Stanford University Distances Itself from Coronavirus Advisor and Hoover Fellow Dr. Scott Atlas

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Stanford University distanced itself from Trump administration task force member and Hoover Institution senior fellow Dr. Scott Atlas on Monday after Atlas tweeted that Michigan residents should "rise up" over new coronavirus restrictions. In a written statement, Stanford said his views were “inconsistent with the university’s approach” and emphasized the use of masks, social distancing and following public health guidelines. In September, a large group of Stanford colleagues signed a letter criticizing Atlas for undermining public health by misrepresenting the science on how to tackle the pandemic. We hear about the controversies and how they tie into long-standing tensions between university faculty and the free-market leaning Hoover Institution.


Thomas Bartlett, senior writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

David Spiegel, associate chair of psychiatry at Stanford Medicine