'No Food Till Tenure' Strike Begins

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Stem cell scientist James SherleyA black MIT professor has begun the food strike he promised in January after learning a decision not to give him tenure would not be overturned, the Tech reports. James Sherley, a stem cell scientist, calls MIT's handling of his tenure decision racist, pointing out that the university asked "an African-American head" to sign off on the decision-even though the person "is not in my field."

In a January letter, the school's provost said he had carefully considered Sherley's complaints but would not overturn the tenure decision. He also announced the creation of a committee to study barriers in the hiring of under-represented minority faculty. It was outside that same provost's office that Sherley began his strike Monday. His last meal was two boxes of Chex cereal, the AP reports.

PHOTO: CHITOSE SUZUKI--AP


Stem cell scientist James Sherley, a Massachusetts Institute Technology professor, poses for a photo in his office at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. Sherley began a hunger strike Monday to protest the university's decision to deny him tenure, a decision he claims was based on racism.