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James Ullrey © 1997
To: Ronald Cedillos
Of: CSU Board of Trustees
Fax # (562) 985-2641
From: James Ullrey
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July 1, 1998
Mr. Ronald L. Cedillos
Board of Trustees
California State University System
I am forwarding to you the text of a document that I sent to Dr. Norma Rees, President of California State University, Hayward. There has been no response from that office.
I sent this document by facsimile on June 18, 1998. I am forwarding this grievance to you and the Board of Trustees, as I have reason to believe that Dr. Norma Rees will ignore my complaint, as it was ignored by the Provost's Office, the Dean of the School of Science, and by Dr. Charles T. Perrino of the Chemistry Department at the University, when I first presented my grievance to him in 1988.
Unfortunately, my grievance is real, quite justified, and must be dealt with by someone at the university to my satisfaction. Please respond at your earliest convenience. It is extremely important to me that this proceed, that I have a hearing, that I be compensated for the injury I received.
James C. Ullrey
cc: all 17 other members of the Board of Trustees
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I am forwarding to you the text of a letter that I sent to the Provost's
Office on June 6, 1997, because it appears that Dr. Martino's office is
ignoring this issue as it was ignored by Dr. Charles Perrino when I
presented my grievance to him in 1988.
This is only one issue of several. Another deals with the issue of Dr.
Richard T. Luibrand who supervised my research while Dr. Monson was in
Yugoslavia. My research was a kinetic study. I searched the CAS Online
database in 1985 and found nothing to indicate that R.T.Luibrand was
qualified to supervise a kinetic experiment. Yet because of issues which
arose during his supervision, the completion of my M.S. thesis was delayed
for x years. The third issue is about who altered my degree objective in
my records to cause me to be issued a B.A. degree in 1969 without my
knowledge or consent from my objective of a B.S. degree in Chemistry.
I have not brought the issue of my complaint against Dr. Luibrand to the attention of the Provost's office although I brought the subject up with Dr. Perrino in 1988. There are details of my complaint in my records and documents. I include this issue and the issue of my degree objective because of the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
When it became clear to me that the provost office was ignoring this issue I phoned Ms. Traversa to request your FAX number on 970701 she said something to the effect of why bother, if you send it to her she will just send it back to the provost office.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I shall follow-up with a voice call.
In a nutshell I have reason to believe that I was slandered by Officer Stanley Henney of the CSUH campus police and subsequently subjected to summary career capital punishment by Professor Richard S. Monson because of that act of slander. That which follows are the events which substantiate my claim. One of the intangible effects of this state of affairs is that Prof. Monson stole my moment of glory.
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Ms Gina Traversa 970606
Office of the Provost *
Dear Ms Traversa,
We had a phone conversation on 970506 where I related some of the events that occurred while I was a student at CSU Hayward, starting in January of 1974.
You may choose to communicate with me by email using my email
I am faxing this document for the record. I would prefer to communicate by email.
Here is my original letter. Some of the details have changed, such as my address. I no longer live on *.
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Friday, December 15, 1989
Person of Importance
Dear Sir or Madam,
I take to pen to express serious grievances for which I seek redress.
In 1972 I was a graduate student in the Chemistry Department. I was working
under Professor Richard Monson. My research project was to study the rate of a
chemical reaction, a kinetic experiment, using HMPT as a solvent. While I was
engaged in this project, Professor Monson accepted a one year position at the
University of Serveso in Yugoslavia. During his absence I had Dr. Luibrand as a
research advisor, a person whose record does not indicate that he is qualified
to supervise a kinetic experiment. My feelings on this subject are elaborated
elsewhere. Luibrand had me change my experimental procedure to run my reaction
in a closed system , rather than in an open system, as was Monson's original design. After Monson returned he one day spoke to me in his office and asked me if I knew anything about phencyclidene, also known as PCP. I responded "They use it in horse tranquilizers." He then said something about someone synthesizing that chemical somewhere in Hayward and then asked,
"is it YOU?". Cut to the quick, I rose out of my chair and said "Aw, Monson, I wouldn't make that shit", and walked out of his office. He did not mention the topic again and neither did I until I spoke to Dr. Perrino last year. I went on about my business struggling with a particularly difficult research project. The difficulty of the project is likely only appreciated by PhD Chemists. The details of the research project are elaborated in my masters thesis [Ullrey, 1987 #1]. After working on the project for more than a year some of the technical problems of the project were solved, at which point Monson saw the results and advised me to abandon the project. I did not take his advise and persisted. It only became possible for me to solve the problem when Hewlett-Packard produced and sold the HP-35 hand held calculator, which allowed me the computing power to attack the problem. I was fortunate in that my brother-in-law was an employee of Hewlett-Packard and as such had occasion to own a larger, more powerful HP-67, which I used for several days straight analyzing the results of my investigation. The fruits of my labor was an idea that occurred to me in what I may describe as a peak experience, an enlightenment of what must have been happening between the molecules in the mixture, the form of the interaction which would explain the puzzling results. What I perceived was what I called a self-catalyzing reaction. I presented my results to Dr. Terry Murphy of the UCD Botany Department, in an informal seminar in my home, calling the reaction self-catalyzing and he said "Autocatalytic". With that keyword, I had access to the literature. Under the topic autocatalytic in Frost and Pearson's book "Kinetics and Mechanism" the book which has been described as the kineticist's bible, I found that autocatalytic was a term coined by Ostwald in the nineteenth century. With this information I went to Monson and told him that I had solved the problem and that the name of the mechanism was autocatalytic and that the term was coined by Ostwald in the nineteenth century at which point he said that he guessed "that it wasn't worth a publication". I was poor, my wife was in a PhD program at UCD, her volkswagen had broken down, so I was driving my Pontiac back and forth to Davis and Hayward on the weekends and the Arab oil embargo had started, so I worked a season in a food factory. When the season was over I went back to Hayward, armed with the new knowledge of the autocatalytic mechanism, to investigate this system which, with the added power of insight, would yield new truths and make me famous. However, when I returned to the laboratory, Monson called me into his office and asked me for the keys to the laboratory. He later told me "Now we'll see if you get a masters degree." So, when I had solved a difficult problem, I found myself in the position of not being able to follow up on it. I went back and worked in the factory for two more seasons, looked for work in my field unsuccessfully when I could, and worked on my masters thesis on nights and weekends. Frost and Pearson had in its pages the mathematics of autocatalytic reactions.
