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Panel Absolves Climate Scientist [Dr. Michael E. Mann.....]
New York Times ^

Posted on 02/03/2010 1:04:54 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Panel Absolves Climate Scientist By JOHN M. BRODER

WASHINGTON — An academic board of inquiry has largely cleared a noted Pennsylvania State University climatologist of scientific misconduct, but a second panel will convene to determine whether his behavior undermined public faith in the science of climate change, the university said Wednesday.

The scientist, Dr. Michael E. Mann, has been at the center of a roiling dispute arising from the unauthorized release of more than 1,000 e-mail messages from the servers of the University of East Anglia in England, home to one of the world’s premier climate research units.

While the Penn State inquiry, conducted by three senior faculty members and administrators, absolved Dr. Mann of the most serious charges against him, it is not likely to silence the continuing controversy over climate science. New questions about the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to which Dr. Mann was a significant contributor, have arisen since the hacked e-mail messages surfaced last November.

That faculty board did not look into the science of climate change itself, the university said in announcing its results. That, it said, is “a matter more appropriately left to the profession.”

Dr. Mann was named in 377 of the e-mail messages, including several that critics took to suggest that he manipulated or destroyed data to strengthen his case that human activity is changing the global climate.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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Academia, what a joke.......
1 posted on 02/03/2010 1:04:54 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Below is a list of reasons the International Climate Hoax Group is different from the old Supreme Soviet:

1.... uh...

2 posted on 02/03/2010 1:06:23 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Sub-Driver

This was a given being the vast majority of academia is liberal/progressive.


3 posted on 02/03/2010 1:06:50 PM PST by cranked
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To: cranked; Sub-Driver

Please explain on which charge(s) you think he should have not been cleared...and why.


4 posted on 02/03/2010 1:08:49 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hmmm....academics passing on the sins of another academic. And imagine that! They absolved him! Kind of like doctors ruling on malpractice of other doctors, lawyers’ disciplinary commissions, cops investigating cops....

Nothing to see here, just move along....


5 posted on 02/03/2010 1:10:55 PM PST by henkster (A broken government does not merit full faith and credit.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I think they stopped teaching integrity some time ago.


6 posted on 02/03/2010 1:11:01 PM PST by topfile
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To: Sub-Driver

Gee, you — you — you don’t suppose Penn State gets any FEDERAL GRANT MONEY do you???

NAAAAAAHHHHHH...


7 posted on 02/03/2010 1:11:55 PM PST by Dick Bachert (DUU)
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To: Sub-Driver
the fox reports on the hen house: No problems here, all is well. No further action needed. Burp.
8 posted on 02/03/2010 1:12:29 PM PST by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Academia...circling the wagons.


9 posted on 02/03/2010 1:12:48 PM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: Gondring
Frank Nitti testified that Alphonse Capone was an honorable man, never lied, cheated, killed anyone and paid his taxes.

The jury agreed with the defense, and Mr. Capone was acquitted.

The glove don't fit, they did acquit.

Nothing to see here, move along.

10 posted on 02/03/2010 1:13:22 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Sub-Driver

PSU...what a joke.

Pennsylvania State Legislature (you know...our overwhelmingly Dem body?) will they look into this malfeasance and outright fraud at one of our state schools?

I know, I know...I crack myself up sometimes too.


11 posted on 02/03/2010 1:14:06 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (BOOM! Taste my nightstick! Sarah, making Shatner sound Shakespearean.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Whitewash


12 posted on 02/03/2010 1:18:10 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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To: Gondring

Please explain which charges he should NOT have been absolved of?

Are you refuting that he was wrong?

Are you refuting that academia is tainted, not objective, peer-reviewed amounts to a buddy system and that it is largely a liberal infestation and cesspool?


13 posted on 02/03/2010 1:18:14 PM PST by cranked
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To: Sub-Driver
"An academic board of inquiry has largely cleared a noted Pennsylvania State University climatologist of scientific misconduct, but a second panel will convene to determine whether his behavior undermined public faith in the science of climate change"

So he did nothing wrong and now they want to see if what he did do woke up the sleeping masses.

Two words. Peer Review of work is needed.

Can the "experiment" be repeated by a whole new team without communication with the tainted pool?

Can we run the model in reverse and "guess" what the temperatures are going to be at different points in the past 200 years?

14 posted on 02/03/2010 1:22:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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To: Sub-Driver

In truth both PSU, Mann and the NYT truly qualify as teabaggers. Teabaggers as I understand the expression describes a “ball sucker”. A more apt description of this inbred northeastern elite circle jerk of a commission could not be found. The funny thing is that probably all the participants are actual teabaggers. I believe this is what they call projection?


