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标 题: 一个大牛轰然倒下，因其严重的行为违规。
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所谓大牛，应该是学术界某个领域的领军人物之一，即名教授 -- 当然是铁牛。哥大的
Behavioral ‘violations’ cost prominent neuroscientist positions at
By Meredith WadmanMar. 8, 2018
Prominent Columbia University neuroscientist Tom Jessell, 66, has been fired
for “serious [behavioral] violations” and the university is closing his
lab, the New York City institution said in a statement yesterday. The Howard
Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Chevy Chase, Maryland, which effectively
employed Jessell, a leader in understanding neural development, also
terminated him as an investigator last week because he “violated HHMI
policy,” according to a statement from the institute.
Neither institution will reveal Jessell’s transgressions or say what
policies he violated. Columbia said only:
Columbia has ended the administrative positions of Dr. Thomas Jessell and
will be winding down the Jessell lab at [Columbia University Medical Center]
. These decisions follow an investigation that revealed serious violations
of University policies and values governing the behavior of faculty members
in an academic environment. The University will fulfill its responsibility
to close the lab in a manner that both preserves valuable research and helps
those involved to continue to pursue their careers. Dr. Jessell has been
out of the lab since the investigation began.
The university would not specify when the investigation began or who
conducted it and HHMI would not say whether it conducted its own
investigation or relied on Columbia’s findings.
A university official said that the lab, whose website in January listed 10
staff, two graduate students, and 10 postdoctoral students, will wind down
over the coming 15 months.
HHMI has supported Jessell’s research since 1985, the same year that he
moved from Harvard University to Columbia. The institute terminated him on 2
March. Kathryn Brown, chief of communications at HHMI, said that the
termination was “unrelated to review of his science.”
HHMI investigators are formally employees of HHMI although they remain
physically at their home institutions. Jessell is also a Claire Tow
professor in the departments of Neuroscience and Biochemistry & Molecular
Biophysics at Columbia, and was co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia’s neuroscience institute, created
in 2016. Today, his co-directors Eric Kandel and Richard Axel, are the only
ones featured on the institute’s website.
Columbia has not stripped Jessell of his tenured professorship in
neuroscience; removing a tenured professor at the university requires a
series of steps involving the faculty affairs committee. These are outlined
Jessell did not respond within several hours to an email requesting comment.
He met with his lab staff and students to break the news to them earlier
A leading expert in neural movement control, Jessell, a U.K. native who
completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, conducted pioneering
studies that identified mechanisms involved in the neural development and
organization of the spinal cord. He shared the $1 million Kavli Prize in
Neuroscience in 2008, the first year that the prestigious awards were made.
The foundation noted the far-reaching, foundational nature of his work: “
The principles of circuit construction that have emerged from Jessell’s
studies in the spinal cord are now known to apply throughout the brain, and
in particular they have helped to explain, in molecular terms, how different
parts of the cerebral cortex acquire their specialised character.”
Jessell’s trainees include prominent neuroscientist and president of
Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who did
not respond to a request for comment.
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