Talk about a chilling effect (no pun intended) – here’s an article from Chronicle of Higher Education – The Ticker – May 18, 2010:
More than 800 Virginia scientists and faculty members have signed a letter to the state’s attorney general, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, asking that he drop an investigation into the work of Michael E. Mann, a prominent climate scientist who was a professor at the University of Virginia before accepting a post at Pennsylvania State University at University Park. The letter, delivered today, calls the investigation “unfounded” harassment and says it “could undermine the effectiveness of not only climate scientists but also thousands of other Virginia researchers” by making them fear “unwarranted legal intimidation.”
Early this month Mr. Cuccinelli filed a broad civil investigative demand under Virginia’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act for information related to grants Mr. Mann sought for research while he was at the University of Virginia—research that was subsequently caught up in the so-called Climategate scandal over researchers’ stolen e-mail messages. Penn State found earlier this year that Mr. Mann had not falsified research data.
The University of Virginia has until May 27 to respond to Mr. Cuccinelli’s information request.