Gary Maki directs the University of Idaho's Center for Advanced Microelectronics and Biomolecular Research. Just one little question: Why? Shouldn't he be cooling his heels at home - at least for the time being - while university officials investigate whether or not he's guilty of dirty pool? Pool doesn't get much dirtier than what Maki is accused of doing. He allegedly sent a letter to a colleague at NASA with instructions to send it back to the University of Idaho. That way, it would look like NASA was ripping into Kenneth Hass, who works at the center. The letter reportedly suggests Hass may have provided sensitive information to "unauthorized sources," including "foreign agents." If that's true, why would Maki resort to all the subterfuge? One possible answer might be that Maki didn't care about information getting into the wrong hands. This was purely revenge of the nerds -- Tom Henderson/Lewiston Tribune.