Enstrom sues UCLA “School” of Public Health — seems like a sure win

I am very grateful for Professor Carl V Phillips for this cut and paste from his blog http://ep-ology.blogspot.ca and is about Dr. James Enstrom’s fight with the University California, Los Angeles.

If I can refresh your memories Dr. James Enstrom and Dr. Geoffrey Kabat were the authors of “Environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality in a prospective study of Californians, 1960-98.” Using the data from the American Cancer Society (ACS), paid for by  the “Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, a University of California research organisation funded by the Proposition 99 cigarette surtax (www.ucop.edu/srphome/trdrp)  and the Center for Indoor Air Research, a 1988-99 research organisation that received funding primarily from US tobacco companies.”

The conclusions were not what the anti tobacco organisations wanted. Despite finding that ACTIVE smoking was as bad as previously thought the Conclusions for environmental tobacco smoke were not on message: “Conclusions The results do not support a causal relation between environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality, although they do not rule out a small effect. The association between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and coronary heart disease and lung cancer may be considerably weaker than generally believed.”

Dr. Enstrom then went onto review lung cancer and exposure to diesel emissions. The research was paid  for by The Electrical Power Research Institute to analyse 30 years of air pollution data. His  analysis,  showed that diesel had no effect on mortality after the initial ten years of the study, is now being used by industry trade groups in their letters to the EPA arguing against a tighter standards.

He also exposed the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a bunch of self serving, exam fiddling, overstaying charlatans. “Hien Tran, fraudulently stated that he had a Ph.D. in statistics from U.C. Davis.  Mr. Tran never received his degree from U.C. Davis but instead bought a Ph.D. for $1,000 from diploma mill Thornhill University, an institution not recognized by CARB.” Also Enstrom pointed out that fellow UCLA professor John Freunds had been on the CARB committee for 26 years when that position carried a three year term limit.  “The point is to rotate professors on and off of those panels so that there is always fresh thought,” state Dr. Enstrom  pointed out that several of the CARB scientific panel members had long outstayed their legal terms of office, 5 of the 9 panel positions were turned over to new scientists.”

Professor John Freunds, no doubt a little peeved had Enstrom fired for “research not aligned with the academic mission.” After working for one year without pay, with the help of The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Dr. Enstom is suing them. His case is water tight in my opinion as “UCLA’s actions were so extreme that its own Academic Freedom Committee unanimously expressed its concern about the case.”

Please go and have a read of Carl’s post.


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6 Responses to Enstrom sues UCLA “School” of Public Health — seems like a sure win

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Heres what happens to scientists that dont tow the line that second hand smoke is real!

    Epidemiologist James Enstrom’s appointment ended today because his research on air pollution did not align with the department mission and failed to reach funding requirements, according to a June 9 layoff notice from Richard Jackson, environmental health sciences department chair.

    Enstrom contended that the short explanation given for his nonreappointment is invalid and filed an appeal on Friday.
    “When (people) make an outrageous statement like my research isn’t aligned with the mission of the department … it’s patently false,” said Enstrom, who has worked at UCLA’s School of Public Health for more than 34 years.

    The stated mission of the department is to study the relationship between environment and health, according to its website.

    Citing the confidentiality of personnel issues, various representatives from the School of Public Health did not comment on the matter but emphasized that the potentially controversial content of Enstrom’s research was not the reason for his layoff.

    “The nature of research results, political views or popularity are not appropriate factors and are not considered when evaluating individuals for reappointment,” said Hilary Godwin, associate dean of academic programs in the School of Public Health, in a written statement.

    Held in suspense

    James Enstrom is anxiously anticipating this day, yet hoping for his circumstances to change.

    Jackson notified Enstrom he would be laid off on Feb. 10, when funding for his position would end in April. In May, the department faculty voted against his reappointment, Enstrom said. On June 9, he received a second layoff notice that extended his term to June 30.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Dave I have no Idea what happened to the rest of the post I had on Dr enstrom! It wont repost

  3. Tony says:

    Thought this might be of interest:

    Yet another academic fired for being sceptical:

    “Professor fired after expressing climate change skepticism.

    Oregon State University chemistry professor Nicholas Drapela was fired without warning three weeks ago and has still been given no reason for the university’s decision to “not renew his contract.

    Drapela, an outspoken critic of man-made climate change, worked at the university for 10 years.



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