Disbelief and dismay

by Lorien E. Menhennett

All lecturers at Weill Cornell are required to show us a slide stating whether they have any financial conflicts of interest related to their presentation topic. One of yesterday’s lecturers, after presenting this customary slide (revealing that he had no financial conflicts), added this commentary:

I will try not to talk about the presidential election, although it’s very difficult. But I suspect that the absence of financial conflicts will be outlawed, and only people with large financial conflicts will be allowed to now do anything.

Many other lecturers, renowned physicians and scientists in their fields, have made similar comments since the election. This is the atmosphere of disbelief and dismay shrouding Cornell.

What we do about this, I don’t know. But for starters, we keep talking about it.