Lab revokes honors for controversial DNA scientist Watson
NEW YORK (AP) — James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist who lost his job in 2007 for expressing racist views, was stripped of several honorary titles Friday by the New York lab he once headed.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory said it was reacting to Watson's remarks in a television documentary aired earlier this month.
Atomic power scholar voted top Illinois scientist
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A University of Chicago scholar who led the construction of the first nuclear reactor and helped develop the first atomic bomb has been selected as Illinois' top scientist in history in an online vote.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials say free speech and campus culture will be the focus of the school trustees' annual retreat this summer.
The plans come amid controversial speakers facing backlashes at campuses nationwide, The News-Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/2rZR0Ov ).
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has cancelled plans to host a talk by Nobel Laureate James Watson after faculty raised concerns about his discredited views on race and intelligence.
Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson told The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2pWXY4C ) the center dropped plans to host the scientist before a date had even been set.