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New study finds sexual harassment of female scientists persists




Doctor Adeline Soulier-Perkins of the National Museum of Natural History captures insects to study biodiversity in the French South American territory of Guiana. AFP PHOTO JODY AMIET
Doctor Adeline Soulier-Perkins of the National Museum of Natural History captures insects to study biodiversity in the French South American territory of Guiana. AFP PHOTO JODY AMIET
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While we often hear about the results of scientific study, we rarely hear about what life is like day to day for the scientists conducting those studies.

Many researchers are women and they face a lot of challenges working in a male-dominated field.

Over the years, Dr. Kate Clancy, a professor of anthropology at University of Illinois, had been hearing alarming stories from her female colleagues about experiences of sexual harassment, even assault.

Eventually she did what scientists do: she put together a team and conducted a formal study. Their findings were published this week in the journal Plos One. Kate Clancy joins Take Two to talk about their findings.