Judge: Scripps scientist told lies

JUPITER — A Scripps Florida cancer researcher has been barred from receiving federal research grants for three years because, investigators say, he published bogus data in scientific journals before he joined Scripps.

Philippe Bois, 40, an assistant professor in the department of cancer biology at Scripps Florida, “knowingly and intentionally falsified data” that appeared in articles in 2005 in The Journal of Cell Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity said last week .

“In publishing incomplete and inaccurate articles, Respondent Bois committed serious scientific misconduct,” Administrative Law Judge Carolyn Cozad Hughes wrote in a May decision.

A finding of research misconduct can lead to disciplinary action by a scientist’s employer and suspension of federal grants, NIH said. Scripps wouldn’t say whether any action has been taken against Bois.

Source: Palm Beach Post, read full article here

Charges dropped on two treesitters fighting Scripps Biotech

Two others prepare for trial

By Everglades Earth First!, originally from the Earth First! Newswire

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida— Four activists with Everglades Earth First! (EEF!) attended a court hearing May 18, 2011, related to the treesits in an ongoing campaign to stop the expansion of Scripps Biotech facilities into the Briger forest.

Two of the four, Brandon Block and Courtney Claar, have had their charges dropped.

The others, Russell McSpadden, a current editor with the Earth First! Journal, and Rachel Kijewski, a climb trainer with Everglades Earth First!, were offered a plea deal barring them from the property and requiring psychiatric evaluations. They are preparing for trial. According to the affidavits from their arrest, a Joint Terrorism Task Force agent is involved in the case.

Despite these legal obstacles, the campaign to stop Scripps Biotech from expanding continues on several fronts. And these activists continue to be on the front lines. For example, on May 1, 2011, Kijewski authored a response to the Biological Opinion by US Fish & Wildlife Service regarding the protection of federally protected species in the forest.

The group is inviting support in the form of donations for their legal battles ahead.

To read more background stories from the fight to stop Scripps and save Briger forest, click here


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