Shocking news out of Alabama yesterday, where three faculty members (incl. the chair) of the biology department at UA Huntsville were shot, allegedly by a faculty member involved in a tenure decision. I'm assuming that there will be a flood of articles and blog posts about this, and probably quite a bit of hyperventilating about tenure and the tenure process. The fact is, some (thankfully very) small percentage of the population is unbalanced and responds to personal setbacks (real, perceived, or imagined) with violence. It's a terrible shame, but this sort of thing happens across all occupations. My condolences to the UAH community and the family and friends of those involved.
update: ...and I was right. *Sigh*, Christian Science Monitor.