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NAS evaluates ejecting Marcy, Ayala for sexual harassment

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Science  16 Apr 2021:
Vol. 372, Issue 6539, pp. 224
DOI: 10.1126/science.372.6539.224

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The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is moving for the first time to expel sexual harassers from its membership. Science has learned that the institution is adjudicating complaints that could lead to the ejection of astronomer Geoffrey Marcy formerly of the University of California, Berkeley, and evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala, formerly of UC Irvine. The process is unfolding 2 years after the prestigious, 158-year-old academy changed its bylaws to allow expulsion of members. The two cases are among five complaints of sexual harassment by NAS members that have been filed since September 2020 with NAS. Two others are awaiting more information, according to NAS President Marcia McNutt, and one, against cancer geneticist Inder Verma, formerly of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, is not proceeding because of lack of official documentation.

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