Saturday, August 20, 2016

Those Perfidious Chemists

News from the wild world of chemistry associations:
Members of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) are reacting with puzzlement and shock after learning that the results of a recent online leadership election have been thrown out because of voting irregularities—raising concerns over possible manipulation.

Counting revealed far more votes than there are members of the organization, according to an internal newsletter sent to SBIC members last week. One candidate received four times the number of votes as there are members of the group, it noted. (SBIC’s total membership was not available as this item went to press.)

The cause of the flawed voting isn’t clear, but “the results appear to have been manipulated,” Michael Hannon, president-elect of SBIC and the chair of chemical biology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, wrote in the 9 August newsletter. “As you might imagine we are all quite shocked by this,” and the “executive officers have concluded (with a heavy heart) that since we can have no confidence in the ‘results’ there will have to be another ballot.”
What will those wicked professors get up to next.


G. Verloren said...

I'm amused that "Biological Inorganic Chemistry" is a thing.

Sure, it makes perfect sense when explained properly (studying the effects of inorganic materials on biological ones), but at first brush it sounds like a fantastic self-contradiction.

Shadow said...

Well, I guess they need voter id (digital signatures) :-)