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Professional societies unveil consortium on sexual harassment in STEMM

American Society for Cell Biology

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and 52 other leading academic and professional societies announced the creation the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM at a panel discussion during the AAAS Annual Meeting on February 15, 2019.

"Professional societies have a responsibility to address sexual harassment. We must ensure that all individuals who want to be part of the scientific enterprise are able to do so in a space that is safe and welcoming," said Erika Shugart, CEO of ASCB. She is also a member of the Consortium's Executive Committee.

Along with the ASCB, other founding members of the Consortium include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

The Consortium will make research- and evidence-based resources for addressing issues of sexual harassment to other professional organizations. These resources will include model policies and procedures to use to combat issues of harassment, including policies for meeting and awards and honors. Each of the 53 member groups will contribute to the development of the model policies.

ASCB is an inclusive community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. We are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the workforce.

The full list of Consortium members are:

53 Inaugural Member Organizations

Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
Acoustical Society of America
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for Anatomy
American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Association for Dental Research
American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
American Astronomical Society
American Chemical Society
American Educational Research Association
American Geophysical Union
American Institute of Physics
American Mathematical Society
American Meteorological Society
American Physical Society
American Physiological Society
American Psychological Association
American Society of Agronomy
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
American Society for Cell Biology
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Plant Biologists
American Statistical Association
Association of Academic Physiatrists
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of Pathology Chairs
Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology
Association for Women in Science
Computing Research Association
Council of Medical Specialty Societies
Crop Science Society of America
Entomological Society of America
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Geological Society of America
Human Biology Association
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Institute of Food Technologists
International Primatological Society
Mathematical Association of America
National Association of Science Writers
The Optical Society
Society for Computers in Psychology
Society of General Internal Medicine
Society for Neuroscience
Society for the Study of Evolution
Society of Surgical Chairs
Society of Systematic Biologists
Society for Text and Discourse
Soil Science Society of America
The Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society

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