FOX NEWS — The story of how a chemical company in Pennsylvania was forced to declare bankruptcy is a story about chemistry and chemistry grad students at the University of Pittsburgh, and it was all the fault of a professor who wrote a toxicology paper.
In a recent column for The Washington Post, James D. Hill wrote that it is possible to teach chemistry without understanding chemistry.
“The first thing you need to know is that the science of chemistry is not a science of laws.
It is a science based on mathematics, statistics, and probability.
It is a physics of probabilities and statistics,” Hill wrote.
“It is not science in the way that some students would prefer to be taught, but it is science.”
The chemical burn that destroyed the company in 2012 was the result of a paper by Mark S. Blunden, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
It described a reaction that occurred in a gas at 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, but the researchers said it was impossible to get any meaningful reaction without the aid of heat.
The professor had published the work as a thesis, which means he could not be fired.
The company did not name the professor, but Blundin is the subject of an investigation by the Pennsylvania State University.
The school has since paid the professor $8,500 to leave the department, but he has since resigned from the department.
The university also has paid $20,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a professor of chemical engineering who said he was fired after he complained about the research.
A spokesperson for Eastman said in a statement that the company was “aware of the allegations” but did not comment on the specifics.
The spokesperson added that the university would “not comment on personnel matters.”
“We will work to address these concerns,” the statement said.
A copy of the letter sent to the faculty by the university said the university is committed to the safety of all of our faculty and staff, including the professor.””
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A copy of the letter sent to the faculty by the university said the university is committed to the safety of all of our faculty and staff, including the professor.
“We are very concerned that the Professor’s actions have created a climate of intimidation, fear and fear-mongering that is counterproductive and has the unintended consequence of undermining the integrity of our institution,” the letter read.
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In the midst of this turmoil, the university’s students, faculty and alumni must be able to learn from one another, not be intimidated, and work together to build a safer and more equitable community.”
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