Corrupt prejudiced faculty at UCLA
Posted in the Berkeley Forum
#1 Jun 15, 2012
“What’s academia’s response to a whistleblower who exposes fraudulent research and faked credentials on a panel of experts?
Fire the whistleblower, of course.
That’s the allegation in a new complaint filed against the regents of the University of California by the American Center for Law and Justice on behalf of former professor James E. Enstrom.”
“According to the ACLJ, Enstrom, a research professor in UCLA’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, published peer-reviewed research showing that fine particulate matter does not kill Californians.
However, much of the “anti-pollution” research is based on the assumption that those fine particulates, like those that make up Denver’s infamous “Brown Cloud” during the winter, are injurious to all who breathe them.
Enstrom also assembled evidence that claimed powerful UC professors systematically exaggerated the adverse health effects of diesel particulate matter in California,“knowing full well that these exaggerations would be used by the California Air Resources Board to justify draconian diesel vehicle regulations.”
Further, a lead author of a report from the CARB didn’t earn a UC Davis Ph.D. as he claimed but had purchased a fake degree for $1,000, Enstrom documented.
“Finally, Dr. Enstrom discovered that several activist members of the CARB Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants have exceeded the legislatively mandated three-year term limits by decades,” ACLJ said.”
“Enstrom’s Ph.D. from Stanford is in physics. He’s worked in the university system for more than 30 years. His difficulties started after his peer-reviewed inhalation toxicology report titled “Fine Particulate Air Pollution and total Mortality Among Elderly Californians 1973-2002,” the claim explains.
That study “found no relationship between PM2.5 (particulate matter) and total mortality in California,” the lawsuit said.”
It looks like UCLA fired the wrong professors no?
#2 Jun 15, 2012
What a place! Three lawsuits have been filed by senior UCLA professors against the University in just the last two months. all for similar issues (retaliation, discrimination, defamation). These disturbing cases come on top of two criminal cases against UCLA (including a wrongful death of a young lab technician). Professor Enstrom's case is just one of many at UCLA, where the accepted culture involves energy expended to sweep real problems under the carpet, with little time spent in reflection before the ethical mirror. It's time for UCLA to clean up its act, which will only happen after a full and open investigation. The public depends upon academic integrity and ethical leadership at its top universities. This is a serious leadership problem.
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