Panel renames glacier over discoverer's reported sexually harassing behavior

Article here. In other news, America will be re-named Femina because someone thinks Amerigo Vespucci may have once fondled a girl's rear end in the third grade. Excerpt:

'The #MeToo movement has prompted an Interior Department-run panel to rename a glacier in Antarctica.

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names — a multiagency body in the U.S. Geological Survey — relabeled the Marchant Glacier last week after the scientist for which it's named was found by Boston University to have engaged in sexual harassment.

The glacier's now called the Matataua Glacier, according to Lou Yost, executive secretary of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

The landform was previously named for geologist David Marchant, who was linked to more than $5 million in grant awards from the National Science Foundation and NASA. A Boston University investigation last year found Marchant sexually harassed female researchers during a 1999-2000 field expedition in Antarctica.

Last year, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee launched a bipartisan investigation into allegations against Marchant (E&E Daily, Oct. 27, 2017).

Yost said a proposal from unnamed individuals prompted the change.

In the letter, the proponents stated, "Because the finding against Marchant has been upheld, we maintain that Marchant no longer warrants the honor of having an Antarctic geographic feature named for him" and "we therefore assert that Marchant is no longer deserving of the honor bestowed on him."'

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