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La Sierra University Responds to False Charges

La Sierra University Responds to False Charges

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Published by Sean Pitman, MD
LSU responds to "False Charges" from independent websites.
LSU responds to "False Charges" from independent websites.

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Published by: Sean Pitman, MD on Jan 25, 2013
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ForImmediateReleaseLarryBeckerExecutiveDirector,UniversityRelationslbecker@lasierra.edu1-1-1
LaSierraUniversityRespondstoFalseChargesonIndependentWebsites
Educatetruth.comandADvindicate.comhavefocusedtheireffortsondamagingthereputationofDr.RaulDiaz,whojoinedtheLaSierraUniversitybiologyfacultyatthebeginningofJanuary.InitiallyoneofthesesitesusedanunnamedsourcetoaccuseDr.Diazofbeinganatheist.Whenthatwasprovenfalse,thesitechangeditsconjecturetoDr.Diazbeingagnostic.Infact,Dr.DiazisabaptizedmemberoftheSeventh-dayAdventistChurch.HehasattendedvariousAdventistchurchesthroughoutthespanofhisacademiccareer.Dr.Diazisalsoquotedbythesesitesassayingheisan“evolutionarybiologist.”Usingthisasanattackshowsalackofunderstandingofcontemporarybiology.An“evolutionarybiologist”doesfocusedanalysisofthediversityoflife,thegeneticvariationsoflivingorganisms,andhoworganismsinteractwiththeirenvironment.Throughthisimportantwork,thesescientistsmakepossibleadvancesinhumanhealthandmedicine,agriculture,andtheenvironment.Dr.Diazisadedicatedandtalentedyoungscientistwhoisseekingtodiscoverwhatcauseshumanfacialandhandmalformationsthroughhisresearch.Hispassionforhissubjecthasalreadyshonethroughtostudentsinthethreeweekshehasbeenoncampus.Helooksforwardtousinghisbio-medicalresearchtodevelopclassesforstudentswithapre-professionalhealthfocus.Hisfieldandlaboratoryresearcheffortswillalsobenefitthosestudentsplanningtoseekgraduatebiologyeducation.EducateTruth.comhasalsobeenattemptingtoshort-circuittheboard’seffortstorevisetheuniversity’sbylawsinresponsetoWASC’sandAAA’sconcernsregardinggovernanceissues.TheBylawsCommitteemembershaveworkedmanyhourseducatingthemselvessothattheyfullyunderstandtheissues.TheireffortshaveresultedinasetofrecommendedbylawschangesfortheuniversityconstituentstoactonduringaspecialconstituencymeetingonFebruary21.TheserecommendationsarenotdesignedtoremovetheuniversityfromChurchcontrol,asclaimedbysome.Theproposalsleavethatdefiningrelationshipstrong

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