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A Concern From Colleagues On Campus Several colleagues in my department and elsewhere on campus are concerned about
 

Summary: A Concern From Colleagues On Campus
Several colleagues in my department and elsewhere on campus are concerned about
the recent dismissal of the State Climatologist David Stooksbury and Asst. State
Climatologist Pam Knox and have suggested that this would be an appropriate item for
the Faculty Senate to consider. Their concerns focus on (1) the process of delivery for the
dismissal (the two individuals found out about their dismissal from the media, the day
after the Governor signed the order); (2) the lack of university response to the dismissal
process; (3) what effect this dismissal has on others at UGA whose main role is data
analysis and dissemination, which was a major role of the State Climatology Office; and
(4) how the university was notified by the governor and what steps the administration
took in response.
Of course, data analysis and dissemination are key aspects for many in my department
(Statistics), but the larger question of whether those whose job responsibilities involve
analyzing and reporting data is of concern. It is essential that those who are collecting,
analyzing, and reporting data be allowed to do so under academically accepted
conditions of scientific research. If researchers are afraid to report what they've found
for political reasons, this undermines the entire principle of academic freedom.
For reference, the national organization for Statistics, the American Statistical
Association, recently endorsed the AAAS statement regarding the vulnerability of
climate scientists.

  

Source: Arnold, Jonathan - Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center & Department of Genetics, University of Georgia

 

Collections: Biotechnology