#MeTooSTEM founder leaves Vanderbilt 'by mutual agreement'

BethAnn McLaughlin, PhD, the founder of #MeTooSTEM, left Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center July 8, Science reports.

Dr. McLaughlin left VUMC "by mutual agreement" and is "exploring new opportunities," she told Science in a statement through her lawyers. She did not provide further comment. VUMC confirmed the departure and provided Science with the following statement:

"We thank Dr. McLaughlin for her work at Vanderbilt. We share a strong commitment to the success of women in STEM, and we wish Dr. McLaughlin well in her future endeavors."

Dr. McLaughlin sought tenure multiple times throughout her career at VUMC. It was stalled and ultimately denied in February. She alleged her tenure was denied due to her testimony in a sexual harassment case. She also was under investigation for anonymous inflammatory tweets, according to Science.

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