This is worth reading, and probably a good decision for whatever the reason might be for both sides due to the ongoing investigation. BD
Tufts University has withdrawn an invitation for a top aide to US Senator Charles E. Grassley to give the keynote speech at a conference on conflicts of interest in medicine and research, leading one conference organizer to pull out and question the university's commitment to academic freedom.
The medical school provided two different answers as to why Thacker was disinvited.
Spokeswoman Christine Fennelly first said in an e-mail that when Grassley declined the invitation, "it was decided to refocus the symposium on a smaller scale, where the panelists would be faculty from Tufts University and affiliated faculty from Tufts Medical Center."
Later, when told that Krimsky's e-mails explicitly said the speaking offer was rescinded, she said the invitation to Grassley's aide had been withdrawn. "Indeed . . . the administration felt it prudent to not engage someone from the Senator's office while we respond to the Senator's inquiry," she wrote.
Kozeny, Grassley's press secretary, said, "These issues merit more discussion and less circling the wagons. It's too bad a reform perspective has been removed from the program."