Nicholas Drapela, an Oregon State University faculty member and vocal critic of climate change, was fired without explanation from his job, KVAL reports.
On May 29, Drapela received a call in his office from the department chair, who read him a prepared statement and informed Drapela that he would need to return his office key.
The university did not inform Drapela why he was being fired. His requests for such an explanation have all been denied, according to The Daily Caller -- raising speculation that we was fired due to his controversial view that climate change is not a man-made phenomenon, an area where most scientists would disagree with Drapela.
"An absolute shock," he told KVAL. "I had no idea anything like this was coming."
Drapela says he was "blindsided" by the firing, and when he requested to know why he was fired, he says he was referred from school official to school official in circles.
"The fact of the matter is that it is now two weeks since I was fired and no one has had the cajones or the common courtesy to even tell me why," Drapela says.
Drapela, who had been teaching at OSU for ten years, has published numerous textbooks in his field. In 2004, he received the Loyd F. Carter award for being an outstanding and inspirational teacher. The Daily Caller also noted he has a relatively high rating on RateMyProfessor.com.
"He was just, he was a great professor," former student Charlene McGrady told KVAL.
Drapela was a vocal denier of climate change as man-made, and his views were anything but secret. In a slideshow presentation, "Global Warming Cracked Open," Drapela says, "Global Warming doctrine is no longer just a scientific theory; it is a populist social and political tool."
The same slideshow suggests global warming is part of a "new world order" and an attempt to establish "global governance," and the only reason people don't link it to solar flares is because they can't make money off of it.
Opinion among Earth scientists is nearly unanimous that man-made climate change is real. In 2010, a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal found 97 percent of scientists agreed "greenhouse gases have been responsible for most of the unequivocal warming of the Earth's average global temperature in the second half of the twentieth century."
After Drapela's dismissal, fellow critic of anthropogenic climate change, Dr. Gordon Fulks, began distributing an open letter defending Drapela.
"Can it be that a university whose motto is 'Open minds. Open doors.' cannot abide even one faculty member who disagrees with their dogma?" Fulks asks in the letter.
Drapela received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Oregon State University. His research interests include climate change and enzymatic transformations in organic synthesis, according to his page on the university website.
The Oldest Dorm
The College of William & Mary was established in 1693, making it one of the oldest universities in America. <a href="http://www.wm.edu/about/history/historiccampus/wrenbuilding/index.php" target="_hplink">The Wren Building</a>, built between 1695 to 1700, was the first building to be constructed and housed the master and the president. The students did not live on campus until 1723, when Brafferton Hall dormitory was built. (Photo credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wren_1859_william_and_mary.jpg" target="_hplink">Wikimedia Commons</a>)
The Founding Fathers' Dorm
According to legend, Founding Fathers John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry and James Otis were all residents of Harvard University's Massachusetts Hall. The building, which still survives today, was <a href="http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/10/the-newest-live-in-the-oldest/" target="_hplink">built in 1720</a> and was designed to house the growing student population. Today the president's office is located on the first floor, while the fourth floor houses freshmen.
First Women's Dorms
Historically, universities in America were separated by gender. Women's colleges were created to educate women. Wellesley College, which boosts of alumnae such as Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton, is just one example.
African American Dorms
Similar to women, African Americans were forced into separate living quarters in colleges. One example is Penn State, which had an unofficial housing policy until 1946 banning African Americans from living in white students' dorms. The university actually created a specific dorm for those few African American students called <a href="http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2012/04/23/ceremony_honors_first_black_dorm_on_campus.aspx" target="_hplink">Lincoln Hall.</a> From the 1930s until the 1950s, the dorm housed about eight black male students.
The 70s saw a new wave of dormitory architecture. These unfortunate dorms, which are still widely used today, are identifiable by their cinderblock wall interior and harsh exteriors. (Photo credit: ISU Housing)
Greek Life Dorms
Greek life has existed on college campuses since <a href="http://www.elon.edu/e-web/students/greek_life/glhistory.xhtml" target="_hplink">1750s</a>, and the sorority and fraternity houses often provided alternative dorm options for the members. This living situation is known to have some drawbacks though, as greek life has a reputation for revelry.
Though dorms have advanced -- they are co-ed and integrated -- most college freshmen still live in a double shared with a person of the same gender. While the rooms are often not impressive, students experience more perks as they gain seniority, such as suites or apartments.
Today some dorms have become so luxurious that they resemble high-tech hotel rooms. Unsurprisingly, MIT is included on that list.
Scripps College takes advantage of its sunny California location, giving its all-female student body fairy tale dorms. The college is listed on <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/01/most-beautiful-campus-lifestyle-college.html" target="_hplink">Forbes</a> as one of the most beautiful campuses.
Though there are many competitors, the University of California Irvine might win for most luxurious dorms. The Vista Del Campo dorm even advertises a <a href="http://www.housing.uci.edu/photo/album.asp?album=39" target="_hplink">"resort style swimming pool, jacuzzi, movie theater, game room, fitness center, and computer lab.</a>" (Photo credit: UC Irvine Housing)