As corporate interests have overtaken the University research networks the standards for public safety have been bent and broken to improve profits. This is hardly a first at UofTexas.
By EMILY RAMSHAW / The Dallas Morning News
AUSTIN – A veteran national security expert hired to make safety improvements in University of Texas research labs has been fired, less than a year after he took the job.
Dr. Harold "Woody" Davis said he's being forced out because university scientists, some of them working with infectious agents and toxic chemicals, complained he was overzealous with his safety measures.
Though he was brought on to oversee compliance in UT's research program, he said, university officials resented him for what he found: badly monitored experiments, disregard for federal reporting rules, and under-trained students working with dangerous agents.
"If I had a kid here, he or she would not be working in these labs," said Dr. Davis, who is returning to a job at a government agency in Washington. "There were serious concerns they asked me to address. But ultimately, they didn't want to address them."
Campus officials say Dr. Davis, a physician, attorney and civil servant whose career spans several federal security agencies, is being terminated for "performance, communication and personnel issues" – not for being a safety watchdog.
Links below to the last round of accidents that weren't a U of T coverup and the critics and charges that were squelched then.