Defense Attorney Tamara Brady is now cross-examining Prof. Vijayaraghavaen.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen on the defendant's career ambitions: "He expressed interest in being an academic scientist."
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Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said the defendant's demeanor was consistent during his time in the program - as far as he could tell in his limited contact.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said the defendant's demeanor was the same... "devoid of effort."
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen: "I think it ended quite cordially."
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen testified that he told the defendant he did poorly on the prelims and asked if this was the line of work he wanted to pursue. At that point, the defendant said he was going to leave the program.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen sent an email to the defendant after getting the results of his prelims. They met later in his office. "It was a short meeting. Much shorter than I anticipated."
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said success in research programs depends on self-motivation, reasoning skills and the ability to learn on their own.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen testified there was also an issue with the defendant's rotations. He knew one professor would not take him and was talking to other professors to see if they would take him.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said the defendant was given the chance to retake "prelims" after not performing well.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said the defendent's presentations were "mechanical" but lacked enthusiasm.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said the defendant was always courteous but withdrawn. Came across as a person who was introverted and socially awkward.
The joke was something about an ATM and taking it to the bank... I couldn't hear Prof. Vijayaraghavaen very well there.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said there was some "inappropriate humor" in a presentation by the defendant. "He inserted funny jokes that didn't work, distracted from the work."
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said all meetings with the defendant were "normal" up through June (2012).
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said the defendant had a second and third rotation with 2 other professors. They all had similar concerns - that he was not engaged in the lab.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said the defendant did a presentation and that he needed to work on public speaking skills and improve his organization.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen said he met with the defendant once a month to monitor his progress.
@sydnijmm: It rolls right off my fingers! Loved when he spelled it and the judge said "So, exactly how it sounds?"
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen testified that the program begins in August or September but the defendant came out in June for additional lab experience.
Prof. Vijayaraghavaen testifies the defendant was one of about 10 students accepted into the program in 2011. About 6 accepted.