Category Archives: sexual misconduct

Dean recommends Lawrence Krauss’s dismissal from Arizona State University; Krauss is appealing

According to the State Press, Arizona State University’s (ASU’s) student newspaper (click on link below), Patrick Kenney, Dean of ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has recommended that physicist Lawrence Krauss be dismissed from the University for sexual misconduct. This is the latest development in a series of events beginning with a BuzzFeed expose […]

Nobel Peace Prize goes to two anti-rape activists

In all the fracas about the science Nobels, I completely forgot about the Peace Prize, which, unlike the Economics Prize, is a genuine Nobel Prize. And this year it went two two people, Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist from the Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi Kurdish activist who was held for several months by ISIS. […]

Woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault comes forward

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice would be a disaster for many years to come, ensuring a firmly conservative court for the future—perhaps even the overturning of decisions like Roe v. Wade. But then again, this would be the case for any of Trump’s nominees. I, for one, would prefer more of a […]

The Catholic Church abuse scandal in Pennsylvania: the power of religion

Grania sent me three items relevant to the ongoing scandal about sex abuse by the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.  #MeToo highlighted how power imbalances led to sexual abuse of many women, and this scandal shows the same thing with respect to the power of the Church. In fact, I can barely think of a religion […]

Bari Weiss returns with a column on Asia Argento, Avital Ronell, #MeToo, and the Shoe on the Other Foot

I don’t know how anyone can find this new New York Times column by Bari Weiss objectionable, but I know they’ll try. (Click on screenshot to read it.) The column is about two women who have been accused of sexual abuse. The first, Asia Argento, is an actor who was revealed to have paid $380,000 […]

Lawrence Krauss removed as head of Arizona State University Origins project

In March of this year, after several reports of sexual harassment and groping by physicist Lawrence Krauss (the most prominent article was published in Buzzfeed), I decided that, in light of multiple consilient reports, I’d do my own small investigation. I turned up at least three highly credible allegations by people I know reporting Krauss’s […]

Famed geneticist Francisco J. Ayala resigns after his university finds him guilty of sexual harassment

If you’re in evolutionary genetics, you’ll know the name of Francisco J. Ayala.  When I first met him in 1971 at Rockefeller University, where he was studying fly genetics in Theodosius Dobzhansky’s lab (I was a beginning grad student), he was a Dominican priest, and came to lab in his priest suit, complete with collar.  […]

Title IX regulations for sexual misconduct and the huge mess they’ve created in American universities

In September of last year, I wrote a piece about the Obama-era changes in the Title IX laws. Rather than re-describe the situation, I’ll quote from that post: In 2011, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Education sent its famous “Dear Colleague” letter to American colleges and universities, suggesting how sexual […]

What? I must be gay because I’m not worried about being #MeToo’d?

I don’t know who writes the Dark Buzz  physics blog, but it’s someone named Roger—someone whose latest post, “Krauss is being silenced“, made me chuckle. After noting that both Sam Harris and I have expressed our beliefs that Lawrence Krauss is in all likelihood guilty of sexual malfeasance, Roger speculates why. His conclusion? I have […]

The Lawrence Krauss affair

Certainly most of you are aware of the allegations that physicist Lawrence Krauss engaged in sexually predatory behavior. This was made public with the BuzzFeed article that accused Krauss of a panoply of sexually aggressive and harassing behaviors, ranging from inappropriate comments made to women through physical groping up to sexual assault.  I didn’t find […]