'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.


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.