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MIT was like a family when I started my faculty career in engineering here 30+ years ago, as one of a couple of dozen women. Incredibly supportive colleagues who helped me manage many professional and personal crises. I gained a lot of responsibility and felt very respected and valued by all my colleagues, including men. I was sexually harassed around the time of tenure, and the situation was swiftly and justly dealt with, making me feel secure that MIT believed in enforcing rules fairly and protecting the junior members of the community. Starting ~2005, MIT drifted into a universe of being run by lawyers and HR, with passive administration, allowing bullies to gain the upper hand, and I don't recognize it anymore. It is no longer a supportive place for women faculty, as rules are capriciously enforced depending on who is the BFF of the admins, and if you try to keep your head down, teach your classes, follow rules, and stand up for students and colleagues who are bullied by the administration (or other colleagues) - what a sucker you are. If you are a woman, and don't admit to being a victim of every imaginable slight, watch out...you are supposed to follow the narrative for your demographic. Step off the script and WHAM they will whack you back into place, hard.

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as soon as I saw the elicit student/ teacher relationship, I no longer had to read this. Glad he's gone from university. What don't people understand about power differentials.

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as soon as I saw the elicit student/ teacher relationship, I no longer had to read this. Glad he's gone from university. What don't people understand about power differentials.

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Did I miss something? What did he say or do that the NIH wanted him cancelled? Exactly what was the research he was working on? Certainly there is a reason behind all of this.

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"That ground-breaking research takes a backseat to an ideal of social purity, and that subjective truth is the only truth that matters." True.

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Lessons learned? Don't sleep with underlings. Don't brush off a woman as crazy, when you are relying on her to keep your secret.

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There is a well known quote from the documentary film maker Errol Morris that applies here:

“There is no truth for me or truth for you, there is only THE TRUTH.”

A truly terrifying tale.

The bell could toll for anyone next.

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Sep 10, 2022·edited Sep 10, 2022

Dr. Sabatini made a great mistake ( on lawyers' advice ) by resigning from MIT and elsewhere.

Gilding his already obvious status as a

persecuted victim was foolish.

Standing and fighting this pernicious institutional Stalinism is the only way.

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A woman scorned…… I feel sorry for him and when I read articles like this I thank God I went to university and law school

Before the rot set in.

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Great article. Hope his lawsuit is successful, though I would emphasize that blurring the lines between social and professional has always been inappropriate and now is down right stupid. He should have used better judgment.

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It's been about four months since I read this article, but I woke up this morning haunted once again by David Sabatini's story. Extraordinary competence meant nothing in the face of malicious accusations of sexual harassment. The old adage is right, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But that does not explain MIT's willingness to watch from the sidelines, as a new female director got rid of her main rival, the man who had been offered the job before her, and a young, pretty researcher with her own lab got revenge on the man who would not marry her. And now the world has lost one of the premier cancer researchers in the world, a man being watchd by the Nobel Prize Committe itself. This is the new MIT??? Maybe this is the new America. Petty, jealous, and only moderately interested in the job at hand.

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Knouse should be ashamed of herself.

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I discovered this web site after reading about Ca teachers indoctrinating kids about gender transition. My wife and I don't have kids, so I am an outsider looking in on that issue. I am concerned that our future will be controlled by the government push to indoctrinate children and taking away parents rights to raise their children.

This article hit home to me in so many ways. I have recently been diagnosed with Chronic Leukemia. I know that once you cross into your 60's, you know that you are living on borrowed time. I was a vineyard manager and exposed to lots of ag chemicals. The process of chemical registration is based upon scientific testing. What is scarry is that this process can be politicized. That is what I see here in this article. The capability of this researcher to help cancer patients like me is going to be wasted due to false political accusations ?

Thanks for laying out the details. It shows how hostage we are to the changes coming our way.

Hopefully Sabatini can find peace and move on from the past.

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I’m so angry about this. I went on an immature twitter tear up of several of the antagonists in this story. The worst are the ignorant NYU protestors, who like dogs hearing a noise, leap up to beat the pavement without even a second to consider what they might lose. Someone give this man some money and a job. Jeez.

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My heart goes out to David. As someone who was falsely accused of sexual harassment and publicly humiliated in a salacious NYT article, I can empathize with his struggle. Even after a year long investigation vindicated me, the internet is filled defiling stories, which can be overwhelming. As a yogi, there is only so much mindfulness that can be done… despair slowly creeps in…. What was the point of my life?  30 plus years of service to others all wiped out by false accusations. The organization I selflessly gave to for 20 years fears to defend me and stripped a number of my peers of their title to appease the mob. The unfairness of it all is maddening. Wokism, at its very least, causes mental health trauma in innocent humans who are forced to take responsibility for someone else’s feelings and actions. At its very worst, it is a racist and dehumanizing religion seeking vengeance to satisfy its bottomless pit of misery. David, you are correct, there is “only one truth.” Hold on to yours and tell your story . It provides strength to others, like me, who are struggling through recovery.

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So, so unsettling.

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