Martha had arranged for me to use a Wang 720C desktop computer that was in the Botany Department, so in the evenings and on the weekends I wrote a program to analyze the data from my kinetic experiments to extract the rate constants.
The Wang 720C was a very unfriendly computer. Instructions were coded with keys that were assembly language mnemonics, although I didn't know they were called that at the time. When I wanted a listing of my program the machine would print it out in octal. If I wanted to have an assembly language listing there was a listing program which I later found out was a dissassembler.
I wrote a thesis and presented it to Monson. From his comments on it I could tell that he was hostile. I revised my thesis to comply with his recommendations and he passed on to the next member of my thesis committee, Dr. Cadogan, who passed it on to the third member of my committee, Rich Luibrand, who told me "This is a bit brusk, you should rewrite it in the active voice." This was the person who had wasted my time for a year with his suggestion that I run my reactions in a closed system. This was the last straw. After working for so long without any results, after getting results and having it be puzzling, after being told by Monson to abandon the project, after having my request for computer time from Monson to analyze the data be refused, after having a peak experience when my efforts revealed the secrets of the reaction and then having the opportunity to follow up on the discovery removed, I have to endure such a frivolous request for a voice change . . .
When I was looking for a job I had an interview with D. G. Crosby, of the UCD Environmental Toxicology Department, who was looking for someone to work a gas chromatograph. I presented the results of my kinetic study, and this got me started in the process of getting into a PhD program. When Luibrand asked for a voice change, I was just about ready to start. My wife was pregnant, I had no job, and I was selling my vehicles to pay the rent.
I abandoned my masters degree.
My PhD thesis project was doomed. I didn't know it all at once, it was revealed in increments.
When I had finished my laboratory work and the calculations I bought a microcomputer to write my dissertation. Since I had word processing power I opened up the issue of my masters degree.
While I was attending Davis I had a conversation with Russell Hillard, who had been
a friend of mine at Hayward and had gone on to UC Berkeley. Russ told me that Professor
Richard Bozak came to Hillard's place in Berkeley and told Hillard that Jim Ullrey was
suspected by the Hayward police of synthesizing PCP. In the summer of 1986, right
before I was to return to Hayward to go through the process of getting my masters
degree, Bozak was teaching a summer session at UCB and I waited in his office until his
students had left and walked with him to his car, telling him that I had heard that he
was spreading the story as I had heard it and what did he have to say. He said, "Varon
Smith thinks you did it." This was a spontaneous response on Bozak's part. Varon Smith
has worked in the Chemistry stockroom for about twenty years. Bozak went on to say
that Stan Henney, an officer in the California State University campus patrol, told him
that he thought I was synthesizing PCP. Bozak said that I should discuss the matter
with Professor Donald Peterson.
You might remember that Stan Henney and Gary Hart(another CSUH campus patrolman) were murdered on campus in the campus police station by a third patrolman.
When I was living in Hayward I lived in a house that was a stones throw from the campus. One day Stan Henney stood and talked to me outside the science building and said something to me about me having a lab in that house. I thought the idea was funny at the time. So I just laughed.
After I had completed my masters degree I went back and asked Bozak to bear witness to the fact that Stan Henney had told him that he thought I was synthesizing PCP, at which time he said that he did not remember anything that he said in the parking lot and went on to say that discussing the matter with Don Peterson was in order. I will observe at this point that he has a rather selective memory.
If Smith is going to shoot off his mouth as originally reported by Bozak, maybe he knows of some evidence that such a synthesis took place, if so then I would like to know about it.
It has occurred to me that Monson assumed there was some credibility to the idea of me synthesizing PCP, jumped to the conclusion that his assumption was correct and then acted in a manner to the detriment of my career by 1) failing to pay enough attention to my research to find out that I had solved the research problem, and 2) summarily terminating my tenure in his laboratory after my return from work in the food industry in January 1975, thus preventing me from building on a discovery.
I respectfully request that there be an investigation into the matter of University employees violating my civil liberties by engaging in a cowardly practice of slandering me as perpetrated by Officer Stanley Henney(deceased).
James C. Ullrey
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