I was shocked and saddened to hear about the shooting at a faculty meeting (Huntsville Times, 2/12/10) at the University of Alabama. According to the New York Times (2/12/10), Dr. Amy Bishop learned at the meeting that her appeal to an earlier denial of tenure was being rejected. The NYT also reports that Bishop had complained that it was "unfair" that she was having problems getting tenure. Bishop will be charged with capital murder, which qualifies for the death penalty.
I found myself surprised that the shooter was a woman; however, I'm unable to find any statistics on the sex of the perpetrator in workplace homicides. Men are more likely to be victims of workplace homicides (Hendricks et al, 2007), but that's "normal". As discussed in "Murder Most Unusual" (4/13/09), men are more likely to be both the victim and the perpetrator of murders. The three confirmed dead have one masculine, one feminine, and one sort of neutral name.
I also noted my lack of surprise that she reportedly had trouble getting tenure; Todd et al (2008) reported that women were more likely than men to perceive "unfair practices" in the evaluation of their work. I also cynically noticed that the NYT reports her major invention as having been developed "with her husband". I'm trying to remember the last time I saw an article reporting that someone had developed something "with his wife." I'm coming up blank.