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Response to Meldrum Lawsuit
The University welcomed Dr. Meldrum to campus with great expectations as a dean in 2006, but she no longer holds a senior administrator role. The decrease in institutional support for her work is directly tied to the marked decline in the success of her peer-reviewed research proposals relative to the amount of investment the University has made in her work. Over the past five years, her record in securing research funds has declined precipitously, to less than $500,000 in fiscal 2014 and zero in fiscal 2015. During that same period, the University provided Dr. Meldrum and her lab more than $6 million in funding support, as well as 6,000 square feet of lab space and 2,000 square feet of office space. As was made clear to Dr. Meldrum in writing in September 2015, financial responsibility demanded an adjustment in the University’s investment in her work at this time. With that adjustment — not in full effect until 2020 — Dr. Meldrum remains an accomplished scientist and tenured member of the faculty, and she will be treated fairly and provided support similar to that given to other ASU faculty members. We remain hopeful that that Dr. Meldrum and her lab will return to the level of success it enjoyed in the first years after she arrived at ASU.
To view a letter provided to Dr. Meldrum last year on the occasion of a five-year review, please click here.
For more information about the Dr. Meldrum’s claims, click here.
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