Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shrimp on a treadmill? Pacific University professor defends his research, excoriates Republican critics

November 18th, 2014

Forces as powerful as U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn and one-time presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee made a national laughingstock out of marine biologist David Scholnick's research on ocean microbes that involved putting shrimp on miniature treadmills.
Forbes went so far as to claim he spent $3 million on crustacean exercise equipment.
Now the Pacific University professor is fighting back.
In a piece published last week, he called out Republican politicians for their small-minded take on scientific inquiry. He explained his work's direct connection to Americans' food safety. And he pointed out that the treadmill he built mainly from cast-off parts cost less than $50.
He was frustrated, he said, with relentless attacks on his work and other research by people who made snap judgments based on misinformation and showed no willingness to get more information.

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