Biology dept. embroiled in controversy

Department chair at the University of New Hampshire on administrative leave for disorderly conduct

Andrea Gawrylewski
Jul 18, 2007
The chair of the biochemistry and molecular biology department at the University of New Hampshire has been banned from campus and is facing criminal charges after a violent outburst last month.John Collins - chair of the department for two years -- was charged with disorderly conduct and had a restraining order issued against him on June 29 after allegedly making threatening remarks about Stacia Sower, dean of research.On June 28, Collins received a parking ticket for leaving his car in the loading zone of the building for more than 30 minutes. According to the police report (as read to The Scientist by Sower's attorney, Stuart Dedopoulos), Collins entered the building shouting angry comments about Sower and insinuating that she had called the police about the parking violation.According to witness statements in the police report, Collins took the elevator to the third floor, where he kicked a trash can...

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