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Ivor Van Heerden

The High Cost of Suppressing Academic Freedom at Louisiana State University

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 06.05.2013 | College
Sandy Rosenthal

The tale of LSU vs Ivor van Heerden is now over, and it can only be hoped that other universities around the nation sat up and took note. Academic freedom is still alive and well in America.

Army Corps Critic Settles in Suit Against LSU

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 04.18.2013 | Green
Sandy Rosenthal

Ivor van Heerden, the independent expert who spoke out for residents harmed in the 2005 flood during Katrina, was scheduled to get his day in court starting Feb. 19.

The Character Assassination of Dr. Bob Bea

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

Attorneys for the United States continue to spend taxpayer dollars in their efforts to defend the Army Corps of Engineers from liability for the failure of its levees and flood protection in the New Orleans region during Katrina.

Federal Lawyers Seek to Overturn Ruling on Army Corps' Liability for Katrina Levee Failure

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business
Sandy Rosenthal

This week in New Orleans, federal lawyers attempted to overturn a November 2009 ruling that found the Army Corps of Engineers guilty of negligent maintenance of a shipping channel in eastern New Orleans.

A Bad Week for the Army Corps of Engineers

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

A 30-page report prepared by the American Association of University Professionals (AAUP) reveals that LSU had a 'prevailing position' on the cause of the flooding after Katrina and that Dr. van Heerden's research and public stance ran contrary to that position.

Judge Removes Hurdle for Corps of Engineers Whistleblower

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 09.12.2011 | Green
Sandy Rosenthal

"This is a stunning decision for us because the judge has acknowledged that LSU tried to stop my reporting of the Corps' faulty design of the flood protection levees and of the MRGO (Mississippi River Gulf Outlet)."

New Details Emerge in Lawsuit Against Army Corps Over New Orleans Flooding

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sandy Rosenthal

Coastal scientist Dr. Ivor van Heerden recently spoke before an international group of stakeholders and scholars at the Tulane School of Public Health...

Thankful for the Truth-Tellers

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

My gratitude this season is directed at three people I've met who have had the extraordinary courage to find out the truth, tell it to the public, and bear the discouraging consequences.

Blacklash Grows Against BP Efforts to "Buy Up" Gulf scientists

Chris Kromm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chris Kromm

BP's efforts to "buy up" scientists in Gulf states was first revealed by Ben Raines of the Mobile Press-Register. It's still unclear how many researchers are being paid by BP.

Meet Three Real Heroes

Ann Medlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ann Medlock

Yes, the news is awful-to-ghastly almost everywhere you look and there are people doing great things, sticking their necks out to make things better. Consider three newly commended Giraffe Heroes.

Voices from the Spill: A Five-Part Video Series

Adriana Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Adriana Dunn

This life as we know it is finished. We smile, but it is a little bit like whistling through a graveyard here.

University Professors Association Is Investigating Ivor van Heerden's Dismissal

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Sandy Rosenthal

Two months ago, van Heerden, the former deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the flagship university.

Interview with Prof Ivor van Heerden: the latest on his wrongful firing by LSU

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Sandy Rosenthal

Just as the long Memorial Day weekend began, federal Judge James Brady scolded administrators at Louisiana State University (LSU) over their handling ...

Fired Professor Who Criticized Army Corps of Engineers Files suit

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

The discovery phase of this lawsuit could reveal and make public that the leading hurricane scientists in the state of Louisiana were intimidated and then fired by LSU at the command of the Corps of Engineers for their findings.

Economic Hit Men and the Next Drowning of New Orleans

Greg Palast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Palast

Ivor van Heerden is the professor who warned the levees of New Orleans were ready to blow -- months and years before Katrina did the job. For being right, he was rewarded with ... getting fired.

Chinese Drywall and the Cost of Truth-Telling

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

As if Formosan termites weren't bad enough (they devour everything, not just wood), now New Orleans is coming to grips with its latest visitor: defective drywall.