Brief note with links:
Yesterday I wrote a post on this matter for Brainstorm, but withdrew it thinking that it was “not of general interest” as they used to say in Cheaper by the Dozen.
Instead, I posted it on my Community Voices blog at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune website: “University of Minnesota General Counsel: Is Defamation Protected By Academic Freedom?”
Today I notice that there is a rather extensive article on the matter in the Chronicle: “In Request, Some U. of Minnesota Faculty Members See an Effort to Silence Critics of Research Ethics.”
Also, in another well known publication about higher education that will not be named, there is a short note and a link to the Star-Tribune piece.
Perhaps I made a mistake in not posting?