Researcher loses job at NSF after government questions her role as 1980s activist

Mervis, Jeffrey
Date Written:  2014-09-10
Publisher:  Science News
Year Published:  2014
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16755

Valerie Barr was 22 and living in New York City in 1979 when she became politically active. A recent graduate of New York University with a master’s degree in computer science, Barr handed out leaflets, stood behind tables at rallies, and baked cookies to support two left-wing groups, the Women’s Committee Against Genocide and the New Movement in Solidarity with Puerto Rican Independence. Despite her passion for those issues, she had a full-time job as a software developer that took precedence.

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