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Antarctica glacier gets new name in wake of sexual harassment finding The newly renamed Matataua Glacier lies in the Royal Society Range in Antarctica. Peter Reicek/NSF By Elizabeth CulottaSep. 18 2018 3:55 PM The changes sparked by the #MeToo movement have now reached Antarctic glaciers. Last week the Marchant Glacier was renamed the Matataua Glacier in the wake of a finding of sexual harassment against its namesake geologist David Marchant. The change was made by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) in Reston Virginia part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Boston University determined David Marchant violated Title IX regulations and USGS policy says geographic features are to be named for people who have made extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the advancement of polar science says Kelly Falkner director of the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria Virginia the lead agency for the U.S. Antarctic program.Boston University found Marchant created an environment that was hostile and harmful to fellow researchers particularly women. That behavior is unacceptable and impedes scientific progress Falkner adds. Last year Marchant wasfoundto have sexually harassed thengraduate student Jane Willenbringduringfield workin Antarctica nearly 20 years ago. Willenbring now at the Scripps Institutionof Oceanography in San Diego California says she was pleased and surprised by the move which she says sends a message that this sort of thing isnt tolerated anymore. She calls the new name completely appropriate. The glacier originally named in 1994 sits near Mata Taua Peak in the Royal Society Range. Matataua is a Maori wordmeaning a scout before the troops says Louis Yost BGNs executive secretary. BGN made the decision in agreement with the New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa). The post Antarctica glacier gets new name in wake of sexual harassment finding appeared first on GuaripeteMagazine.

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