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Thursday, February 18, 2021

‘Space archaeologist’ Sarah Parcak: Rush Limbaugh should have suffered; UAB president ‘disgusted’ by tweet - al.com

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'Space archaeologist' Sarah Parcak: Rush Limbaugh should have suffered; UAB president 'disgusted' by tweet

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Sarah Parcak uses aerial photographs to locate sites of ancient settlements in Egypt at the Laboratory For Global Health Observation at UAB in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. The lab is also used to track environmental conditions that can lead to the spread of disease. (The Birmingham News, Mark Almond) ** NO MAGS NO SALES NO TV ** ORG XMIT: ALA2016021316564598

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UAB President Ray Watts tonight issued a statement condemning a tweet by archaeology professor Sarah Parcak saying conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh should have suffered until his last breath.

"When a terrible piece of scum who caused immeasurable harm to millions dies, there is no sympathy," Parcak tweeted. "Only a desire that they suffered until their last breath."

Watts condemned the tweet saying: "UAB is disgusted and extremely troubled that Sarah Parcak would tweet something so unprofessional and blindly inhumane and cruel. Her poor judgment is completely counter to our shared values as an institution that include integrity and respect. She absolutely does not speak for our university, and we are reviewing the matter."

See also: Alabama GOP chief blasts Parcak's 'antics'

It appears Parcak has deleted the tweet and efforts to reach her for comment were not immediately successful.

Limbaugh died today after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

His death prompted a wave of responses from political leaders in Alabama and the nation.

In September, UAB condemned another series of tweets from Parcak following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

When Parcak tweeted Ginsburg was stronger "than any M*GA f*ckstick bootlicker could ever dream of" -- a reference to former President Trump's supporters -- UAB replied that her tweets "reflect poor judgment and do not represent the opinions of our university."

Parcak is an Egyptian archaeology expert at UAB and a professor at the university's Department of Anthropology who used space satellites to discover the street plan of an ancient Egyptian city.

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