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Hany Farid the Politician (At Times)

We have nothing but respect for Hany Farid’s work — which is why we chose to accord him a place in the Guide to the Stars — but his internal response to Friday’s post about his departure from the College for Berkeley smacked of currying favor, rather than a scientist’s search for unvarnished truth:

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Hany omitted to note his participation in the delegation of professors that read the riot act to Phil Hanlon in 2016. A faculty member needs to be pretty wound up in order to confront an institution’s President. And for Hany to describe his departure after nineteen years at the College as the result of a “complex blend of personal and professional opportunities” is to use many words to say very little, if anything.

Even though this space might seem to Hany to be an “awful venue,” at least he had the rigor, if not the precision, to refer to Dartblog’s “unforgivable pattern of, at times, unfair and untrue criticism of the College.” [Emphasis added]

Yes, Virginia, we don’t always get it right; at times, we do make mistakes. Though not very often. And can something be a “pattern,” if it only occurs at times?

Hany, thanks for not throwing all sense of the truth overboard.

We wish you luck in California. We’ll miss you, and the College will be much the lesser for your departure.

Addendum: On March 2, Hany was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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