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No tenure, no food

MIT stem cell researcher threatens unprecedented hunger strike after alleging he was denied tenure because of his race

Ishani Ganguli
An African-American associate professor of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has vowed to go on hunger strike if he does not receive tenure, alleging that it was denied because of his race.James Sherley has been appealing the school's decision for nearly two years, and plans to camp outside the Provost's office starting on February 5 until he receives tenure and Provost L. Rafael Reif resigns. If neither occurs, "I will die defiantly," he said in an Email to colleagues. "I will go as far as I can because [racial bias] is not just a problem at MIT," Sherley told The Scientist. A statement from MIT asserts that the school has a "well-established procedure for reviewing and granting tenure to faculty," and officials are "confident it was followed with integrity in this case." The statement adds that an independent review by senior faculty members...

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