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Sep 26, 2016 07:47 AM EDT

University Of Delaware News: School Ditches Nobel Prize Info From Website?


Most schools would be happy to post a Nobel Prize reference and award on their website. The Nobel Prize is a set of annual international awards bestowed in a number of categories by Swedish and Norwegian committees in recognition of academic, cultural, and/or scientific advances.

Getting a Nobel Prize is a huge deal. Which is why it is a wonder why the University of Delaware would remove their Nobel Prize reference from its own website.

Climate Professor John Byrne's 2007 Nobel peace Prize has been taken away, cites Junk Science. And that prompted the University of Delaware to remove the reference online. The Nobel Prize focuses on the Environmental and Energy Policy for prospective students. The website indicates that Byrne shares his Nobel Peace Prize with the authors and review editors of the International Panel on Climate Change. However, the contributors and editors did not actually share the award. The award itself is directed towards the International Panel on Climate Change as a whole.

According to a memo by the IPCC, the Nobel Prize was awarded to the IPCC as an organization. Which means that it is not correct to refer to anybody associated with the IPCC as a Nobel Laureate or Nobel Prize winner.

The incorrect information from UD's website was promptly removed and a representative confirmed that it was an error on their part. The human error comes from the "cutting and pasting from outdated text." The spokesperson further adds that the person responsible for posting the information is new to the job. They apologize on behalf of the error for any misdirection.

To clarify, Professor John Byrne is a contributor to the IPCC. He is a distinguished professor of the Energy Climate Policy and has been helping the IPCC since 1992.

In addition to the incorrect post, Junk Science also noted that this is not the first time this happened.

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