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Arizona Superior Court Protects Academic Freedom in Climate Email Disclosure Case

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Arizona basketball fans may be glum after this weekend’s loss to Wisconsin, but there’s some very good news today out of Arizona: a superior court has found that the University of Arizona was right to protect more than 1700 emails to and from university climate scientists from disclosure under the state’s open records act. Read more >

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Twenty Years of Open Records Attacks

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

University of Minnesota environmental scientist Deborah Swackhamer studied toxaphene, a chemical once considered a promising replacement for DDT but eventually found to be quite toxic. But when Swackhamer joined a group of researchers exploring why there might be unusual concentrations of the chemical in the Great Lakes, the university received the largest open records request ever made in Minnesota. Read more >

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Seeking Stories of Abuse of Open Records Laws

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Have you or your university or government colleagues been targeted with intrusive federal or state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests? If so, I’d like to hear from you. Read more >

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Four Questions with Climate Science “Ambassador” Scott Mandia

, , former science communication officer

Scott Mandia has done a lot of work to help climate researchers, especially ones who find themselves in the middle of media and political maelstroms. Read more >

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More High Profile FOIA Requests at the University of Virginia

, , Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The University of Virginia is facing another high-profile open records request, this time from LGBT rights organizers on the political left. Fortunately, UVa has set a highly visible precedent in terms of how it should respond to a Freedom of Information Act request, and has a Virginia Supreme Court decision to back it up. Read more >

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