We want to thank the 100+ colleagues who have directly communicated support for our belief, that professors must not be bystanders if they witness an environmental crime, especially when a vulnerable population is being harmed. Our motivations and actions to help expose the Flint Water Crisis were called out by the new editorial in ES&T Crossing the Imaginary Line.
As exemplified by the letter below, the overwhelming consensus is that:
“The researchers at VaTech have done exactly the right thing: morally, ethically, and professionally. They took brave action not to be Hollywood heroes but because it was their responsibility as engineers to society.”
Even accounting for a selection bias, it is clear that the Editor-in-Chief of ES&T did not obtain the “full support of our community” before Crossing the Line and writing his regrettable critique.
Exemplary letter of support from Dr. Patricia Maurice at the University of Notre Dame: