The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 2nd, 2015
Douglas Laycock of the University of Virginia has faced demands for
his research records from the political left. Deborah L. Swackhamer of
the University of Minnesota has gotten them from the political right.
But Mr. Laycock, Ms. Swackhamer, and other faculty researchers who’ve
been harassed for details of their finances and scientific activities
have one thing in common: They’re not sure what policy makers should do
"It’s tricky," said Mr. Laycock, a law professor, describing the
trade-off between ensuring academic freedom and assuring the public that
scientists are, in fact, objective. "I haven’t thought that through,"
said Ms. Swackhamer, a professor of science, technology, and public
policy, assessing where best to set the line in disclosing professors'