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Committee tells conference organiser to drop drug cheat Floyd Landis

Mar 13, 2009
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Bad sign on horizon of stifling of open and productive academic debate.
Deakin College could possibly caves in to a CyclingAustralia mafia.


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/cycling/floyd-landis-heads-to-geelong/story-fn3owcsl-1225924687161

THE spectre of notorious drug cheat Floyd Landis continued to hover over the world road cycling championships in Geelong after it was confirmed the American would appear at a Deakin University conference.

The Melbourne 2010 organising committee immediately withdrew its support for the New Pathways for Professional Cycling conference as pressure built to scuttle the invitation.

But conference organiser Martin Hardie is adamant Landis, who has accused Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team of doping, will appear at the September 27-28 conference.

here is a contact option:
http://www.deakin.edu.au/contact/index.php

Please make your thoughts known re:academic freedom, and the potential positive Landis has to offer, and he should not be muzzled.

My sources tell me an ex Governor of Victoria, a Simon Bracks, is on the hosting committee, and he also is the chairperson of the foundation that receives donations to the university. In this case, manifest conflict of interest. He is lending pressure to the chancellor, and it is coming down on conference organiser Hardie.

Folks, just put in a reply to their web portal, and say something to the equivalent of cycling requires open discourse that is a founding tenet of academia, and should be protected.


edit: email addys to reply to and complain

Deakin University Vice Chancellor: vcoffice@deakin.edu.au
Martin Hardie, conference organiser: martin.hardie@deakin.edu.au
2010geelong@geelongcity.vic.gov.au
info@newcyclingpathway.com
dolcp@deakin.edu.au
JdenHollander@deakin.edu.au
Jane.denHollander@deakin.edu.au
melbourne2010@cycling.org.au
PatMcQuaid@UCI.org
Pat.McQuaid@UCI.org
LEA@Livestrong.org feel free to invite Gunderson.
 
Aug 17, 2009
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Here is what I said as a posted comment:

Don't allow Floyd Landis to be muzzled. He should speak at the anti-doping conference freely.

Stick up for academic freedom.

Thanks for listening.
 
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Floyd may learn something from Deakin they have the top Endocrinology school in Australia headed by Prof Geff Nicholson .

Expert knowledge X = unknown quantity SPURT= drip under presure.

maybe they have a hormone that grow brain cells.
 
letter sent.

Received confirmation with an email address in it, if you guys want to skip making a webform submission:

"Dear Joseph M. Papp,
This email is to confirm that your Feedback about express concern has been sent successfully to dolcp@deakin.edu.au

A copy of the feedback sent is provided below:

Name: Joseph M. Papp

From: joe@xxxx

Visitor type: Visitor

Feedback on: express concern..."
 
Feb 14, 2010
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Just visited the conference site, and sent an e-mail. That comment page seems to be for students and alums. I've had to deal with uni bureaucracy again in the past few years, and I have no confidence that any comments to that page would make it to the conference people.

I haven't seen it mentioned, but in the original statement on Crikey Blog, it was stated that they'll be hosting the UCI for a week. It could make for some interesting interactions. I picture Floyd and Pat bumping into each other in the Dining Hall :eek:

In the meantime here at Deakin University we have been completing our New Cycling Pathways research project and finalising plans for our conference to coincide with the 2010 UCI Road World Championships. In fact the UCI will be visitors on our campus for a week.

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern...institutionalised-corruption-both-or-neither/
 
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I am a graduate of Deakin University and I am raising this as an issue through the alumi association and through some of my contacts with my former professors.

Will let you know if I hear anything.

regards,
Martin
 
Mar 13, 2009
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latest news is Deakin College is standing firm, and upholding academic freedom.

But feel free to still email the folks involved listed in the OP. Landis must have his forum, and uninhibited discourse prevail.
 
Mar 13, 2009
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joe_papp said:
letter sent.

Received confirmation with an email address in it, if you guys want to skip making a webform submission:

"Dear Joseph M. Papp,
This email is to confirm that your Feedback about express concern has been sent successfully to dolcp@deakin.edu.au

A copy of the feedback sent is provided below:

Name: Joseph M. Papp

From: joe@xxxx

Visitor type: Visitor

Feedback on: express concern..."
thanks for the support Joe
 
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Deakin University welcomes the considerable interest by the cycling community and media in the New Pathways for Pro Cycling Conference which will take place in Geelong from 27 -28 September 2010.

The role and reputation of a university is based on its ability to contribute to informed public debate on matters of importance to society.

The topic of doping in cycling is such an issue. We recognise it is a controversial one, and is therefore, worth discussion in itself.

The conference is a place for serious and positive discussion of this topic. Deakin University firmly believes in the value of open, rational and transparent interrogation of all views and perspectives.

We know that this cannot occur without a robust exchange from a diversity of views from people, including Mr Landis, who are prepared to speak openly and be part of the solution for the sport.

Deakin is proud to make a positive contribution to public debate in this regard.

We look forward to constructive communication that can take cycling further in the 21st century.
We support academic freedom and encourage staff members to comment, within the law, on matters within their research expertise.

http://www.newcyclingpathway.com/ne...n-the-new-pathways-for-pro-cycling-conference

I really think this thread was a good idea. There are people taking heat for trying to do the right thing. Encouragement is good
 
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Good that Deacon Uni is standing strong. They are to be congratulated, given the likely pressures they are receiving.

I'm sure any support and encouragement from cycling fans has been well received.

Good work everyone!