Scandals in the science world happen, but they tend to revolve around doctored data and sloppy research, not sexual harassment. But right now, scientists are in the news–not for groundbreaking research but for some sleazy goings-on.
The first is the case of Dr. Danielle Lee, a biologist who blogs at Scientific American under the banner “The Urban Scientist.” She was contacted about writing for another publication. She asked a very sensible question–does this writing job pay? The answer? No. She turned it down. That should be the end of the story, right?
But it’s not. The editor from Biology Online, named Ofek, responded, “Because we don’t pay for blog entries? Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?” Dr. Lee, quite rightly, wrote about this and published the email exchange. (That in itself caused a kerfuffle and probably involved some phone calls to lawyers.)
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