Ethics Grand Rounds: Preventing Sexual Harassment in Science, Engineering, & Medicine

Preventing Sexual Harassment in Science, Engineering, & Medicine

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Frazier Benya, MA, PhD

In this talk, Dr. Benya discussed the recent National Academies report that examines the effect of sexual harassment on women in scientific, technical, and medical fields in academia. Dr. Benya shared strategies and practices that can be used to prevent and address this discriminatory behavior, and discussed the research that supports these approaches. 

This event was co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of NursingThe Center for Women in Medicine and Science, and the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine department.


Frazier Benya, MA, PhD, focuses on ensuring that science, engineering, and medicine are ethical and socially responsible, both in their practice and in who gets to participate in the work. She recently served as the study director for the National Academies consensus study report Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Before joining the CWSEM staff, Dr. Benya worked with the National Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2017, during which time she managed projects for its Center for Engineering Ethics and Society and co-lead the effort to expand and enhance the NAE Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science website. Her work with the NAE focused on improving and enhancing engineering ethics education and on analyzing the pathways engineers take from education to the workforce.