Monday, May 23, 2011

Circle Jerks

Remember Donald Rapp, the guy who, well, let's be nice, had a lot of stuff in a book he published, that, just by coincidence was exactly the same as other stuff that appeared in the Wegman Report (if you don't know what this is about is go over and take a look at Deep Climate on Rapp, Wegman and everything else) and, in the words of the limerick the question was who had copied and pasted what from whom. Well, as time passed it turns out that Rapp, who was an adjunct at USC (he had earlier retired from JPL where he held a senior position, these guys are the real emeriti) was invited not to reapply at USC without explaining himself, so he left some spittle on the video monitor and huffed off.

Ah, you say young bunnies, that explains the Jerk in the title of the post, but what about the circles. Well, it further turns out that the editor guy who accepted the Said and Wegman paper that has now been thrown out (withdrawn is, shall we say a minced version of reality) for plagiarism, Stanley Azen, is also Assistant Dean of Research Integrity. At USC.

Eli closes with Deep Climate's question

Is your head spinning in this hall of mirrors yet?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your summary version of this post doesn't make any sense

Cymraeg llygoden said...

Might one say, then, that Donald's received a Rapp across the knuckles?

Get's hat...

EliRabett said...

Anon, this is Rabett Run, obscure is what Eli does.

Anonymous said...

What about those polygons?

John mashey said...

Well, I don't obscure like Eli, so see 17-pager @ DeSmogBLog.
Put coffee down first before reading Wegman's email.

Steve Bloom said...

Eli, what anon means is that there's a glitch, er, that is to say Blogger "feature," in the front page version of the post that somehow cuts out about six lines of text.

EliRabett said...

Got it, Eli thinks.

Anonymous said...

Actually, some stuff is still missing on the home page.

cRR said...

Not spinning are the mirrors in any case.

Russell said...

Anon, what's the problem with sophisticated one dimensional polygons?