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Re: Aetogate: new review
The Albuquerque Journal has an article on the museum's review in today's
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Saturday, February 23, 2008
"Ethics Panelist Calls Museum Flap Baseless" By John Fleck
Copyright Â 2008 Albuquerque Journal; Journal Staff Writer
"Scientific ethics charges against a state government researcher are
baseless, according to a Colorado scientist brought in to help arbitrate the
"(Norman) Silberling wrote a letter to state officials Monday declaring
Lucas' innocence, three days before the review panel's meeting."
See and wonder at the letter:
This would be funny if it weren't such a serious case. Some quotes from
"Itâs difficult to believe that Parker and/or Martz or their associates
t prime Naish to initiate his accusatory blog site knowing that all sorts of
slanderous, unsubstantiated bile would result. From this, itâs apparent that
an interconnected group of mainly young, un or under -employed workers
(including both Parker and Martz) has for whatever reasons a strong grudge
Lucas and the NMMNH&S."
"Enlarging on Lucasâs responses, if any unethical behavior took place, it
was by Parker who based his 2007 paper on specimens collected and prepared by
the Museum and who did this without approval by Lucas, the Museumâs
"The Museum Board also might take some constructive action regarding the
editing and review process related to the Museum Bulletin. This strikes me as
the real target of the complaints by Parker, Martz, and the other young bucks
(and at least one doe) associated with them."
"As a final suggestion to the Museum Board, I think it would be useful for
you or the Board to send whatever final public report is prompted by this
Executive Committee discussion to Parkerâs supervisor at the Petrified
National Park. That person should be interested in how his or her employee is
serving the scientific community and the public. Sincerely [signed] Norman J.
See also the updates at Mike Taylor's
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