Climate Sceptic sacked from Macquarie University was Banned By National Science Foundation For “Deceptive Conduct”

Below is a partial reprint from the always excellent Graham Readfearn on the sacking on the recent sacking of one Professor Murray Salby. It comes via Desmogblog.

Before that, let’s look at how the deniers hoped to framed the incident.

Without doubt, they see Salby as victim of a great injustice and have taken to their blogs to decry both his dismissal and the implied censorship of dissenting voices in science.

Anthony Watts harrumphed :

Just last week we heard that Dr. Robert Carter had been blackballed at his own university where he served as department chair, and now we have this from Dr. Murray Salby, sent via email. 

Between John Cook, Stephan Lewandowsky, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, plus Mike Marriot and his idiotic ideas, I’m beginning to think Australia is ground zero for AGW crackpottery. 

This email’s accusations (if true I have independent confirmation now, title changed to reflect this – Anthony) is quite something, it illustrates the disturbing lengths a university will go to suppress ideas they don’t agree with. So much for academic freedom at Macquarie University. 

Thanks for that Anthony, I note the personal insults continue (/wink).

He also dismisses Australia as a land of crack pots. Mr Watts dismissal of myself and 20 odd million Australians is typical of his grandiosity (/wink, wink, wink, wink… and wink in case you missed the irony and implied humor of that sentence Mr. Watts).

Perth’s resident climate sceptic and conspiracy theorist Jo Nova has kicked her sense of outrage into overdrive. She also sneeringly dismisses Macquarie as an educational institution:

I suggest that a university of this type (if that is what Macquarie is) would train good bottle-washers, but not researchers who break new ground.

I’m sure those comments help Salby’s cause no end.

However it would seem Salby has a less than spotless past, as Graham notes in DeSmogBlog post:

A CLIMATE sceptic professor fired from his Australian university for alleged policy breaches had previously been banned for three years from accessing US taxpayer-funded science research money. Dr Murry Salby, sacked in May by Macquarie University in…

Dr Murry Salby, sacked in May by Macquarie University in Sydney, was the subject of a long investigation by the US National Science Foundation.

The investigation, which was finished in February 2009, concluded that over a period when Dr Salby was working at the University of Colorado, he had likely fabricated time sheets in relation to research paid for through NSF money.


And so Salby was fired his previous role at the University of Colorado for “deceptive conduct”:

We conclude that the Subject (Dr Salby) has engaged in a long-running course of deceptive conduct involving both his University and NSF. His conduct reflects a consistent willingness to violate rules and regulations, whether federal or local, for his personal benefit. This supports a finding that the Subject is not presently responsible, and we recommend that he be debarred for five years.

One wonders how the deniers will responds to this?

Prediction: more claims of conspiracy (/wink).

18 thoughts on “Climate Sceptic sacked from Macquarie University was Banned By National Science Foundation For “Deceptive Conduct”

  1. Rachel says:

    Dissenting voices who don’t bother turning up for lectures are self-silencing.

    It looks like he’s past his Salby date.

  2. john byatt says:

    “One wonders how the deniers will responds to this?’

    well it will be just more evidence confirming their cognitive bias that he is being censored for not understanding the conservation of mass

  3. john byatt says:

    Ironic? as reported in the WSJ

    hey wait a minute, maybe there is no pause to report Jo?

  4. james says:

    A correction to your title please. He was sacked by Macquarie University, which is in Sydney, not ANU (Australian National University), which is i Canberra

  5. Well, here’s one USA ‘crack pot’ right there with you.

  6. Bernard J. says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve last visited these pages, but I’m pleased to see that their scrutiny of Denialism is as acute as ever.

    I am firmly convinced that in the real world Salby’s reputation will be somewhere lower than the Mariana Trench by the time the last motes of dust have settled on this sorry contrivance of a ‘scandal’. The only real scandals here are Salby’s outrageous misbehaviour both before and (increasingly apparently) during his time at MacU, and the rabid misrepresentation of the affair by the denialist crowd.

    Joanne Codling’s latest effort is particularly amusing – according to her Salby’s lack of productivity stems from MacU not giving him any work to do, or (also according to her) giving him work that is beneath him. This is just plain bananas – an Australian university would not import an academic from the US simply to warm a seat and to mark student papers. Seriously. If his renegade views on carbon dioxide were the issue, he should at least have been productive prior to the university cottoning on and ‘sidelining’ him: and if they sidelined him from the outset why would they have employed him in the first place?

    And if Salby had enough contact with actual scientific work to squeeze out the two papers that he did manage to publish whilst at MacU he should bloody well have had the opportunity to (co)author more. Heck, if he was as under-utilised as Codling claims he was, he would have had all the time in the world to write dozens of papers in whatever subject he might choose, fly them into the dodgy end of the peer-reviewed literature, and no-one in the administration would stop him. Academics don’t need a note from their Heads of Department to publish…

    Of course, that sort of behaviour is picked up in the ERA process, so it can’t be played for too long. But Salby couldn’t manage even that.

    There’s no conspiracy here. Salby didn’t cut the mustard, and after five years he was invited to bestow his expertise elsewhere. The Denialati will forever be afflicted with a cognitive scotoma about this truth, and forever remember a fantasy of persecution rather than the simple fact that they were once more (consistently and predictably) wrong.

    And one side note about one of Codling’s posters – a MacU “insider”. This “insider” keeps referring to the chancellor as if it is the chancellor’s responsibility to oversee such matters, but this is simply wrong. Chancellors are largely ceremonial – it’s the VCs who participate with Departmental heads in matters of academic performance. Codling should know this, and the fact that she’s permitting whomever is this “insider” to torture representation of the administrative chain to so do is a poor reflection on her character.

  7. John Mashey says:

    Needless to say, the breathless by the blogging bozo brigades stopped rather quickly after this and this on the 12th.

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