Stanford faculty demand university sanctions for Trump adviser and faculty member Scott Atlas

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Scott Atlas; Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump (L) listens to White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas speak during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on September 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

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Scott Atlas, one of President Trump’s special coronavirus advisers and a faculty member at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in Palo Alto, Calif., is causing a minor fracas among students and faculty at the elite university. Specifically, Atlas’ recommendations on coronavirus public health measures fly in the face of scientific consensus, faculty says — a charge that Atlas denies, and which he has threatened litigation over.  

During a Faculty Senate meeting at Stanford University late last month, the college’s president and provost were asked whether Dr. Scott Atlas should face university sanctions for positions he has taken about the novel coronavirus pandemic that go against the scientific consensus. (As the faculty noted, Atlas is a neuroradiologist, not an epidemiologist or a scholar of infectious disease.) At the meeting, similar questions were raised about the university’s relationship with the Hoover Institution, where Atlas is a senior fellow. The Hoover Institution is a conservative think tank located on Stanford’s campus that has supported a laundry list of prominent right-wing statesmen over the years, from Condoleezza Rice to Reagan Secretary of State George Shultz. 

Unsurprisingly given the politics of his employer, Atlas’ public statements tend to delight conservatives and alarm scientists who study public health and infectious diseases. Atlas recently tweeted that masks do not work to prevent infection (an unsupported claim, and one which Twitter wound up taking down for being misleading); previously, he claimed publicly that the threat of the coronavirus is greatly exaggerated. Atlas also claimed that summer civil rights protests were to blame for coronavirus outbreaks, as well as proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, two more claims for which there is no evidence.

Despite being described by Trump as “one of the great experts of the world,” Atlas is reported to not have expertise in infectious disease mitigation or public health. Most recently, Atlas raised eyebrows last week for appearing on Russian state broadcaster RT, which is registered with the Justice Department as an agent of the Russian government.

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David Spiegel, a medicine professor and associate chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, claimed during the late October meeting (which occurred before the RT interview) that Atlas is the “latest member of the Hoover Institution to disseminate incorrect and unscientific information about the coronavirus pandemic,” according to Stanford News. He also accused Atlas of violating the American Medical Association’s Code of Ethics and claimed that he may have additionally violated Stanford’s Code of Conduct.

University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne responded by citing the college’s Statement on Academic Freedom, although the provost acknowledged the validity of engineering professor Stephen Monismith’s concern about a New York Times report that some of Trump’s senior economic advisers had

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National Academy of Medicine selects Fujita Health University President as its member


IMAGE: National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected President Eiichi Saitoh of Fujita Health University as an international member.
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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced new members at its annual meeting on October 19, 2020. Among them, President Eiichi Saitoh of Fujita Health University has been elected as an international member.

Established originally as the Institute of Medicine in 1970, NAM works alongside the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.

The New York Times describes NAM as the United States’ “most esteemed and authoritative adviser on issues of health and medicine, and its reports can transform medical thinking around the world.”

The NAM membership position is the highest honor in the fields of medicine, medical health care, and public health in the United States, and there are prominent researchers including Nobel laureates as its member. The newly elected members bring NAM’s total membership to more than 2,200 and the number of international members to approximately 175.

As for Japanese member, twelve members have been selected as an international member, including Professor Kiyoshi Kurokawa (1996), Professor Tadamitsu Kishimoto (1997), and Professor Shinya Yamanaka (2015).

President Saitoh was selected by his social achievements in physical medicine and rehabilitation in Japan and other Asian countries as well as his leadership in the study of dysphagia.

His groundbreaking research achievement on the development of robotic rehabilitation technology and assistive technology including smart home for elderly and the study of basic mechanism of dysphagia using 3-D CT were highly evaluated.


Eiichi Saitoh (Saitoh Eiichi)

Born in Tokyo, M.D., D.M.Sc. Specialty: Rehabilitation Medicine

1980: Graduated from Keio University School of Medicine

1998-2019: Professor & Chair of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, the School of Medicine, Fujita Health University

2019-current: President of Fujita Health University

Social Activities: Executive board member, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Adjunct Professor of Johns Hopkins University, USA., etc.

Awards: Various awards such as International Society of Rehabilitation Medicine Sidney Licht Lectureship Award (2015), 8th Japan Robot Award, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Award (2018).

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Islamist party member says he follows OnlyFans because of ‘fitness trainer’ but Malaysians not buying it

A member of the Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS, defended himself today for following OnlyFans on Twitter, saying that he only did so in order to track a fitness trainer he seemed to be a fan of. 

Hezry Yasin, who is a member of the Islamist party’s youth wing, was called out on Twitter after following the official account of the platform popular for its NSFW content. Despite his defense, people refused to buy his explanation, which also failed to mention the name of the so-called fitness trainer he was looking out for. Hezry also claimed that he does not subscribe to the OnlyFans platform. 

Screenshot that shows Hezry following the official OnlyFans Twitter account. Photo: Yallayalladin/Twitter

“My friends and I were following the progress of a fitness trainer, who mentioned that he would share more in-depth knowledge on OnlyFans,” Hezry said today. 

Fitness content promoted on the OnlyFans Twitter account in recent days included one featuring a fitness enthusiast known as Lorrie, and another one that shows a fitness model known as Ana

Others weighing in on Hezry following OnlyFans on Twitter had asked why he would search for fitness content on the platform when there’s plenty of free fitness videos on YouTube. 

“Why would he subscribe to OnlyFans to watch fitness trainers when you can see these masculine men do the same on YouTube for free? Hezry Yasin sweetie… I DEMAND AN EXPLANATION!” Twitter user @Idespisecats said. 

Hezry, who has expressed his views that women should wear modestly, has since unfollowed the OnlyFans’ official Twitter account but the criticism continues to fill Twitter today, including a meme inspired by him. 

“Well, you seem to have a lot to say about a woman’s modesty, and yet you follow @OnlyFans?” Twitter user @Yallayalladin said. The comment, which was written in response to Hezry telling someone to “cover up her hands and legs,” has since been shared 500 times.

His political rival Shafiq Kassim from the Democratic Action Party also had something to say: “Hi @hezryyasin after this I hope you stopped lecturing on Twitter about religion and modesty and all that jazz. We all know what Only Fans is famous for and those subscriptions aren’t cheap either. Best put those US dollars to good use for the PAS Youth fund, okay?”

OnlyFans has been growing popular recently with at least 30 million users ever since it was established in 2016. While it is also home to other types of content such as art or indie music, it is mostly popular for adult entertainment. 

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