Miller claims mocking obese people on Twitter was research; University disagrees

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Psychology professor Geoffrey Miller claimed his tweet mocking overweight students was research, but reviews by the two institutions where he teaches did not support his claim.

The University of New Mexico, where Miller is a tenured associate professor in the psychology department, announced Monday its Institutional Review Board determined his tweet "did not rise to the level of research" as the federal government which would require university approval. UNM's determination follows a similar conclusion last week by New York University, where he's currently a visiting professor.

Miller elicited outrage when he tweeted on June 2: "Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth."

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