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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Hmm… Susan Greenfield fired? “The RI … is struggling with a financial crisis following a £22m development programme masterminded by Greenfield.” Probably for the best then. Just a shame the first woman in charge utterly screwed the institution’s finances.

  2. Directors of non profit institutions are generally given the responsibility of being the primary fund raiser above anything else and ultimately being responsible for the bottom line. I’m the board president of a small non profit organization which is solvent and within its budget. Were that not the case I would resign and consider my efforts a failure.

  3. Greenfield wasn’t fired, she was made redundant. The distinction is very very important, particularly relating to her lawsuit. Redundancy is when a job role is no longer required, regardless of who is doing that role and what their performance is like. You do not make a person redundant, you make a role redundant, and as such that role cannot exist again (for a period of 12 months usually).

    So Greenfield’s performance is irrelevant, other than in the long-winded manner of “she presided over the refurbishment that led RI close to bankruptcy, and that bankruptcy is the reason the role is now redundant (i.e. they can’t afford a full-time director, or are scaling back activities to the point where one is no longer needed).

    If I get time I’ll write a full post on this issue because it’s an important one, not least because if she can prove gender discrimination, the resulting payout could well see the end of the RI, which would be a massive blow to UK science.

  4. The Keanu Reeves story is really sad. I know someone who had a similar delusion – not about Keanu Reeves, but that the father of her children was not the father of her children. Fortunately with treatment she’s stable and pretty much back to her old self, but it was a horrible ordeal for her, her husband, and their kids. It sounds like the Keanu Reeves lady wasn’t so lucky.

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