15 posted on 02/03/2010 1:22:49 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: JPG

ACORN’s internal review found nothing wrong too!


16 posted on 02/03/2010 1:23:21 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This was an amazingly brilliant PR announcement.

They create 4 potential wrongs he may have done knowing that 3 of the 4 are ridiculous. This provides face saving for the university.

They absolve him of three of the 4 and can declare that he is mostly cleared so that the public stops watching and moves on. Heck he is 3/4 pure, who among us can claim that we are 3/4 pure?

But those scientists who believe Mann has done irreparable harm, there is still a problem and Mann is it. Mann will continue to be under pressure from his peers and this second investigation will stand aside while Mann’s peers continue to take him apart and he resigns. Then this new committee will announce his guilt.


17 posted on 02/03/2010 1:26:45 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: Gondring

Charge of first degree hockey stick fabrication:

Why? Withholding data and processes from public review to keep them from figgering out what he did.


18 posted on 02/03/2010 1:29:21 PM PST by Rippin
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To: Raycpa

EXACTLY! bttt

Penn State report on Mann: new investigation to convene.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/02/03/penn-state-report-on-mann-new-investigation-to-convene/#more-16007
3 02 2010

The report is out, and further investigation is forthcoming.

Excerpts from the report are below, where they considered 4 allegations. They say only one had merit. That will be the subject of the upcoming investigation.

Excerpts:

“It is clear to those who have followed the media and blogs over the last two months that there are two distinct and deeply polarized points of view that have emerged on this matter. One side views the emails as evidence of a clear cut violation of the public trust and seeks severe penalties for Dr. Mann and his colleagues. The other side sees these as nothing more than the private discussions of scientists engaged in a hotly debated topic of enormous social impact.

We are aware that some may seek to use the debate over Dr. Mann’s research conduct and that of his colleagues as a proxy for the larger and more substantive debate over the science of anthropogenic global warming and its societal (political and economic) ramifications. We have kept the two debates separate by only considering Dr. Mann’s conduct.”

“Decision 4. Given that information emerged in the form of the emails purloined from CRU in November 2009, which have raised questions in the public’s mind about Dr. Mann’s conduct of his research activity, given that this may be undermining confidence in his findings as a scientist, and given that it may be undermining public trust in science in general and climate science specifically, the inquiry committee believes an investigatory committee of faculty peers from diverse fields should be constituted under RA-10 to further consider this allegation.

In sum, the overriding sentiment of this committee, which is composed of University administrators, is that allegation #4 revolves around the question of accepted faculty conduct surrounding scientific discourse and thus merits a review by a committee of faculty scientists. Only with such a review will the academic community and other interested parties likely feel that Penn State has discharged it responsibility on this matter.“

An investigatory committee of faculty members with impeccable credentials will consider this matter and present its findings and recommendations to Dr. Henry C. Foley within 120 days of being charged. The committee will consist of the following five faculty members:

1. Dr. Mary Jane Irwin, Evan Pugh Professor, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering;
2. Dr. Alan Walker, Evan Pugh Professor, Department of Anthropology and Department of Biology;
3. Dr. A. Welford Castleman, Evan Pugh Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Physic;
4. Dr. Nina G. Jablonski, Head, Department of Anthropology; and
5. Dr. Sarah M. Assmann, Waller Professor, Department of Biology.

Ms. Candice Yekel, as Director of the Office for Research Protections and as the University’s Research Integrity Officer, will provide administrative support and assistance to the committee.

The investigatory committee’s charge will be to consider what are the bounds of accepted practice in this instance and whether or not Dr. Mann did indeed engage in, or participate in, directly or indirectly, any actions that seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research or other scholarly activities.

Read the report here (PDF) http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/02/03/penn-state-report-on-mann-new-investigation-to-convene/#more-16007
3 02 2010


19 posted on 02/03/2010 1:29:27 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: a fool in paradise

FYI: “Peer review” is completely broke per the analysis of Climategate emails. Mann et al pressured the journal editors to NOT publish skeptic papers, so then they could say that it wasn’t peer reviewed. This complete circle jerk by maybe two dozen AGW crooks has destroyed climate science and any notion that “peer review” makes it right. Read the authoritative analysis here:

Climategate Analysis
http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/climategate_analysis.html

Acclaimed Climategate Analyst points to whistle blower rather than hacker
http://www.climategate.com/acclaimed-climategate-analyst-points-to-whistleblower-rather-than-hacker

Dr. Costella, in his analysis, “Climategate Analysis,” has now published what is widely regarded as the best review of all 1,000+ emails and other documents contained in a 62MB upload to a Russian Internet server on November 19, 2009.


