Fired after discovering soft dino tissue.
From Jennifer Kabbany at College Fix:
A creationist scholar recently received a six-figure settlement from California State University Northridge, a payout that resolved a 2-year-old lawsuit that alleged the scholar had been fired after discovering soft tissue on a triceratops horn and publishing his findings.
Armitage, who has some 30 publications to his credit and is past-president of the Southern California Society for Microscopy, was hired by the university in early 2010 to manage a wide variety of oversight duties for the biology department’s array of state-of-the-art microscopes, court documents state. He also trained students on how to use the complicated equipment.
In the summer of 2012, while at the world-famous dinosaur dig at Hell Creek Formation in Montana, Armitage discovered the largest triceratops horn ever unearthed at the site — complete with soft fiber and bone tissues that were stretchy.
He published his findings, first in the November 2012 issue of American Laboratory magazine, which published images of the soft tissue on its cover, and then online in February 2013 in the peer-reviewed journal Acta Histochemica, according to court documents.
The lawsuit contends that’s why Armitage’s employment at Cal State Northridge was terminated, with one professor allegedly storming into his office and shouting: “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!” More.
It seems that Armitage’s religion had come up with some evidence the U didn’t want to have to face, let alone rebut. Perhaps he can use the money wisely.
But science today is under pressure at the highest levels to turn away from evidence-based reasoning and falsifiability. When all you do is work for the Man, all you need to do is fill in the paperwork, right?
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See also: Nature’s sneery summary of creationist fossil hunter Mark Armitage’s wrongful dismissal suit against California State U
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