Some Resolution for “Climategate”

February 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm 5 comments

Michael Mann, the prominent climate researcher and director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, has been largely cleared by the University of wrongdoing in the so-called “Climategate” scandal.

In a report released this morning, a panel of University administrators found no evidence of professional misconduct in three of the four allegations—accusations that he hid or falsified climate data; deleted emails or information tied to British climate scientist Phil Jones; or misused privileged information—brought against Mann. On the fourth allegation—essentially, the question of whether Mann fudged his research findings—the panel decided it lacked the expertise to make a definitive call. The investigation will be passed on to a new panel, made up of five high-level faculty in engineering and the sciences, who will review the evidence and announce their findings in the next four months.

You can read extended takes on the story from the The New York Times here, and from The Chronicle of Higher Education here.

And you can read Mann’s statement on the findings here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Steve  |  February 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I am dumbfounded that Penn State can tolerate a professor that not only falsifies his data, but who also is part of a conspiracy with others to hide such data from the public, and who defamed other credible scientists! Your actions to not discharge Mr. Mann has not only cheapened every Penn State Alumni’s Degree, but has put our professional integrity under suspect. As an Alumni of Penn State, I will do everything that I can do to publicly illustrate your failure to remove a professor that has disgrace all of Penn State!

  • 2. Dean Talks Climate Change «  |  April 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    […] me. It was that even though climate change has become a contentious issue, with Penn State professor Michael Mann at the heart of the recent Climategate episode, it wasn’t glossed over. William Easterling, […]

  • 3. Michael Mann Cleared in “Climategate” Case «  |  July 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

    […] February, Mann was cleared of most allegations in a case that has become an international symbol of the contentious debate over global climate […]

  • 4. Bob Krieger  |  July 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Ryan: Your headline is misleading. The fourth allegation is the most serious, as it seems to indicate academic fraud. So the ‘panel of scholars’ decided to kick the can down the road and hope most people will forget by the time the second panel issues its findings. I expect better from Penn State. A sad day for academic integrity.

  • 5. Dean Schaefer  |  August 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    There is nothing contentious about it. The geological record simply does not back up anything the Global Grifters are saying and every geologist knows it. Mann should be invited to leave EMSci.

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