Around the industry: Nobel laureate resigns after saying 'girls cry' in the lab
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- England, United Kingdom: Sir Tim Hunt, Nobel laureate and Royal Society fellow, has apologized and resigned from his position at the University College of London after comments about the "trouble with girls" in science. At a recent conference in South Korea, Hunt said that "girls" in the lab "fall in love" with their male colleagues and "cry" when they are criticized. Hunt says the comment was meant to be "light-hearted" and "ironic," adding that he did not intend to offend anyone (BBC News 6/10; BBC News 6/11).
- New York: Pop star Lady Gaga teamed up with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to rally support for a sexual assault policy at the state's colleges and universities. The pair co-authored an op-ed in Billboard magazine urging passage of the bill, which legislators must decide on by June 17. Gaga has become vocal on the issue of sexual assault since revealing in December 2014 that she was a survivor of it (Cuomo/Gaga, Billboard, 6/8).
- Washington, D.C.: Juan Felipe Herrera will be the next U.S. Poet Laureate, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday. Herrera will be the first Latino poet to hold the position. "This is a mega-honor for me, for my family and my parents… the honor is bigger than me," Herrera wrote in the announcement. Before retiring in March, Herrera taught creative writing at the University of California-Riverside. He also served as California's state poet laureate from 2012 to 2014 (Dwyer, NPR, 6/10; Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, 6/10).
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