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.

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White University Professor Sent On Leave For Pretending To Be ‘Woman Of Color’

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  • A UNH professor was put on leave for allegedly posing as an immigrant woman on Twitter
  • Craig Chapman allegedly created a fake Twitter account to hurl racist and sexist comments on social media
  • A University spokesperson said Chapman was “on leave and not in the classroom”

A white University professor found himself in the hot seat after he was accused of posing as a “woman of color” and hurling racial remarks on social media.

Craig Chapman, a Chemistry educator at the University of New Hampshire, was sent on leave after allegations of his derogatory actions on Twitter surfaced.

Chapman is suspected to have operated a faux Twitter account, “The Science Femme,” with the handle @piney_the. He allegedly posed as an immigrant woman and posted racist and sexist comments.

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“We are deeply troubled by what we’ve learned so far and immediately launched an investigation,” University spokeswoman Erika Mantz told ABC News.

The school’s paper, The New Hampshire, reported that Chapman, using the fake account, made a string of tweets in June and boasted that he was “successful in killing my dept’s woke statement on recent social unrest” and that it is a “toxic ideology that cannot be given an inch.”

The “Science Femme” allegedly claimed in several now-deleted posts that they were a “WOC,” or woman of color, and “POC,” or person of color. At the same time, the account allegedly credited themselves in “removing all woke terminology from the statement including anti-racism, white supremacy, white privilege and claims of systemic racism.”

Chapman also allegedly posted “revealing images” of an unidentified woman while using the fake account, said Fox News.

Chemistry Department chairperson Glen Miller, “refused to discuss the case.” Miller allegedly


A California college student says a professor told her not to breastfeed her baby during online class

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Marcella Mares, mother to a 10-month-old girl, received an email from her Fresno City College instructor on September 23 about a new class rule requiring students to turn on cameras and microphones during online classes for attendance purposes.

Mares wrote back and said she could leave her camera and microphone on but may turn it off when she needs to breastfeed her daughter.

With the pandemic in the US entering its seventh month, many parents have had to redefine their work-life balance as many workplaces and schools remain virtual. Mares sent the email to her instructor in hopes that it wouldn’t impact her grade, but instead received an unexpected response.

“I am glad to hear that you can have your camera and microphone on, but please do not breastfeed your daughter during class time because it is not what you should be doing,” the instructor replied. “Just do that after class.”

Mares said she was shocked at his response.

“I was upset about it,” she said. “I didn’t like the feeling of him telling me what I can and can’t do with my baby, especially in my own home because school is online right now.”

On the same day, Mares said, the instructor announced during class that he received a “weird” email from a student who wanted to do some “inappropriate” things during class.

This made her even more upset because she said she felt “he publicly outed me in front of the class.”

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She reached out to the school’s Title IX coordinator, Lorraine Smith, regarding the incident and a few days later, the instructor emailed Mares an apology.

“I am sorry for the inconvenience in regard to your intention of breastfeeding your baby. From now on, you have the right to breastfeed your baby at any given time during


Iran university professor and government advisor says ‘ordinary Iranians’ are praying for Trump’s recovery

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In the days since President Donald Trump was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and subsequently transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), one Tehran-based sociology professor has taken to social media to depict the “two groups” of Iranians “praying” for the infected commander in chief.

“It is not surprising that Donald Trump has been hospitalized for coronavirus; anyone, including the president of any country, can get sick. But it is very strange that those in Iran, among the people whose lives have suffered the most since Trump’s presidency, wish him well,” wrote Mohammad Fazeli, an Iranian sociologist and assistant professor at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University, who is also reported to serve as an advisor to the Iranian Minister of Energy and is the deputy director of the Research Center of the Presidential Office, in an Instagram post over the weekend. “I have seen people wishing Trump was released from the hospital safe and sound since morning.”

In his post, Fazeli depicted two distinct groups of Iranians turning to divine intervention to propel the president’s recovery.

“The first group of Trump praying people are often ordinary people who think that although the Trump presidency and the return of sanctions and maximum pressure have caused terrible damage to the Iranian economy and made life difficult for the people, there is no hope for reform inside,” he explained. “Except for external pressure. The economic fundamentals, rethinking governance practices, and turning away from wrong paths.”


As for the second group of “Trump health praisers,” Fazeli characterized them as Iranians “who think that his possible death from Corona will increase Joe Biden’s chances of victory, and the opening up of the economic situation and even the psychological impact of this victory


David Schultz Named Hamline University’s First Distinguished Professor

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Schultz is the first faculty member to receive the title at Hamline University.

“It is my honor to name David Schultz the first Hamline University Distinguished Professor,” said President Miller. “He has achieved at the very highest levels in academia, and has established himself nationally and internationally as a sought-after expert all while serving our students and contributing to the university community.”  

David Schultz’s record of accomplishment speaks for itself,” said Hamline Board of Trustees Chair Brenda Edmondson Heim ’77. “He is known around the world for his expertise in the American political and judicial processes and we are fortunate to be able to give our students the benefits of that expertise. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend my warmest congratulations.”

A lifelong scholar, Professor Schultz holds multiple graduate degrees, including doctorates in political science and law from the University of Minnesota, an advanced post-Juris Doctor degree from the University of London and master degrees in philosophy, political science and astronomy.

As a professor in the political science department at Hamline University, he has taught classes in American politics, public policy and administration, and ethics. Schultz holds an appointment at the University of Minnesota law school and teaches election law, state constitutional law, and professional responsibility. He has authored or edited 30 books,12 legal treatises, and more than 100 articles on topics including civil service reform, election law, eminent domain, constitutional law, public policy, legal and political theory, and the media and politics. In addition to more than 25 years teaching, he has worked in government as a director of code enforcement and for a community action agency as an economic and housing planner.

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