Angier, Natalie. "Rockefeller U. Is Hurt as President Feels Pain of Science-Fraud Case," New
York Times, 1 April 1991, pp. 1, A10.
Rockefeller University is about to start a fund raising drive and feels its president's current
involvement in a major science scandal cannot improve its chances for raising money. It is
"unfortunate" that the affair had to come up now. Rockefeller has an endowment of $450 million
but has, of late, been dipping into that fund to meet current operating expenses. The "hurt" of the
title is possible damage to fund-raising.
Baltimore was interviewed about the affair but he refused to answer any questions. Asked if he
would write a letter of recommendation for Margot O'Toole, he responded that he did not know
her scientific work!
Officials at Rockefeller point out that the disputed work with which their president was
associated took place elsewhere, not at their university.
"...(N)either Dr. Baltimore nor members of his lab have been accused of committing fraud..." (p.
A12) Yet the OSI "...condemned Dr. Baltimore's handling of the case over the last five years,
accusing him of brushing off allegations of fraud. The report said it was ‘difficult to
comprehend' why he continued to defend Dr. Imanishi-Kari as evidence mounted that her data
were false." (p. A12)
At least one source is quoted here as saying that his errors "...were made in good faith, in an
effort to defend a collaborator."
In all of this it is clear that the only "hurt" suffered by Rockefeller University is that they are
worried about losing donations.