Power and bullying in research

Eric Lander, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and science adviser
to US President Joe Biden, resigned on Feb 7, after an internal review found that
he had bullied staff members. The investigation was concluded weeks before but only
came to light following reporting by Politico. This event is emblematic of research’s
failure to rein in workplace bullying and of a research culture that remains in thrall
to big names and bigger egos.

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