Breach costly for researcher, UNC-CH

Eric Ferreri reports:

A prominent cancer researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill spent at least $350,000 fighting for her job.

It wasn’t enough.

Bonnie Yankaskas, an epidemiologist in the medical school, retires at the end of 2011, as stipulated in a settlement that restores her rank and full salary.

UNC-CH officials wanted to fire Yankaskas, whom they blamed for a security breach that endangered personal information of 180,000 women whose mammogram data had been part of a university research project.

The university subsequently scaled that punishment back to a demotion and pay cut, which Yankaskas appealed, leading to mediation and the eventual settlement.

Read more in the News & Observer.  Previous coverage of the breach, which was reported in 2009, can be found on this blog and on

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