A University of New Hampshire biochemistry professor who has been embroiled in a dispute with another faculty member was cleared of criminal charges on Tuesday (October 23). The district court of Durham, N.H., cleared linkurl:John Collins;http://biochemistry.unh.edu/Faculty/Collins/index.html of criminal charges of disorderly conduct and stalking, Collins told The Scientist. The charges, which were filed on June 29, came after Collins, then chair of the biochemistry department at UNH, was linkurl:banned;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53383/ from campus in June after an altercation in the biochemistry building. After he had received a parking ticket outside the department building, Collins allegedly made threatening comments about another staff member, linkurl:Stacia Sower;http://www.unh.edu/biochemistry/sower/sower.html , the dean of research. "We feel that the verdict is certainly a vindication," said Collins, who gave his first public account of the incident at the trial. And the verdict showed that "the action of the University in banning me was for reasons that have been shown...

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