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A chemistry professor at Middlebury College has been placed on leave after he asked students to calculate the lethal dosage used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust.
Middlebury College Chemistry Professor Jeff Byers has been placed on leave after students revealed that he asked them to calculate the lethal dosage of poison gas that was used in gas chambers during the Holocaust. An investigation into Byers’ previous examinations revealed that he had also asked other bizarre questions such as one about the Ku Klux Klan.
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“Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) is a poisonous gas, which Nazi Germany used to horrific ends in the gas chambers during The Holocaust. The lethal dose for humans is approximately 300. mg of HCN per kilogram of air when inhaled,” Byers’s question began. “Calculate the g of HCN that would give a lethal dose in the above room,” the second part of the question added.
In a statement, Middlebury President Laurie Patton wrote that Byers’ Holocaust question reflected a significant lapse in judgment. “This inexplicable failure of judgment trivializes one of the most horrific events in world history, violates core institutional values, and simply has no place on our campus,” Patton wrote. “We expect our faculty to teach and lead with...
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