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, Tennessean.com, 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]

A Case for Tenure That Some See as Falling Short

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

“Neurobiologists say Amy Bishop did not actually have an exciting new idea for treating degenerative nervous system diseases like multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s. And her invention of a better petri dish did not seem like something that is needed or wanted in research laboratories …” (more)

[Gina Kolata, New York Times, 20 February]

Science and Violence: The Career of Amy Bishop

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

“1965: Born on April 24. 1986: Fatally shot younger brother with a shotgun at their home in Braintree, Mass. Police reported it as an accident …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February]

Amy Bishop’s Lawyer Suggests She Is Insane

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“The lawyer for Amy Bishop told the Associated Press Thursday that she probably is insane and does not remember the shootings in which she is accused of murdering three of her biology faculty colleagues last week at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The lawyer called Bishop ‘very cogent’ in their discussions, but also said that she has difficulties with reality, and he suggested that her actions last week were due in part to being denied tenure, after receiving a Harvard University education …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 19 February]

The Fatal Meeting: Death, Heroism, and a Campus Changed Forever

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“There were 13 people in the room that Friday afternoon. The meeting took place on the third floor of the Shelby Center for Science and Technology, a large, imposing building on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville. It was a classic departmental meeting, with talk of increased enrollment and who was going to teach which classes …” (more)

[Thomas Bartlett and Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 February]

Professors say tenure fights create high-stress situations

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“As the Amy Bishop investigation continues, local professors say that the sensational twists and turns in the case should not obscure the role that the intense competition for tenure seems to have played in last week’s shooting at the University of Alabama campus in Huntsville …” (more)

[Tracy Jan, Boston Globe, 18 February]

Students complained about prof charged in rampage

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“Students banded together to let administrators know something wasn’t quite right about Professor Amy Bishop. She taught by reading straight out of the textbook, never made eye contact and liked to remind people constantly that she went to Harvard. ‘We could tell something was off, that she was not like other teachers’, said nursing student Caitlin Phillips …” (more)

[Jay Reeves, Boston Globe, 17 February]

In Academic Culture, Mental-Health Problems Are Hard to Recognize and Hard to Treat

Posted in Life with tags , , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“The shooting deaths of three biology professors at the University of Alabama at Huntsville this month, allegedly by a colleague who had recently lost an appeal of her tenure denial, seemed to many observers to confirm the worst about faculty workplaces. In conversations on The Chronicle’s Web site and elsewhere, people have seized on the killings as evidence that academic life today is a petri dish for madness …” (more)

[Jennifer Ruark, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 February]

Overview of Rampage by University of Alabama Neuroscientist

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Amy Bishop, the neuroscientist at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, who allegedly opened fire at a faculty meeting on Friday after she was denied tenure, has prompted a flood of news about her violent past and the stresses of academic life. After she was accused of killing three colleagues and wounding three others, Bishop was charged with capital murder and attempted murder, making her eligible for the death penalty in Alabama if convicted. The story keeps getting stranger …” (more)

[Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Science Insider, 16 February]

Huntsville Official Tried to Calm Amy Bishop in Phone Call About Her Future

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“The head of the technology-transfer office at the University of Alabama at Huntsville says he tried a week ago to reassure an anxious Amy Bishop that the biology professor, now accused of killing three colleagues, could keep working on potentially profitable inventions even if she lost her tenure bid …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 February]

‘Heroic’ Professor Describes Actions That May Have Saved Lives

Posted in Life with tags , , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“Over the weekend, David B Williams, president of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, talked about the ‘heroic actions’ of a person who saved lives during the shootings that left three professors dead and three other people wounded. Mr. Williams didn’t offer a name because, he said, the person did not wish to be identified…” (more)

[Thomas Bartlett and Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 February]

The Task Ahead at Huntsville: Rebuilding a Shattered Department

Posted in Life with tags , , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“Even as they struggled to digest the news that a shooting had devastated the biological-sciences faculty at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, professors stepped up this weekend to offer support in a way that only they could: they volunteered to teach classes so students could complete the courses they need to graduate on time …” (more)

[Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 February]

Guidance for Handling Tenure Denial

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“We are reacting, individually and collectively, to yet another tragic act of campus violence. On February 12, Amy Bishop, a Harvard-educated assistant professor of biological sciences, allegedly opened fire during a biology department meeting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, killing three of her faculty colleagues and wounding two other professors and a staff member …” (more)

[Ann H Franke, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 February]

Accused Alabama Shooter Was a Bright Scientist With Career Ups and Downs

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Amy Bishop, the Alabama biologist accused of shooting six of her colleagues, three of them fatally, in a faculty meeting last week, has spent her career studying mechanisms that lead to the degeneration of neural tissues. That career has been moderately successful, at least as such things are conventionally measured, by publications, research grants, and praise from peers …” (more)

[Paul Basken and David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 February]