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Aggrieved UCSD Postdoc Gets ‘Bridge Appointment’

August 23, 2022

Li Jiang, the pregnant postdoctoral researcher who said she lost her job after she complained about data falsification in her lab, reached a settlement agreement with the University of California, San Diego, that allows her to work on campus for six more months under another professor. This means Jiang, who is from China, will not lose her legal status in the U.S. while she is pregnant. Jiang did not immediately respond to a request for comment about this “bridge appointment,” and the university declined comment. Under the agreement, Jiang will resign at the end of the appointment and not lodge further complaints against UCSD. Jiang and other postdocs within the UC system have complained publicly about bullying by their faculty supervisors this year.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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