Go read the whole thing, but here are a few key quotes. Looks like other folks finally picked up on Dr. Lowman's poor treatment and the broader problems at the NRC:
"The top scientist at the Nature Research Center is leaving her post three years after taking the helm of the science museum's new $56-million wing. The move comes four months after the museum's new director effectively demoted her....
"On July 1, Lowman was effectively demoted from her original position as director of the center, where she oversaw nine scientists and other staffers who conducted research in labs designed to showcase science to the public. Her altered role, created by Koster, contained no management duties....
"Bilbro said she also opposed the move, although she understood Koster's motivation to unify the great museum.
""I saw the Nature Research Center as a part of the museum," Bilbro said. "I just disagreed with the way he restructured and reorganized."
"Lowman said she didn't know about the California job until the academy began recruiting her for the position. But she pointed out that her transition to new job responsibilities at the North Carolina museum made the timing of her departure ideal."
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