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Science Mag | Spurred by sexual misconduct, grad student ‘zine’ documents efforts to improve department culture
But a few years ago, when Kriti Sharma was in the third year of her PhD, she was shocked to read about a former professor in her department in The New York Times. The article reported on allegations of sexual misconduct at three consecutive institutions—including the biology department at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, where Sharma is a student.
Heather Metcalf, PhD, has conducted research on departmental culture since she was a graduate student in computer science and is now the director of research and analysis at the Association for Women in Science in Washington, D.C. To Science Mag, Dr. Metcalf praises Sharma and the group’s approach. She partly attributes their success to “the way that they approached it from a collective benefit kind of way rather than just making demands. … There was a lot of compassion in the way that they were trying to handle the situation.”