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9:52 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Shocker At UNM: University Says Obesity Tweet Was Not Part Of Research

The University of New Mexico says a psychology professor's tweet that people battling obesity don't have the willpower to finish doctorate degrees wasn't part of any research project as he claimed.

The school's institutional review board found that Geoffrey Miller's tweet was instead "self-promotional."

Miller wrote on Twitter last month that obese doctoral applicants who don't "have the will power to stop eating carbs" won't "have the willpower to do a dissertation." The tweet has since been deleted and his Twitter account has been made private.

He later apologized and said the tweet was part of a research project.

Miller is on leave from UNM while serving as a visiting professor at New York University.

UNM officials say the school is conducting a disciplinary investigation.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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