February 8, 2016

Chinese-American Hydrologist Terminated by US Government with No Evidence

Sherry Chen, a Chinese-American hydrologist, was terminated from her position at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after an investigation as a spy for China found no grounds for charges. The Committee of Concerned Scientists wrote to the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service at NOAA requesting that Ms. Chen be reinstated in her position as an hydrologist.  The  … continue reading >>

UAE Visa Denial to NYU Professor Ross Prompts Letter of Inquiry to Pres. Sexton

Andrew Ross, a professor at NYU, had been studying and critiquing labor practices in the Gulf. Ross' research focused on alleged exploitation of migrant construction workers at NYU's proposed campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). In March, his visa to continue his research was denied by UAE authorities. In view of NYU's agreement with UAE to respect to academic freedom at the proposed  … continue reading >>

2014 Annual Report

During 2014, the Committee of Concerned Scientists continued to advocate on behalf of scientists, academics, engineers and physicians. We wrote in concern for more than 30 individuals or groups of individuals, located in 11 countries. We generally addressed our letters to the heads of state, as well as to the ministries or local authorities with jurisdiction over the case when we were able to  … continue reading >>

In Response to CCS Letter, DOE’s IG Will Investigate James Doyle’s Firing

The Department of Energy's Inspector General will investigate whether James E. Doyle, a political scientist employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, had been fired in retaliation for publishing an article in which he differed with US Government policy concerning nuclear weapons. The Administrator of the National Nuclear Safety Administration of the Department, Frank G. Klotz, in his letter  … continue reading >>

CCS Urges NSF to Re-examine Charge Against Professor

Dr. Frances A. Córdova Director National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard, 1205 N Arlington VA 22230 Dear Dr. Córdova: We write now in concern for Dr. Valerie Barr. Barr, a Professor of Computer Science at Union College, was hired by NSF in 2013 for two years as program director in its Division of Undergraduate Education. A year later, according to ScienceInsider Magazine, she  … continue reading >>

CCS Joins Science Organizations
In Protest of DOE Firing Scientist

Colleagues protested the firing of James E. Doyle, a political scientist with 17 years of employment with the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) after he published an article written on his own time and with his personal views that questioned US nuclear weapons policy. The agency, that had reviewed the article before publication, claimed that material that had not been  … continue reading >>

Attorney General of Virginia Demands Data from Climate Change Scientist

Kennneth T. Cucinelli, Attorney General of the State of Virginia, required the University of Virginia to turn over data and scientific documents related to Dr. Mann’s climate change research between 1999 and 2005, to ascertain whether he committed fraud against Virginia’s taxpayers under state grants. There seems to be no basis to suspect any fraud, instead the move appears motivated entirely by  … continue reading >>

Misguided and Illegal Boycott

We wish to alert American Chemical Society members to a worrisome development: More than 190 faculty members and student groups at U.S. colleges have endorsed a boycott of Israel academics. The group promoting the boycott calls itself “U.S. Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel.” We are very concerned about this movement (both of us sit on the board of the Committee of Concerned  … continue reading >>