Penn State University officials say further investigation is warranted into at least one charge of professional misconduct by Prof. Michael Mann in connection with his research and advocacy on behalf of the global warming cause.
In a statement just posted on the school's web site, officials said:
"A University committee has concluded its inquiry into allegations of research impropriety that were leveled in November against Professor Michael Mann, after information contained in a collection of stolen e-mails was revealed. More than a thousand e-mails are reported to have been 'hacked' from computer servers at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in England, one of the main repositories of information about climate change.
"During the inquiry, all relevant e-mails pertaining to Mann or his work were reviewed, as well as related journal articles, reports and additional information. The committee followed a well-established University policy during the inquiry (http://guru.psu.edu/policies/ra10.html ).
"In looking at four possible allegations of research misconduct, the committee determined that further investigation is warranted for one of those allegations. The recommended investigation will focus on determining if Mann 'engaged in, directly or indirectly, any actions that seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting or reporting research or other scholarly activities.'"
For more on Mann and the Climategate scandal, see Climate Depot.