Archive for murder

Amy Bishop – a murder suspect’s worth to science

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“Amy Bishop, neuroscientist, inventor, murder suspect, has become bigger than life, a symbol for those who think that genius is close to madness, or that women cannot get ahead in science, or that tenure systems in universities are brutalising – or even that progress against fatal diseases is so important that someone like Bishop should be set free to pursue cures …” (more)

[Gina Kolata, University World News, 28 February]

East Stroudsburg U. Suspends Professor for Facebook Posts

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Gloria Y. Gadsden, an associate professor of sociology at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, was escorted off the campus on Wednesday because of jokes she had made on her Facebook page about wanting to kill students …” (more)

[Mary Helen Miller, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February]

Did Amy Bishop Kill Because Women Are Screwed in the Workplace?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“Last week, I talked about Amy Bishop on the ‘Slate Political Gabfest’. Bishop, of course, is accused of shooting and killing three of her colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. She also has a history of violence. But there’s another aspect to the story: Before the shooting earlier this month, Bishop was denied tenure and filed a gender-discrimination suit …” (more)

[Emily Bazelon and Sam Thomas, Slate, 25 February]

Pressures on US academics should not be imported here

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 February 2010 by Steve

“On Friday, February 12th, Amy Bishop, assistant professor of biology at the University of Alabama, allegedly shot and killed three colleague professors and wounded three others. This terrible act was apparently in reaction to the news that she had not been granted a tenured position and, consequently, she would soon lose her job …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 25 February]

RateMyProfessors and Amy Bishop

Posted in Life with tags , , on 25 February 2010 by Steve

“… Bishop’s pages at RateMyProfessors are also interesting. At first sight they look quite impressive with a total score of 3.6 out of 5, fifth best in her faculty, and 3.4 for clarity and 3.7 for helpfulness. But there are some oddities. The user comments start with three excellent reviews, one on 26 May, 2009 and two on 19 May. A little odd. Back in June 2004 there were also two rave reviews posted on the same day …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 24 February]

Alabama deaths throw spotlight on tenure process

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“While the circumstances behind the deadly shooting at the University of Alabama-Huntsville remain unclear, the Harvard-trained neurobiologist accused in the rampage was upset about being denied tenure – the academic world’s highly coveted form of job security. The emerging profile of Amy Bishop suggests deep-seated emotional problems and a history of violence. But her vocal displeasure about being rejected in the period leading up to the attack has cast a spotlight on the increasingly pressure-packed quest for tenure at American colleges …” (more)

[Eric Gorski,, 19 February]

Amy Bishop: why no red flags were waved

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“Neurobiologist Amy Bishop, charged with killing three faculty colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, had a squeaky-clean public record despite several brushes with the law. There’s more than one reason her record didn’t follow her. After the bloodletting at the university, police ran a background check on Bishop, who they suspect of methodically gunning down six colleagues, killing three. ‘Nothing came up’, said an Alabama police official …” (more)

[Patrik Jonsson, University World News, 21 February]