Speaking Out - Rodin Reply to Vining The source of this document is Almanac. +quot;/pennin

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Speaking Out - Rodin Reply to Vining The source of this document is Almanac. "/penninfo-srv.upenn.edu/9000/23805/info" Speaking Out ------------ Dr. Rodin's Response to Dr. Vining ================================== I am deeply sorry that Professor Vining misinterpreted the content and intent of my "Welcome Back" letter that appeared in Almanac at the start of this semester (Almanac January 17, 1995). My purpose in not identifying Professor Vining was precisely to protect his right to receive research funding from any source he chooses that is legitimately constituted under law, ensures free inquiry and publication, and does not discriminate. The University has been steadfast in defending Professor Vining's rights over the past six months in response to complaints from Mr. Gerard and others. We will continue to protect the right of Professor Vining and other faculty to receive research funding from sources of their choice. The alleged "hater" in this instance is the Pioneer Fund, not Professor Vining. It was the propriety of Penn's funding relationship with the Pioneer Fund, admittedly limited and indirect, not the content of Professor Vining's research, that was upsetting to some people, and it was to that issue that my comments referred. Again, I deeply regret Professor Vining's misunderstanding of my intent and want to assure him and other faculty in the strongest possible terms that any such reading of my letters is a misconstrual. I have protected and will continue to protect the rights of faculty to freedom of research and expression, as Penn has done for many years. - Judith Rodin, President

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