Friday, February 27, 2015

For the Record: AAHRPP Final Report With Prefatory Note and Cover Letter #Markingson

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This is really depressing reading for a Gopher alum ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

For the Record: UofM faculty concerns about status of independent [sic] review of clinical trials, #markingson

February 25, 2015

Dear Vice President Herman and Professor Durfee,

We are writing to you to express our grave concerns regarding the status of the AAHRPP’s review of clinical trials at the University of Minnesota. We have been informed that the AAHRPP has submitted a draft report to the administration prior to the release of the final report, which is due to be released no later than Friday, February 27, 2015.

Vice President Herman assured the public (and directly told some of us) that the administration would have no involvement in what was specifically meant to be an independent report. Yet the submission of a draft report to the administration prior to the release of a final draft opens the door to accusations that the administration exercised inappropriate influence on the content of the final report and hence jeopardizes the integrity of the independent review. The appearance of impropriety is reinforced by the lack of transparency regarding the administration’s access to a draft prior to the release of a final report. This unfortunate development undermines the central purpose of the report: to restore trust in the University.

To restore faith in the integrity and independence of the review, the administration should do the following:

1. Publicly release every draft of the report that was shown to anyone in the administration

2. Provide a public explanation for any changes that were made between the initial and subsequent drafts that were sent to the administration

The administration’s handling of this process threatens to undermine further the institution’s credibility with the legislature and the public. Full transparency is essential to address these concerns and ensure the credibility of the review.


Teri L. Caraway, Associate Professor, Political Science

Francis Harvey, Associate Professor, Geography, Environment, & Society

Amy Kaminsky, Professor, Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

Rick McCormick, Professor, German, Scandinavian, & Dutch

William Messing, Professor, School of Mathematics

David Pellow, Professor, Sociology

Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor, American Studies

Naomi Scheman, Professor, Philosophy

JB Shank, Associate Professor, History

Karen-Sue Taussig, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Monday, February 23, 2015

For the Record: Former Governor Arne Carlson Letter to the Legislature Concerning False Claims by University of Minnesota Administration

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For the Record: Letter to Star-Tribune Editor about UMore Park

The following letter was published on February 23, 2015

Change in course is years too late
The University of Minnesota administration has finally been thinking about turning off the spigot after $12.5 million has gone down the UMore Park drain (“U changes course on UMore,” Feb. 13).
Just think how many students could have received a college education with the use of those funds.
Even worse, the gravel mining at the Dakota County property presents a risk to the agricultural research that has produced hundreds of millions of dollars for the state economy.
For years, Bill Gleason and other professors were ringing alarm bells. But the senior administrators and the regents ignored the warnings. Now they walk away without any personal accountability.
Each biennium, the citizens of our state invest more than $1 billion in the U in general appropriations. With that much at stake, the Legislature should appoint a watchdog to monitor on a continuing basis the operations of the university and the use of state appropriations.

Michael W. McNabb, Lakeville

Friday, February 20, 2015

For the record: Open Letter to Minnesota Legislature from Student Member of University of Minnesota Regents Concerning Relationship between Regents and University of Minnesota Administration

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

For the Record: Open letter of former Governor Arne Carlson to the Minnesota State Legislature concerning the Markingson matter

Former Governor Arne Carlson, a great supporter of the University, makes some remarks about the Markingson situation.  He also suggests that ultimately the legislature is responsible for this matter and makes suggestions for better monitoring of the Board of Regents.

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