Geo Salzman's urging I support strongly. Even the funding for UC
thru the nuclear weapon labs has arguably done less harm to UC than the
geneCorps, and the attempted improper purging of Chapela is only the tip of
the damaging iceberg.
Gofman & Tamplin - of Livermore, but Gofman a respected 'biomed'
prof at UCB - were victimised for publicizing their crudely calculated
scales of harm expected in the event that the USA population get exposed to
the permissible dose rate (0.17 rem/y). But Chapela's work has been
wrongfully vilified because it is strong evidence of transgenes
proliferating biologically - not merely calculation but fact.
One of the menacing aspects of the Chapela victimisation is that,
his peers - the duly appointed professors able to judge his contribution
in teaching, research, & otherwise - having adjudged him suitable for
tenure, that assessment was over-ruled. Only if there are drastic, stated
reasons should that recommendation be over-ruled.
> Mexico, birthplace of corn, threatened by its contamination
> Scientist who first announced the danger threatened by firing
>the Chancellor of the Berkeley campus denied tenure. Prof. Chapela's
>position there is set to end on June 30.
> Prof. Ignacio Chapela of the University of California, Berkeley has been
> denied tenure by Chancellor Robert Berdahl after a protracted and irregular
> three-year process, despite the near-unanimous recommendations from
> experts within Berkeley and around the world in favor of tenure. He
> had the bravery to speak out against a $25 million research agreement
> biotechnology giant Novartis. After publishing research showing that
> DNA has contaminated native corn in Mexico, he withstood an
> industry-coordinated smear campaign.
> I know a fair number of the signatories, and fully
> endorse the message.
> --George Salzman, Professor Emeritus of Physics,
> University of Massachusetts at Boston.