Only a couple of the former University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) faculty members who challenged their terminations made in the aftermath of last year's Hurricane Ike have won their appeals in what some are calling "show trials," although some of the defeated professors have been rehired to the same or similar positions.
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"The way that the whole thing was set up and executed, I think it was a farce," linkurl:Roger Vertrees,; a former non-tenure track associate professor of surgery who had his appeal denied, told __The Scientist__. Last November, following the devastation wrought by the September hurricane, UTMB declared a financial crisis and laid off thousands of employees, including 124 professors, 30 of which appealed their terminations. As of June 1, when linkurl:Texas Faculty Association; advocate and blogger George Reamy requested the results of the appeal hearings, 18 cases had been decided. Of these, only two faculty...

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