Thursday January 21st 2010
San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
At that meeting we requested information about the causes that led to the termination of the contracts of the Doctors Terrones. The information was denied and no one present at the meeting was willing to clearly disclose the reasons behind this decision. Later, trying to minimize the inconvenience to the graduate program and students caused by the termination of contracts of the Doctors Terrones, Dr. Rios was committed in an expeditious manner, to rehabilitate the laboratories of Nanostructures II and Nanostructured Polymers so that we could continue our research in secure conditions. These laboratories had been unusable since December 3, 2009, because of the furniture which was evacuated from “Heat Treatment” and “Mesoporous Materials” laboratories.
Moreover, at the Jan. 7th meeting the general director agreed that the next day he would plan the relocation of equipment and laboratory furniture evicted from "Heat Treatment" and "Mesoporous Materials". On January 8th, a group of students from N&N submitted a relocation proposal. The proposal prompted a visit from Dr. David Rios to the laboratories to personally direct the actions of relocation. During this visit, Dr. Rios decided that all furniture and laboratory equipment from the "Heat Treatment" laboratory should be returned to its original place, this is because he felt that the existing power facilities in this laboratory were special and appropriate, recognizing that the decision he had taken over a month ago to evacuate the lab had been a mistake.
This action reflects the lack of interest from the authorities of IPICyT to solve institutional problems in an intelligent and planned manner. This laboratory had recently been evacuated over a month ago under the orders of Dr. Rios following the determination of the "Space Usage Comision" (SUC) (which he created and Dr. Vidal was a member of it) decided the eviction of the laboratories. On another hand, he commented there was a lack of a communication channel between the N&N group and the IPICyT directive. Although on Thursday, November 26th of 2009, a letter was sent signed by both researchers and students from the N&N area, showing our concerns about the laboratory eviction decision, calling for urgent meeting with the purpose to know the reasons underlying this decision and to express our points of view, however, that meeting was denied.
Finally the Heat Treatment laboratory is being reinstalled, without considering the cost generated first by the removal and now by the rearrangement of furniture and equipment, due to a clear failure of the IPICyT directive, it is also clear that the commission (SUC), which ruled the release of the labs, lacked of sufficient knowledge or completely ignored the requirements necessary for the operation of the lab equipment that was there. With this action, it is undeniable the omission and the lack of interest on behalf of the directive regarding the needs of the N&N group. Dr. Rios simply excused himself by saying that he had no knowledge of the facilities that the equipment required.
During all this time we as students from N&N have seen how the academic environment has deteriorated strongly, we live a very stressful environment, unsuitable for good academic performance, we see uncertain our academic future. Not to mention fear of reprisals that could be taken as a consequence of our expressed opinions. Definitely, since the unjustified dismissal of the Doctores Terrones, the atmosphere of tranquility and warmth are important for our academic and research work has been deeply deteriorated.
We thank all the national and international scientific community who has supported us, we hope to keep them informed about the situation that we are now living in IPICyT.
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, México
“The students from the Nanoscience and Nanotecnology group agree with the previously described:”