- Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist from the University of New Mexico currently serving as a visitng professor at New York University's Stern School of Business who made headlines with a "fat-shaming" tweet, will remain in his position until his appointment ends Aug. 31.
- Miller initially landed under fire for a June 2 tweet claiming that "obese PhD applicants" couldn't finish a dissertation because they "didn't have the willpower to stop eating carbs," and while NYU considered the matter closed following Miller's apology and deletion of the Tweet, it launched an investigation after he claimed on UNM's web site that the tweet was "part of a research project."
- NYU's Institutional Review Board ultimately found that Miller hadn't violated rules governing research because the "tweets were not research with human subjects as defined by the federal government,” thus any didn't require approval.
From the article:
... NYU spokesman Philip Lentz said in an e-mail that the review board met last week and agreed with Miller, finding that his “tweets were not research with human subjects as defined by the federal government” and that Miller “did not need IRB review for his work.” ...