hearing rumors of grad student locking their hoods at night in Boston College (lest their co-workers sabotage their work)I have also heard these sorts of rumors about elite groups in Europe, that coworkers were sabotaging each other's reactions.
Label me a skeptic, but I have always found these sorts of cutthroat stories about highly competitive groups to sound a little ridiculous. That being said, there are obviously a great number of nutty folks in academic groups that are willing to pull some really bad/awful stunts. Whoever Michael Pemulis is, if he's willing to attempt blackmail, he was probably willing to toss a little water in your reaction. Also, the Vipul Bhrigu case is documented laboratory sabotage where the wrongdoer was caught on tape.
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The contest rules are as follows:
- Submissions in the comments of this post or by private e-mail to chemjobber -at- gmail/dot/com
- Submission deadline: May 1
- Winner to be judged on most awful and true** story of chemistry laboratory coworker sabotage that is best documented.
- "Friend of a friend" isn't enough. One degree of separation is about the edge, I think.
- Sames/Sezen is off limits.
- Contest winner cannot be perpetrator of sabotage. Confirmation by asking detailed questions by private e-mail will happen.
- Winner to be determined by CJ and/or popular acclamation. (i.e. to be decided)
- Use good judgment here; if it's not your story to tell, don't tell it.
*Don't get your hopes too high.
** Thanks, Joel!
***I know -- sometimes, I'm a crazy optimist, aren't I?