Original Student Letter sent to Nature

March 12th of 2010
San Luis Potosi, S. L. P., Mexico

Dear Rex Dalton,

We have read your article “Outcry over scientists’ dismissal” (Nature 464, 148–149; 2010) and we would like to inform you about some events that have taken place since the termination of the employment of Prof. Humberto Terrones and Prof. Mauricio Terrones.

During our communications with IPICyT’s General Director (Dr. David Ríos Jara), the Academic Secretary (Dr. Marcial Bonilla Marín) and the Advanced Materials Division Chief (Dr. Miguel A. Vidal Borbolla) they informed us that we would receive their complete support in order to continue and complete our thesis project and dissertations, however this has not been completely satisfied.

During a meeting held in January with the academic authorities of IPICyT, it was agreed that we could choose our internal and external advisors freely no matter who they might be. However, due to the current legal situation they will not be able to be present at our Institute for any advisory and they cannot be present for the final dissertations of the senior students. Nevertheless, on March 12th we were notified unofficially by an External Evaluating Committee (EEC), formed by international and national recognized researchers, about the negative to recognize any academic relationship among the students with Mauricio Terrones and/or Humberto Terrones, arguing legal issues which are not related with our academic formation. This will affect directly our thesis projects.

As a result of this meeting we find that our given options are two. One of them is to stay at IPICyT but to cease academic relations with the Terrones brothers, or to continue our research and academic studies at any other Institute. We believe that none of the options solve satisfactory our main problem. We feel that all the lived irregularities against us are exhausting to handle throughout several years.

We really appreciate all the support offered by the national and international scientific community. We want to emphasize that the discredit of the authorities of our institute is not our intention. It is our desire to express our concern about the way in which the authorities are proceeding with this situation, and how political and legal problems would impact our academic development.

Best regards,

Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT),
Camino a la Presa San José 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Secc. SLP,
CP78216, México

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