20 posted on 02/03/2010 1:34:13 PM PST by enviros_kill (Counter the culture and the oppression of regression)
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To: Sub-Driver
But the Penn State inquiry board said the term “trick” is used by scientists and mathematicians to refer to an insight that solves a problem. “The so-called ‘trick’ was nothing more than a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion by a technique that has been reviewed by a broad array of peers in the field,” the panel said.

Also there is the "Journal of Irreproducible Results" article on how to choose the right type of graph paper to produce the results you want (random data can be made to appear linear with circular graphs, runaway numbers level off with logrithmic paper, etc.).

http://komplexify.com/epsilon/2009/02/03/the-right-graph-paper/

21 posted on 02/03/2010 1:35:41 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“...faith in the science of climate change...”

Great way to put it! Global warming is a faith. The real damage is what global warming is doing to science.


22 posted on 02/03/2010 1:35:43 PM PST by pallis
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To: Sub-Driver

Call 60 Minutes.


23 posted on 02/03/2010 1:36:16 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: enviros_kill

It’s a trillion dollar scam. The grifters can skim a lot off of that as Western wealth is funneled to Third World dictatorship in the name of global “equality” for St. Gaia.


24 posted on 02/03/2010 1:37:16 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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igi (01:03:23) wrote: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/02/03/guardian-climategate-exposes-the-real-process-of-science-its-jealousies-and-tribalism/

Breaking! news:

Climate skeptic Ron Armstrong of Hoquiam, Washington has today learned from Penn State University that they are exempt from the Freedom Of Information Act and Pennsylvania’ s Right To Know Law

http://www.climategate.com/breaking-penn-state-says-they-are-exempt-from-freedom-of-information-act


25 posted on 02/03/2010 1:38:07 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Thieves Declare Thief's Honor In Tact"


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

26 posted on 02/03/2010 1:44:17 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“....a second panel will convene to determine whether his behavior undermined public faith in the science of climate change, the university said Wednesday.”

Does this have the smell of a religious inquiry for spreading heretical beliefs to anyone besides me?


27 posted on 02/03/2010 1:44:35 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: henkster

The NYT says he was absolved. Here is more, not from the Times;
http://republicans.oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=525:issa-praises-penn-state-university-finding-in-investigation-of-key-climategate-scientist-&catid=27:latest-news


28 posted on 02/03/2010 1:52:51 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Sub-Driver
"An academic board of inquiry has largely cleared a noted Pennsylvania State University climatologist of scientific misconduct"

"faculty board did not look into the science of climate change itself, the university said in announcing its results."

Oh Please! If they didn't look into the science, then how could they clear the man of cheating the science?

Looks like just another fraud and hoax against the public is being covered up with cow dooky.

29 posted on 02/03/2010 2:09:05 PM PST by GloriaJane (Pro-Choice = Pro-Death........ Pro-Life = Pro-LIFE!)
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To: Sub-Driver
...whether his behavior undermined public faith in the science of climate change, the university said Wednesday.

Hooo Hooo Hooo Hooo, Haaa Haaa Haaa Haaa, Heee Heee Heee Heee!

Not hardly.

30 posted on 02/03/2010 2:29:05 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Science:exploring the mystery of universe. Scientism:wearing labcoats and getting grants.)
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To: wildbill
"public faith in the science of climate change"

indeed, this sounds like the Grand Inquisitor seeking to stop anyone or anything that could be seen as a threat to the "public faith"

how about whether Michael Mann spoke and behaved so as to undermine the public RESPECT for the practices of scientists per se..... or look at how he is revealed in his own emails and those of his close friendly colleagues to be a total embarrassment to the proper pursuit of scientific learning???
31 posted on 02/03/2010 2:30:14 PM PST by Enchante (Obamanation: are you really concerned about "foreign" campaign donations? Let's see all of yours!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
The plural of IPCC reports is not data.

Cheers!

32 posted on 02/03/2010 7:42:29 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: cranked
I asked very specific questions.

You reacted to this news, so I inferred that you disagree with the findings. I asked which.

For example, he provided the data that some had claimed he'd destroyed. Should he have been found guilty anyway?!?

I hold Dr. Mann in extremely low regard, yet I concur with the findings on this group of the charges.

33 posted on 02/04/2010 12:51:39 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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