Opinion: I’ve seen the culture of sexual harassment at NIH. The agency needs to do more than simply apologize

At the @NIH, I heard accounts of sexual harassment from female scientists and lab workers — women who worried they couldn't possibly risk pushing back.

The National Institutes of Health apologized Thursday for failing to address sexual harassment within the influential and powerful organization. They also put forward a set of solutions. It’s about time — this harmful culture has affected scientists for decades.

Having worked in labs across multiple institutions, including at the NIH, I’ve heard accounts of sexual harassment from numerous female scientists and lab workers. These stories never rose to the level of meriting formal complaints. They represent a collection of off-color

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