Dr Ernest Ludwig Eliel (1921 – 2008)

Dr Ernest Eliel, a past-president of the American Chemical Society, passed away in Chapel Hill, NC, on Thursday evening. Dr Eliel was 86.
eliel.jpgHis obituary notes:

Born December 28, 1921, in Cologne, Germany, Dr. Eliel was the son of the late Oskar and Luise Tietz Eliel. He moved to the United States in 1946, and received a Ph.D degree from the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign in 1948. Dr. Eliel lived in South Bend, IN, where he taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1948 until 1972, at which time he moved to Chapel Hill, where he was the W.R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the North Carolina Award in Science in 1986, and received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Duke University in 1983 and from Notre Dame in 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Eva Schwarz Eliel; his daughters, Ruth Eliel and Carol Eliel both of Los Angeles, CA; and his grandsons, Ben and Sam Muller.

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The most idiotic statement (thus far) on UCSC attack

I started this post a couple of times early this morning but kept having to walk away from the computer in disgust and disbelief.
Regular readers know that I don’t usually throw personal or demeaning statements around lightly. But today’s Santa Cruz Sentinel follow-up article on the home invasion of a UC-Santa Cruz breast cancer research and her family (during her daughter’s birthday party) contains the most ridiculous, heartless, conspiratory statement I have heard thus far from an animal rights activist:

[Peter] Young*, a Los Gatos native who served two years in a federal prison for releasing thousands of mink from Midwest farms, told the Sentinel Tuesday he had no involvement in Sunday’s incident and said no one at his talk indicated they were planning any activity against a UCSC faculty member. . .
. . .He said the case seemed to be a “P.R. smear campaign by vivisectors to discredit the work of activists. I’m quite sure somebody didn’t try to break into the house. We’re against violence.”

You have got to be kidding me. Is this insensitive cretin truly deluded into the belief that a researcher would stage an attack on one’s family to stage a “smear campaign?”
[*Note to the Santa Cruz community: This is NOT the same person as Dr A. Peter Young, an award-winning member of the UCSC physics faculty.]

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Animal rights terrorists reportedly behind UCSC faculty home invasion

I just received this news from Americans for Medical Progress with a link to the Santa Cruz Sentinel reporting on the home invasion last evening Sunday of a UC-Santa Cruz breast cancer and neurological disease researcher:

UCSC researcher targeted in attack – animal rights activists believed to be behind home invasion
26 February 2008 0645am Eastern
The news is disturbing, and if indeed the violent fringe of the animal rights movement is behind the attack, it represents a serious and criminal escalation in its tactics used to harass researchers. AMP joins others in the research community in condemning this home invasion and attack. We will continue to monitor the situation and report as developments occur.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel has related stories on its website, including coverage of the police raid on a home of some believed involved in the attack. The newspaper is certain to update its coverage as the day goes on: www.santacruzsentinel.com. The University of California Santa Cruz has issued a statement, as you will read below, but as of this writing it has not been posted to its website: www.ucsc.edu .

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