The professional society for the academic study of the history of science has named Sally Gregory Kohlstedt as its first Ombudsperson. HSS adopted a Respectful Behavior Policy in June of this year to address discrimination and harassment at society meetings and events. The new Ombuds is designated by the policy as a resource for anyone with concerns and complaints.
The HHS Ombuds listens to concerns, provides information about the policy, and identifies formal and non-formal options. Although the Ombuds may receive formal complaints, they are immediately referred to to a committee for review and and action. The Ombuds also has a mandate of confidentiality. Kohlstedt is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. (HHS Policy via Twitter; HHS Announcement via Twitter; UM Faculty Profile.)