Tycoon wants to have scientists sacked
At the University of Oklahoma. Lets set the stage, and introduce the players:
Harold Hamm, billionaire and owner of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, is what people call a "major donor" to the university. In 2011, he gave $20 million for a new diabetes center. (Named after him, of course.)
David Boren is president of the University of Oklahoma and also member of the board of directors of Continental Resources.
Austin Holland works at the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS), hosted at the university.
Larry Grillot is the dean of the college where the OGS is based.
And now the play:
Holland is called to a meeting with Boren and Hamm, in circumstances he describes as "a little bit intimidating".
During the meeting, Hamm expresses his concern about researchers publicly discussing certain research results.
Later, Hamm meets dean Grillot. After that meeting, Hamm expresses in an email that he would like to sit on the search committee for the next OGS director.
Afterwards, Grillot writes to colleagues that "Hamm is very upset" and that "he would like to see certain OGS staff dismissed".
Epilogue: Grillot stands up for his staff members. Nobody got sacked.
So everything has ended well, in the short run, and you can guess how many further donations the university will get.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-15/oil-tycoon-harold-hamm-wanted-scientists-dismissed-dean-s-e-mail-sayshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-30/big-oil-pressured-scientists-over-fracking-wastewater-s-link-to-quakes