Experimental Biology 2002
At the FASEB Meeting, New Orleans, April 23, 2002

On April 23, 2002, at the Experimental Biology Meeting held at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Bernofsky presented elements of his case and discussed the interplay of institutional ethics, labor laws, civil rights issues, and judicial conduct that directly impacts professors and scientists at universities and other research institutions.  Of the more than two-dozen individuals who attended the poster session, 15 signed the petition to amend the recusal law.  No one from Tulane attended.

Prior to the meeting, FASEB [1] had quietly withdrawn Bernofsky's abstract so that it was neither indexed nor published in its journal [2].  When questioned about the omission, FASEB officials claimed the abstract was "incomplete" — a shallow pretext inasmuch as other authors of incomplete abstracts were notified and able to revise their abstracts well in advance of the publication deadline.  When Bernofsky reminded FASEB officials that their action violated society bylaws, they relented and printed Abstract 998 without revision, although instead of distributing it along with other "late breaking abstracts," they stacked it on a side table at the convention center.

  1. FASEB = Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, an umbrella organization of many constituent scientific societies, including the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), of which Bernofsky has been a member since 1971.

  2. "Abstracts," The FASEB Journal, Vol. 16, Nos. 4 & 5, March 2002.

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