Regular Retraction Watch readers may recall a remarkable story from January involving Harvard’s Lee Rubin and one of his graduate students. As we reported in Science at the time, the graduate student, Gustavo German, said he had been subjected to a forced psychiatric evaluation as “an act of revenge by Rubin, retaliation prompted by German’s allegation of scientific misconduct against Rubin and two of his students.” And a judge “agreed with German, concluding [last August] that Rubin was ‘motivated by bias and revenge, not by a legitimate interest in keeping German safe.'”
That led to a restraining order that required Rubin to remain 100 feet from German at all times — including in the lab where German was working on his PhD.
Today, we have an update on the story, also in Science: “At Harvard, extraordinary court battle between Ph.D. student and prominent researcher grinds on.” As our Alison McCook writes:
Nearly a year after Elizabeth Fahey, a Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, ordered Harvard in August 2016 to allow German to work in Rubin’s lab to complete the final months of his degree, German still does not have his Ph.D.—and Harvard has moved to kick him out of the university.
Read the whole update here.
You can also read the July 7 court memoranda referred to in the story, and a Harvard response from July 10. You’ll see that Justice Elizabeth Fahey doesn’t hold back:
- Revised order
- Memorandum of decision and order on Harvard’s motion for reconsideration of its request for a stay
- Memorandum of decision and order on Rubin and Harvard’s motion to dismiss the case
- Memorandum of decision and order on German’s emergency motion for an order disallowing administrative proceedings
- Harvard’s response
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