rabble wrote:Charles Monnett, who first publicized polar bears dying of exhaustion after being stranded between melting patches of Arctic sea ice, has been suspended on suspicion of "possible scientific misconduct."
well, that was fun.
The polar bear scientist who has spent more than a month suspended from his government job has now been told that he should report back to work on Friday — although NPR has learned that his job is changing and he will no longer manage federal contracts.
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/25/139953618 ... rk?ps=cprs
After a month of 'investigation' that turned up nothing, he can't go back to his old job. Plus, he still has this hanging over his head:
Huh? sounds like a political attack against someone who raised 'inconvenient' issues."The return of an employee to work does not suggest that future administrative actions cannot/will not be taken," Schwartz added.
And now the investigators are being investigated!
Monnett was defended in this investigation by 'PEER', who released this press release
The leave was ordered by BOEM Director Michael Bromwich who reversed himself after the agency was informed that its top officials, including Bromwich, are now under investigation by Interior’s Scientific Integrity Officer for breaking new departmental scientific integrity rules designed to protect researchers from political interference as alleged in a PEER complaint filed on Dr. Monnett’s behalf.