted against sexual harassment legislation for up to 10 years. In one case, a prominent astronomer forced students to attend work meetings in strip clubs; in other cases, famous scientists physically groped students or tried to pressure them to reciprocate their sexual and romantic feelings.

For the most part, institutions simply give these men one-off training. One university suspended a serial harasser for one year - he is due to come back to work in July. Meanwhile, nine of his students have left due to his harassment, bullying and erratic behaviour over recent years.

In these cases, the universities involved carried out investigations finding that the professors were in violation of sexual harassment law. These men went from one high profile position to another whilst continuing their abuse of power. One professor was even granted an honorary Emeritus Professorship after the university's investigation was made public.

The system is telling us that we'd rather lose bright, junior women scholars, in order to protect so-called academic "superstars."

I also show that the issue of abuse is broader, with senior scientists attacking vulnerable students of minority backgrounds when they speak out against racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination.

It's time to reboot the culture in science. In this article, I discuss strategies that everyone can use to end harassment, including:

* Speaking up when you see someone being harassed
* Leading by example
* Providing easier ways to report, such as through information escrows
* Ensuring anti-harassment policies are working, through confidential consultation and a thorough evaluation of impact
* Making safety a daily priority, especially for managers
* Strategic planning
* Taking a collective stance against harassment.

There are national and regional programs that aim to transform how universities and research organisations make gender equity and diversity a priority, including the program that I'm managing in Australia, +Science in Australia Gender Equity. Half of the higher education sector is involved in making changes to eliminate discrimination, harassment and bias, and creating a more inclusive culture. Ending harassment is one important piece of the puzzle. 

Read more about the issue and solutions in my article.

Commenting Policy
Note that I do not allow abuse, personal attacks, or denialism of harassment. My article and my various other writing details the research showing that sexual harassment is a major problem, particularly for women researchers who feel unsafe at work, and fearful of reporting formally. If you want to contribute to a discussion on solutions in a respectful way, let's have a conversation! If not, I will delete comments that violate my commenting policy.  

Individuals who want to question the definition or severity of harassment are not welcome, because the entire internet is filled with spaces where you can sprout such ignorance. My threads are not such a place. The law is clear: sexual harassment is defined as someone making an “unwelcome sexual advance, or an unwelcome request for sexual favours, to the person harassed.” Sexual harassment is also legally defined as person engaging “in other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to the person harassed,” including actions or words that lead to offence, humiliation or intimidation. 

My article: https://theconversation.com/how-to-stop-the-sexual-harassment-of-women-in-science-reboot-the-system-53210

Legal definition of sexual harassment, Sex Discrimination Act, Commonwealth of Australia: https://goo.gl/8lE9YR

Resources for individuals, managers and workplaces, by the Australian Human Rights Commission: https://goo.gl/SfJu7Q 

Research on the impact of sexual harassment, by the +International Labour Organizationhttp://goo.gl/9l5Hl5

Impact on women who speak out about sexual harassment, by +STEM Women on G+ http://goo.gl/Xv3m3c

Investigation on why women in science choose not to report sexual harassment (Part 1 of 3), by Dr +Janet D. Stemwedelhttp://goo.gl/R7xKfq

How professional science societies can end harassment, by Dr Erika Marín-Spiotta & colleagues for the +American Geophysical Union (AGU)https://goo.gl/btwvUx

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This is very cool and an important approach.
 
The crew of whaling ships kept meticulous daily logbooks of weather conditions during their often years-long voyages searching the globe for whales, valued for their light-giving oil.
Maritime historians, climate scientists and ordinary citizens are coming together on a project to study the logbooks of 19th-century whaling ships to...
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Leningradskaya in Victoria Land , Antarctica
This abandoned antarctic research station is a Soviet ghost frozen in time
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Haven't been to these--but there is that peculiar Australian hut architecture again, as seen at Discovery Hut.
 
Mawson's Huts in Cape Denison, Antarctica
These abandoned huts still hold the remains of an early 20th century Australian researcher's work
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This is a bit of a well-duh, but at least someone quantified it.

(Also, hooray for completely unrelated and random stock photo -- good job Discovery News editors! Let me guess, your site is programmed with robots that grab random photos of infants when the keywords are "microplastics", "poop" and "zooplankton". Your natalist, asprocentrist agenda is a success!)
 
Where does the plastic go? Down down down.
Altering the tiny creatures' excrement turns out to have potentially serious environmental consequences.
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I can't get over this. It's so great on so many levels.
A crab brandishes a knife at a human intruder in Brazil.
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nuff said.
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This was one of the highlights of my first season.
 
Erebus Ice Tongue Caves in McMurdo, Antarctica
Southern Ocean waters and glacial forces transform the Antarctic ice into these stunning bridges and caves
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Here's Every Living Or Extinct Creature Named After David Attenborough
One of the beautiful quirks of biology is that the person who discovers a new species gets to name it. And sometimes, maybe to call attention to their...
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