1 September 2007
As some of you know…
I have been accepted into a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University. I attempted to apply both at Hopkins and at Baylor. I was attempting to work with Dr. Robert Marks at the evolutionary informatics lab. I got the sense Baylor was putting Dr. Marks in their gunsights and that they would also put me indirectly in their gunsights as well if I worked at the informatics lab.
After I received late confirmation this Tuesday of my acceptance into the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, I informed Dr. Marks with my regrets that I would no longer seek enrollment into Baylor’s Engineering program. I cited developments which have been in the news along with my acceptance into the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins.
Recently, I have received ‘advice’ from faculty at other universities (not from any faculty at JHU) that I may expect possible complications for my public involvement with ID.
I’d like to emphasize that the faculty at JHU have not threatened complications, and even one of their professors has publicly assured me that I have nothing to worry about. I stand committed to bringing respect and upholding the reputation of the academic institution I am now affiliated with. I would like to publicly thank Johns Hopkins for the opportunity they are giving me. But in light of the advice I’ve been given from faculty at other universities, it would be best I if I simply not rock the boat by publicly being a part of the ID movement.
Thus, on the advice of professors from other universities, I have decided to play it safe and retreat from further public debate (at least under my own name).
I will limit my posting under my real name at UD or the blogsphere in general. I would like to thank the UD community for all they have meant to me.
I would like to assure everyone that I have also found a new job which I will work at while I go to Johns Hopkins part-time in the evenings.
I have degrees, in Computer Science, Math, and Electrical Engineering, so I’m not worried about my immediate or future employment. However, now that I have ambitions to go through the program at JHU’s Whiting School of Engineering, it would be best I not make any more waves.
Thank you everyone for a wonderful time at UD.
I would welcome everyone’s prayers on my behalf and that of my family.
God bless you,