Author: fanismis

I was born in Canada, grew up in Greece, where I studied Biology. My Ph.D. was at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, in conjuction with the University of Guelph; I worked on reactive oxygen species within cells of the little Drosophila fly. I then moved to its handling of iron at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland; added copper, zinc, manganese and molybdenum during my first independent position at Queen Mary University of London; Presently my metal biology lab at the CINVESTAV del IPN in Mexico City is extending to the study of phosphorus, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, sodium & potasium thanks to the generosity of the Conacyt that enabled us with an inductive coupled plasma optic emmission spectrometer :)

wrong direction

After being dismissed ‘on grounds of redundancy’, Babis Magoulas and I took Queen Mary University of London at independent Employment Tribunals. Judge Foxwell heard the two cases and dismissed both. We then appealed, but only my appeal was upheld. I wrote 3 posts (here) criticising the Judgments in Magoulas v QMUL that, in my view, failed to serve justice. For a summary see “academic position, age discrimination and social justice“. I won’t rehearse again all arguments, but I was reminded today only of this one. In a piece where I claim that generating large surpluses at public Universities is wrong, I also suggested the Law should become clearer in demanding that Employers effecting dismissals should first demonstrate that their whole institution is in need of cost-cutting, since in the case of Babis, Queen Mary was operating on a surplus of £9-17M, claiming that its Medical School was £2M in deficit that justified the compulsory redundancies. I mention the above, because the new Head of School in my former department (who replaced this one) announced that the new Principal (who replaced this one) has made it clear he wants to increase the present £30M surplus to £50M…

The toxic environment has spread to many UK universities. Such spreading does not make it right. Colleagues need to organise, resist and revolt. (more…)

Για τον Φώτη Καφάτο

Πρώτη φορά γνώρισα τον Φώτη Καφάτο στο γραφείο του Ηλία Κούβελα, καθηγητή νευροφυσιολογίας (κάπου στο 1996 ή 1997), συναδέλφου της μητέρας μου στο τμήμα Ιατρικής του Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών. Ο Φώτης ήταν ήδη ιδιαίτερα γνωστός ως “ο νεότερος επιστήμονας στην ιστορία του Harvard που είχε λάβει τον τίτλο του καθηγητή” και ως ο πρώτος διευθυντής του Ινστιτούτου Μοριακής Βιολογίας και Βιοτεχνολογίας στο Ηράκλειο της Κρήτης. Ερχόταν όμως στην Πάτρα από τη Χαϊδελβέργη, όπου είχε αναλάβει τη διοίκηση του Ευρωπαϊκού Εργαστηρίου Μοριακής Βιολογίας (EMBL)!

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Apoyo a la Ciencia Experimental

Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto, Presidente de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos

Dr. José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Secretario de Hacienda y Crédito Público

Mtro. Aurelio Nuño Mayer, Secretario de Educación Pública

H. Congreso de la Unión

Dr. Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, Director del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología

A la Comunidad Científica

A la Opinión Pública

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