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Space & Planetary Science

NAC Resignation Update

By Keith Cowing
August 23, 2006

NASA Chief Blasts Advisors, ScienceNow

“[Wes] Huntress says Griffin told him that his advice exceeded the council’s charge. “This is a different NAC. Our advice was simply not required nor desired,” Huntress told Science. The current council, he adds, “has no understanding or patience for the science community process.” Kennel, who had been named chair of the NAC’s science committee, was unavailable for comment, but Norine Noonan, a former NAC member and dean of math and science at South Carolina’s College of Charleston, called Griffin’s action “very distressing” for scientists. “If we can’t have a robust debate at the NAC level,” she says, “then where in the heck is it supposed to happen?”

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