Neuroscientist Vittorio Gallese lived with labmate Alessandra Umiltà for 2 years before colleagues figured out they were a couple.
"We were pretty good at keeping our private life separate from work," Gallese says. Eight years her senior, Gallese was an associate professor, also in Rizzolatti’s lab.
Pratt and his attorney, Melissa Iyer Julian, declined to comment.
ASU gave Pratt a written admonishment in 2012 after the allegations by Kunzi, records show.
Some laboratory couples may be inclined to keep their romance a secret, especially at first.There are many potential benefits to having your partner working in the same lab, department, or institution.Apart from mutual understanding and moral support, a scientist couple can collaborate and help each other scientifically.Even though the vast majority of educators already live by an ethical norm, you still need to show the institution’s position and deal with the rare cases when someone violates it.Nationally, universities have taken different approaches to the problem of professor-student relationships.