Training as a graduate student and postdoctoral scholar represents a time where clear power differentials exist, and the trainee is vulnerable to abuses such as sexual harassment. There are reports of sexual harassment in the trainee population, but small sample sizes limit the studies' power. In June 2017, the NPA conducted a comprehensive survey of workplace sexual harassment among postdoctoral scholars, which included 2,734 responses. One unique feature of the survey's demographic is that 90 percent of our survey participants are currently postdocs. While there are other reports that examine sexual harassment in the trainee population, our sample size and targeted population offer larger-scale empirical evidence on sexual harassment in the postdoctoral community. In this webinar, we will compare our results to other published studies and highlight the major findings from our survey that are unique. In particular, we compare victim and offender demographics and report the predominance of victims not reporting sexual harassment incidents.
Tullia C. Bruno, Ph.D., assistant professor, Hillman Cancer Center and University of Pittsburgh, Board Member, NPA Board of Directors, Sexual Harassment task force leader, NPA. Bruno is in her first term as a member of the NPA Board of Directors, however, she was heavily involved with her postdoctoral association at the University of Colorado where she was president for one year and co-leader of community outreach initiatives, which included developing an AAAS-funded STEM program for 4th and 5th grade children. She earned her doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in immunology with an emphasis in cancer immunology. During her postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado, she honed her skills as a translational tumor immunologist, which ultimately led to her current faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research program focuses on developing more effective immunotherapies for cancer patients.
Kate M. Sleeth, Ph.D., associate dean of administration and student development, Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences, City of Hope. Sleeth served two terms as a member of the NPA Board of Directors, including two years as chair of the Board and three years as Oversight Officer. Sleeth was involved with the postdoctoral association at the City of Hope for over three years, previously serving as social chair and president. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Reading in the UK investigating DNA repair mechanisms through biochemical approaches. She performed postdoctoral research at the University of Sheffield investigating DNA repair using molecular biology techniques. She then utilized both biochemistry and molecular biology as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Oxford optimizing a novel radiopharmaceutical. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope she transitioned into a role in the institutions Graduate School and Professional Education department. She has international experience in science and public communications through scientific papers, a book chapter, high school visits, science festivals, posters, presentations and a blog on www.Biocareers.com.
Both Bruno and Sleeth are committed to increasing awareness on sexual harassment in the postdoctoral community and offering support to those who have been subjected to incidents of sexual harassment.