A couple of days ago, I blogged about a mistake on an American research symposium that listed the Lebanese university AUB as located in Israel.
Following the publication of that post, it got picked up by various news outlets, such as L’Orient Le Jour, Annahar, Kataeb and New TV who shed light on the matter as well.
Today, I checked the program of the symposium and it seems the mistake has been corrected: AUB is listed as in Lebanon.
I was told that such mistakes aren’t always a bad thing as they help shed light on the research they are part in. I personally believe, however, that research should be able to stand on its own merits and not employ such gimmicks in order to turn ears.
We’ll never know the details of how such a mistake remained in the program till a week before the symposium started. But I guess what matters is the bottom line: getting it fixed. Good luck to those who are presenting the research and I hope they do a good job.