Faculty members pushed back on University leaders’ criticism of an open letter authored by Stanford Medicine faculty criticizing Scott Atlas at Thursday afternoon’s Faculty Senate meeting. The Senate also approved changes to Stanford’s Title IX procedures following the release of new federal guidelines in May.
Ninety-eight Stanford faculty members with expertise in infection disease, microbiology, immunology, epidemiology and public health issued a statement on Sept. 9 calling attention to alleged falsehoods and misrepresentations espoused by White House adviser and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Scott Atlas surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
In the statement, Stanford faculty members noted that many of Atlas’ opinions counter established science, undermine public health authorities and create barriers toward generating effective public health policy.
In response to this open letter, Atlas, backed by the White House and President’s legal team, threatened to sue Stanford faculty for defamation.
“The fact that Atlas is now using one of Trump’s