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"Youth should be radical. Youth should demand change in the world. Youth should not accept the old order if the world is to move on. But the old orders should not be moved easily -- certainly not at the mere whim or behest of youth. There must be clash and if youth hasn't enough force or fervor to produce the clash the world grows stale and stagnant and sour in decay."

-William Allen White

THE NEWS FLOW

Oct. 20, 2009. Documents obtained by the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Email exchanges between President Allan Rock and publisher of the Ottawa Citizen Jim Orban reveal how the University of Ottawa controls the media.

Monday, February 23, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: RANCOURT STUDENTS ASK THE UNIVERSITY TO STOP


Tuesday, Feb 24, 11AM
Tabaret Hall Foyer


On December 10, 2008, the University of Ottawa summarily, without notice consultation or due process, closed the laboratory of Professor Denis Rancourt, locking out its researchers, seizing equipment and derailing years of award winning scholarship in nanoparticle physics. As a result of this ill-conceived plan, post Doctoral researcher Meizhen Dang's employment was terminated after twelve years of dedicated research assistance. Master's student Sean Kelly lost nearly six years of specialized research in the area of ferromagnetism and Master's student Joseph Hickey has been bullied by the administration to abandon his fully funded NSERC research project under Professor Rancourt.

"Academic excellence and freedom at the University of Ottawa are under a profound attack when the administration takes a personal dislike to a certain professor" according to Joseph Hickey. "I came to attend the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at this University on a fully funded scholarship to work with a leading world expert in physics, not to be coerced and treated with such disdain."

"Every day that we are locked out of our research jobs, the value of our scholarships diminish and the likelihood of regaining our research momentum decreases rendering the prospects for our scientific careers more doubtful," explained Sean Kelly.

For Meizhen Dang, she is concerned about the lack of consideration and disrespect shown to longstanding researchers at the University of Ottawa. "Had I known that after a decade of work I would end up by being unceremoniously locked out of my lab and having my research seized despite producing internationally recognized and award winning scientific results, I would have left this environment years ago. What have I done to deserve this?"

After their requests to return to their academic supervisor and laboratory research group fell on deaf ears, the postdoctoral researcher and graduate students will file a joint claim against the University and the Dean of Graduate Studies, Gary Slater for monetary damages relating to breach of contract and misfeasance in public office. On February 24, 2009 at 11 a.m., in the lobby of Tabaret Hall, these students and researchers will announce their plan to take legal action against the University. In so doing they also hope to encourage a broad ranging discussion on the fall out of the University's crack down on scientific research and scholarship, which may encourage greater transparency in administrative procedures and basic respect for the students and researchers who are the lifeblood of academic excellence within the institution.

(by Yavar Hameed)

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

seems like the Dean of Graduate Studies was just hit by the Peter Principle:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Principle

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Let's approach this purely on sound logic since this is after all spurred on by a rejected physics masters thesis.

If you're not in science and engineering, you MUST stay out of this conversation. Analysis of the validity of a science/engineering thesis is not up for grabs from arts and social sciences majors.

Now that we're all on the same page - has anyone read his original thesis? The work that began this whole debacle?

Well, I assure you, if you're versed in science and engineering, you would conclude that Kelly is not deserving of a masters degree, nor even deserving of the opportunity to defend his thesis. One cannot allow just anyone's work to be published as valid scientific research. Science does not espouse free speech. It espouses free inquiry and if that inquiry proves fruitless, you accept that and try, try again. What Mr. Kelly did was fail to understand the physical sciences and attempted to squeak by with what one can only describe as a poorly written history essay. Kelly was even given the opportunity to revise his work - can you imagine? But, being the lazy pseudo-scientist he is, he decided the path of least work and most exposure was for him.

I feel pity for Kelly, because someone, somewhere during his studies should have shown him what science is about: free inquiry and not free speech. An opinion in science is not automatically validated - it requires painstaking research to build a mountain of evidence to prove your case. Failing to do so is precisely that - failure. Science does not reward failure UNLESS you use that failure as a stepping stone to learn something true.

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