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University releases sex harassment report on astronomer Geoff Marcy

The issue of sexual harassment in science was brought to the fore in October when a report on the behavior of renowned exoplanet researcher Geoff Marcy of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, was leaked to the online publication BuzzFeed, leading to Marcy’s resignation. UC Berkeley has now released the text of that report, following public records requests from a number of publications.

The details of UC Berkeley’s inquiry into Marcy’s conduct does not reflect well on the institution, with the process stretching for more than 4 years and Marcy given only weak sanctions after repeated promises to reform. The affair has, however, galvanized the field of astronomy into tackling the issue.