My Statement


I’ve never said I’m a perfect scientist, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve designed and done experiments I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old syllabus are like them.

Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize. I’ve traveled the country talking about change for American Science, but my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving graduate students who’ve lost their fellowships, laid-off community college faculty whose jobs have gone to part-timers, and people from all walks of life who just want a better field station. I have gotten to know the great postdocs of our country, and I’ve been humbled by the faith they’ve placed in my chairing their thesis committees. I pledge to be a better statistician tomorrow and will never, ever let you down when you ask me to review a paper.

Let’s be honest — we’re living in Academia. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we’re facing today. We are losing our jobs, we’re less funded than we were eight years ago, and NIH is totally broken. Hadley Wickham and his kind have run our country into the ground.

I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Astronomers have actually abused women, and That Philosopher bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the Faculty Meeting on Sunday.


Photo by Michael Pereckas (CC BY 2.0).

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