His decision came as an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was ongoing.
Gender discrimination, Brexit, and climate change are among the issues that have received considerable attention from the scientific community this year.
December 28, 2017|
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—University of California, Berkeley, structural biologist Jennifer Doudna speaking to reporters after the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Trial and Appeal Board ruled in favor of the Broad Institute in an ongoing legal battle over patents for CRISPR genome-editing technology (February 15)
—Molecular biologist Beverly Emerson of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in a lawsuit brought against Salk for gender discrimination, following similar suits from two other female full professors (July 18)
—A memo, penned by software engineer James Damore, decrying what he calls “arbitrary social engineering” aimed at increasing workplace diversity at Google, which fired him after the document circulated first inside then outside the company, according to Gizmodo (August 5)
—Ecologist Jennifer Bowen of Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, writing in an email to The Washington Post after receiving instructions to remove the phrase “climate change” from a federal grant proposal (August 28)
—University of Cambridge plant biologist Alison Smith, speaking to The Scientist about the effect of uncertainty following Brexit on UK researchers’ capacity to help direct international research initiatives (September 12)
—Regenerative medicine specialist Michele De Luca of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, describing to The Scientist progress in a young Syrian boy who received a transgenic
skin transplant over most of his body (November 8)
—Suresh Garimella, executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue University, after the closure of the Camp DASH nutritional study following allegations of sexual assault among its adolescent participants, according to the Journal & Courier (November 28)
—Joanne Chory, a plant biologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in a press release on receiving one of this year’s Breakthrough Prizes for her work on the mechanisms of plant responses to shade (December 3)