Submitted by White Rabbit
The following post provides a snapshot and transcription of the efforts to solicit information on the activities of AAS members in good standing, Dr. Timothy Slater (Full Member), and Dr. Stephanie Slater (Corporate and Full Member). These documents clearly indicate that these efforts are connected to the AAS Astronomy Education Board, and are specifically intended to damage the careers of these members.
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> on behalf of Gina Quan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016 10:45 AM
Subject: Collecting info about Slaters/ Astro SH
I received this message from Alice Olmstead <email@example.com> regarding taking action against the Slaters. Please feel free to pass it along to any others who may have been affected.
My thoughts are with you in these difficult times.
If you feel comfortable passing this along to whoever was sharing stories about the Slaters at AAPT, the Astronomy Education Board of the AAS is collecting evidence about them in order to write a statement from the AAS and/or that people in the community can sign regarding future interactions with the Slaters (or lack thereof, we hope). Obviously no pressure for those people, but if you get the impression that they want to be part of the organizational-scale conversation I think that would be a good outlet. Kim Coble is on the board and says people can contact her confidentially at 773-203-5363.
By their own words, the intent is to take action against these members and to damage their potential to conduct their careers in the field. This is “organizational-scale” activity.
The parties involved in this portion of this “investigation” include:
Alice Olmstead, graduate student from the University of Maryland
Given the extent of the evidence from the Marcy report, the blogs of members of the AAS CSWA, and information directly provided to Council, it is disingenuous for Council to state that they are unaware of the damage being done to AAS Members in the name of the AAS.