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date: Mon Aug 2 09:49:16 2004
from: Keith Briffa <k.briffaatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Re: Reference for Michael Mann
to: "E. Scott Bair" <bair.1atXYZxyz.edu>

Dear Professor Bair
Had you asked me this a year or two back , I would have sent a generally
positive response as regards his drive (i.e. energy and ambition). Technically
he is a gifted analyst and he obviously has an eye for recognizing the important
issues at the interface between climatology and palaeoclimate data , and how
both should be used to explore important questions about the precedence of
recent climate change , and its causes and implications for the future.
All very well - and probably enough for some departments, but yes there IS
(or at least WAS) a sting in the tail.
Mike was certainly not the best
collaborator , and in some aspects of his work , not sufficiently aware
of the characteristics of some of the data with which he worked. This would not be
bad in itself , were allowance made and advice sought and accepted from a wider
circle of colleagues or specialists than he was inclined to consult. There was a
certain , apparent , overconfidence in his work which bordered on seeming arrogance
and this has led to SOME EXTENT to a degree of unnecessary conflict with researchers and
some
members of the wider public , as regards the validity and certainty of some of his (and the
IPCC) conclusions. I qualified this statement , because it is undoubtedly true that some of
his critics have strong vested interests in attacking his work , and almost without
exception ,
their criticisms have bee ill founded , even fraudulent.
So why tell you all this ? The reason is that I now consider Michael to have mellowed!
Perhaps matured is a better word. The experience gained in the last year or so , in
relation
to attacks by the "sceptics" , and in his slowly widening circle of collaborations, seems
to have made
him more measured in his work and less prone to over-reaction to criticism. When viewed in
conjunction with his undoubted statistical excellence and unshakable desire to do
"important" science, he has to be a great addition to any department. Rest assured he will
continue to contribute
major work , and if you judge that he will be able to collaborate within the department ,
as well as beyond it , he will make a great addition to your team. My recent experience of
him is that he very
likely will , and overall, I recommend him very highly.
hope these initial thoughts help
best wishes
Keith

At 19:56 30/07/2004, you wrote:

Dr. Keith R. Briffa
Climate Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR-4 7TJ UK

Dear Dr. Briffa:

The Ohio State University is actively considering an appointment of Dr. Michael Mann
as a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. He is
currently an Assistant Professor at another university.

We are on a short lead time, and I would very much appreciate your emailing me
your impressions of Dr. Mann's research and its impact.

Your email response to me need not be long or overly detailed, but I do need it to be
followed
up by a formal letter.

I thank you in advance for your efforts

Sincerely,
E. Scott Bair
Professor and Chair
Geological Sciences
Ohio State University
275 Mendenhall Lab
Coilumbus, OH 43210

--
Professor Keith Briffa,
Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K.

Phone: +44-1603-593909
Fax: +44-1603-507784
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