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UNH investigates professor accused of posing as woman of color

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Ian Lenahan, The Portsmouth Herald
Published 12:06 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020 | Updated 6:34 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020

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DURHAM, N.H. – A white male professor in the University of New Hampshire chemistry department is accused of posting offensive tweets while posing as a woman of color.

The fake Twitter account, which was deleted along with the personal account of the chemistry professor named by his department chair as the person behind it, was known as “The Science Femme, Woman in STEM” and used the handle @piney_the.

UNH said  on Twitter and in emails to the media, “We were recently made aware of allegations on social media about a member of our faculty. We are deeply troubled by what we’ve learned so far and immediately launched an investigation.” 

Friday, UNH said, “The employee at the center of allegations on social media is on leave and not in the classroom. In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation the university is unable to comment further. The university is unable to confirm the identity of the employee.”

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Seacoast Media Group obtained a document compiling many of the tweets by “The Science Femme, Woman in STEM,” as well as reaction to them by Glen Miller, chair of UNH’s chemistry department.

Miller named a professor, but the identity of the person who posted the tweets has not been confirmed by Seacoast Media Group, so his name is not included in this story.

Tweets boasted about fighting a statement being crafted by colleagues in response to racial unrest in America after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on