Advice to young scientists: Don’t worry about adviser peering down your shirt

Advice to young scientists: Don’t worry about adviser peering down your shirt

[Ed. – Say what?]

It’s safe to say that Science Magazine’s career-advice column doesn’t usually scorch up the Internet.

But a well-known molecular biologist and senior faculty member at Caltech touched a raw nerve when a young researcher asked for advice about handling her adviser’s repeated attempts, whenever they met in his office, to peer down her shirt.

“As long as your adviser does not move on to other advances, I suggest you put up with it, with good humor if you can,” wrote Alice Huang, a regular columnist for Science, whose profile says she has always advocated for women in the field.

Through a spokesman, Huang politely declined to comment as she is traveling.

Much of her response was quickly shared on social media, angering some people who felt her advice was particularly lousy for women in research labs, where they often are outnumbered by men and might feel it’s more of a struggle than it should be to be taken seriously.

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