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Ed Jewett
11-17-2010, 04:49 PM
Scientist Who Studied How Mosquitoes Transmit Diseases Dies After Ingesting Cyanide (http://cryptogon.com/?p=18790)

November 17th, 2010 Via: The Tampa Tribune (http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/nov/16/161633/cyanide-found-in-hotel-room-after-apparent-suicide/):
A University of South Florida researcher stumbled out of her hotel room Monday night and told two guests she had ingested cyanide, police said.
Chitra Chauhan, 33, wife and mother of a 3-year-old, was pronounced dead at a hospital about two hours later, victim of an apparent suicide. A small amount of potassium cyanide was found on a table in her room.
The nature of Chauhan’s work and the manner of her death turned what investigators characterized as a private act into a public spectacle.

Chauhan worked in the USF Center for Biological Defense and Global Health Infectious Disease Research, which is housed at the USF Research Park on the south end of campus. The center was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to study bioterrorism and emerging infections.
Security is tighter throughout the research park because work is done there with private companies and the Department of Defense.

Chauhan was investigating treatments for tropical diseases common around the world, including malaria, USF said.

Chauhan has worked at USF as a post-doctoral researcher since Dec. 26, 2007. Her annual salary was $45,183. Police gave her address as a condominium on Palm Springs Boulevard in Tampa Palms.
She obtained a doctorate degree in 2005 from the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in New Delhi, India. She went to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana to join her husband, who had taken a faculty position there after finishing graduate school, said Professor Dave Severson, who runs the lab where she worked.
The lab studied how mosquitoes transmit diseases, and Chauhan focused on the transmission of dengue fever.


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Given the post just recently made about genetically-altered mosquitoes, the fact that I am just now getting deeply into Albarelli's "Terrible Mistake", the deaths of other microbiologists [I trust someone is keeping a complete list somewhere], this story struck me as worthy of our time. -- EJ

Magda Hassan
11-18-2010, 01:57 AM
Her annual salary was $45,183
!?!?!?!
A doctorate and that's all she gets? No wonder she took cyanide. :vollkommenauf:

Myra Bronstein
11-18-2010, 06:28 AM
Her annual salary was $45,183
!?!?!?!
A doctorate and that's all she gets? No wonder she took cyanide. :vollkommenauf:

:hahaha:

No kidding that's crazy.

Myra Bronstein
11-18-2010, 06:31 AM
I wonder why they specified her salary. That's kinda odd.

Carsten Wiethoff
11-18-2010, 06:43 AM
From http://postdocs.stanford.edu/handbook/salary.html


The University Provost establishes minimum pay levels based on the years of cumulative research experience a Postdoctoral Scholar has when appointed. The minimum annual pay for first-year scholars for upcoming 2010-2011 academic year (autumn through summer) is $42,223.

No mystery here, methinks.

Peter Lemkin
11-18-2010, 07:10 AM
From http://postdocs.stanford.edu/handbook/salary.html


The University Provost establishes minimum pay levels based on the years of cumulative research experience a Postdoctoral Scholar has when appointed. The minimum annual pay for first-year scholars for upcoming 2010-2011 academic year (autumn through summer) is $42,223.

No mystery here, methinks.

Typical of American wages in the post 9-11 Serfdom, sadly. Methinks there might be more than her salary or problems it caused that may have caused her to commit suicide or be suicided.