From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**cs.com>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Nelson & McClellan comments Re: [DCHAS-L] [New post] UCLA professor Patrick Harran elected as a AAAS fellow
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:08:10 -0500
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Oversights, once recognized, cannot be left standing on the basis that someone had a right initially to nominate someone. That's bizarre.
Oversights must be corrected. Even if AAAS only became aware later that they nominated someone who clearly breached professional ethics, AAAS now is guilty of making a statement by letting this nomination stand.
And the passive "whatya gonna do?" coming from some AAAS people is not acceptable. All of the information about the complex AAAS procedures that led to this nomination are procedural steps that should be immediately revisited and revised so this cannot happen again.
1) the nomination should be withdrawn with an apology, and
2) the nominating procedures that resulted in a failure to consider all relevant data on candidates should be rewritten.
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
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From: Doug Walters <waltersdb**At_Symbol_Here**EARTHLINK.NET>
To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Sent: Sun, Dec 13, 2015 10:05 pm
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Nelson & McClellan comments Re: [DCHAS-L] [New post] UCLA professor Patrick Harran elected as a AAAS fellow
Unfortunately oversights happen. Thank you for your honesty. I agree with your assessment and the comments of Dr. McClellan.
It is time for the scientific community to realize that no individual or organization can be outstanding unless their safety actions, policies, and programs are also outstanding.
This realization and commitment is overdue.
Safety should be a component in all scientific job descriptions, evaluations and institutional policies and programs.
Douglas B. Walters, PhD, FACS
Past Chair, CHAS
On Dec 13, 2015, at 1:13 PM, Dr Donna Nelson wrote:
I agree with most of what is written below. I was sent the link to
view the nominees for AAAS Fellow in chemistry. I do recall viewing
them and voting to approve all of them. I did not notice Patrick
Harran's name among the list. Happily, the list of ACS fellows in
chemistry is long enough that it it easy for a name to get buried
there. I suspect that this may have been the case for some others who
scrutinized the list. Regardless of how we each feel individually,
those who nominated him had the right to do so.
It is good to know exactly how this situation arose, in case we want to
avoid it in the future. Perhaps it is more productive to discuss what
do we do now. What do the rules allow? It is possible to re-examine
the nomination? And what do the Chemistry Section officers want to
do? As a council delegate from the Chemistry Section, I would be happy
to participate in such a discussion.
On 12/12/2015 11:59 AM, Roger McClellan wrote:
It is my
understanding that the AAAS Chemistry Section Steering Group has the
key "gate keeper" role in the AAAS Fellow election process. Those
individuals, taken from the AAAS web site are -
Bursten, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Carol J Burns,
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Mallouk, Pennsylvania University
Robinson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
University of Michigan
UC - Santa Barbara
University of Southern California
Michael P Doyle,
University of Maryland
opinion, it is this group of individuals who must ultimately take
responsibility for the election of Harran as a AAAS Fellow. I would
assume many, if not all, of these individuals are members of the ACS
(and, perhaps ACS Fellows) and regularly receive C and E News which
has covered the tragic death of Harran's student. I note that one of
the Steering Group members is a UCSB faculty member who must certainly
have been aware of the Harran case. One individual is on the USC
faculty and must have known of the Harran case through extensive media
coverage in LA. To date, apparently none of these individuals have
spoken out on this matter. Two other University of California faculty ,
Sheila S David, UC-Davis and Galen D Stucky, UC-Santa Barbara, are
members of the AAAS Chemistry Section Electorate Nominating Committee
and likely have links to the ACS and certainly have been aware of the
Harran case from within the UC system. It has also been noted that
Donna J Nelson , in the ACS Presidential chain is a AAAS Chemistry
Section Council Delegate.
I do not
personally know Harran. I will assume he is an honorary individual
caught up in tragic events and must have known and condoned the
submission of his nomination. If so, he should, in my opinion,
have requested that the sponsors of his nomination not go forward with
the nomination. At this late juncture, he would be well-advised to not
accept the AAAS Fellow Award which, as I understand it, will be
formally presented at the AAAS Annual meeting in January , 2016.
As I noted
earlier, it is apparent that a major gulf exists in the chemistry and
scientific community at large over the role of safety in scientific
teaching and scientific work. Now is the time for the real leaders in
chemistry to step forward as champions for a major change in attitudes
and practices with regard to safety.
The section head
recently ran for ACS President
A member of the BoD is ACS
Dr. Donna J. Nelson, Professor
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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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2016 American Chemical Society President
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