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Thank you for covering this story. Glad Sabatini has found a great new home where he can advance science through his work. Prague is an incredible city, far superior to any American college town.

Meanwhile, American university professors, administrators, and students support terrorists and tear down posters of hostages with no repercussions. Only trustees can make changes, but do they have the courage? https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-get-into-harvard-open-letter-to-trustees

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The derangement of the US left continues in full force

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It's not like he had a relationship in the Oval Office with an intern and he was the President or something ? Oh wait ...

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First, this situation shows why it is REALLY DUMB to ever have a sexual relationship with someone with whom one works, because when one partner wants out and the other doesn't (which happens a lot), it can end up REALLY BAD and can devolve into "he said, she said." For many years, it was the junior person without power (usually a woman) who got "screwed" in more ways than one. Even women like me, who have been pressured to have sex by professors but refused, can get "screwed." (Luckily my calling their bluff didn't end in retaliation, most likely because they feared my very tall, muscular husband). This common toxic culture that was the norm for decades is what the NIH was trying to rectify per the cited article by Weiss: "So for years, universities and other research organizations often turned a blind eye to their superstars’ bad behavior for fear of losing multi-million-dollar grants. To correct this, the NIH amended its policy in June 2020. Moving forward, if principal investigators are accused of 'harassment, bullying, retaliation, or hostile working conditions' recipient institutions are obligated to alert the NIH, who would use the information to decide whether or not to reassign the grant. The NIH hoped to end the game of 'pass the harasser.' " I do believe in second chances, especially if witnesses support Sabatini's version of the lab culture not being one of abuse or harassment. On the other hand, I do NOT want to go back to "the good old days" when we females had to put with SO MUCH SH*T!

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I met my husband at work. Im forever grateful. 🥰

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Imagine a school that really looked at merit rather than constantly filtering everything through DEI fraudsters.

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Thank you for this. You are a brave truth teller.

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The longer I live, the more I realize just how fearful people are. Fear is the opposite of love.

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Would you want to work for a university or for that matter a company that can control your personal life?

Well done on Sabatini moving to Europe. Well done on your loss US universities!

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Well, pretty snooty of you to rank the University of Texas or Duke University as "mid tier" places where this accomplished guy might get quickly relocated. Great illustration of damning by faint praise? Both of those academic institutions are top rank in multiple scientific fields related to healthcare and both are loaded to the brim with research money.

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Too many university administrators and trustees are spineless parasites; willing to feed themselves but not willing to do the job they should be doing. One [of many] sad commentary on the character of America's elite class.

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So glad you've covered this. A glaring example of misguided moral leadership at a prestigious school. As other commenters point out, poor leadership by people of little courage and wisdom has gotten this country into a frightening mess. Bari Weiss illustrates this beautifully in her speech to the Federalist Society. Re Sabotini, that such a brilliant scientist would be removed from the laboratory, seems the epitome of misplaced morality -- also demonstrates a poor sense of justice and wisdom in deciding what is best for the institution and our country. We've seen this with Covid and now with Hamas. At least Prague had the wisdom (and guts) to hire someone who could advance western knowledge.

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Oh boy. The blue devils are coming after you, Dr. Prasad. Be prepared to be cancelled for calling Duke a 2nd tier (factually correct) school. The students will march to protest the physical violence in your statement. I meant that as a joke, but in the clown $hit show world we live in, I can see it happening EXACTLY the way I wrote it. SMH.

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I would say that it's not just any European city that is key here (i.e. not Berlin or Paris); it is specifically a former-Soviet country that remembers what being crushed and then re-crushed by the Soviet boot was like as recently as 1968, and freedom only gained in 1989. For a Czech Gen Z, her parents would have living memory of living under communism and are unlikely to put up with certain strains of bs coming through the universities.

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To me, this event smelled like a nothing burger when I read about it years ago. In retrospect it seems a “Russell brand” style punishment for not following rules of some game.

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Nov 13, 2023·edited Nov 13, 2023

FYI: 1 he resigned, 2 this letter says he did in fact have some career-influencing roles over the student which he did not relinquish.

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that Professor Sabatini has stepped down from his tenured faculty position at MIT. His resignation comes after Biology Department Head Alan Grossman, Dean of Science Nergis Mavalvala, and Provost Marty Schmidt conducted a review and recommended that Professor Sabatini’s tenure be revoked. Professor Sabatini notified me of his decision to step down before and without exercising his policy right to request that a faculty committee be formed to review the recommendation to revoke tenure and report to me on their findings and recommendation.

The reviewers found that Professor Sabatini behaved in ways incompatible with the responsibilities of faculty membership and that Professor Sabatini violated MIT’s Consensual Sexual or Romantic Relationships in the Workplace or Academic Environment policy. Specifically, the reviewers found Professor Sabatini engaged in a sexual relationship with a person over whom he held a career-influencing role, he did not disclose the relationship at any time to his supervisors, and he failed to take any steps to relinquish his mentoring and career-influencing roles, as the policy requires. The Committee also had significant concerns regarding his unprofessional behavior toward some lab members.

I know that this situation has been tremendously unsettling for many at the Institute. I am profoundly appreciative of those who brought these issues to light and hope that finding accountability will bring closure to those impacted by this difficult situation.

Sincerely,

L. Rafael Reif

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