I know too many of the people involved in this to be less than flabbergasted. It is also a good example of theme Streisand Effect.
Getting ready to come in and help with today’s Undergraduate Open Day today at Cardiff University, I checked Twitter this morning and found a number of tweets about a shocking news story that I feel obliged to comment on. The astronomy community in the United Kingdom is fairly small and relatively close-knit, which makes this case especially troubling, but it does have far wider ramifications in the University sector and beyond.
I don’t usually link to stories in the Daily Mail, but you can find the item here. The report relates to a libel action taken by Professor Mike Bode of Liverpool John Moores University against Professor Carole Mundell, a former employee of that institution who is now Head of the Astrophysics group at the University of Bath. Carole Mundell is a highly regarded observational cosmologist who works primarily on gamma-ray bursters and their implications for cosmology. The case revolves around…
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