Higher Education News From Around The Web

Here are the latest stories from higher education blogs around the web:
 

"Former UC Berkeley employee told to lie on taxes, per lawsuitThe woman alleges she was asked to do personal chores for the chancellor's family."http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/20/former-uc-berkeley-employee-told-to-lie-on-taxes-per-lawsuit/____See coverage of this meeting in DC:Dianne Feinstein defends Janet Napolitano, Berkeley during Senate hearing on campus free speechhttp://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dianne-feinstein-defends-janet-napolitano-berkeley-during-senate-hearing-on-campus-free-speech/article/2626561____This gets intoAccounting and Conflicts, and multiple failed decades long attempts to enforce existing rule on the UC Regents appointment process, see:How to Improve Board of Regents Selection? Use the Existing Process http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2017/06/how-to-improve-board-of-regents.html________http://cucfa.org/2017/06/require-constitution-followed-when-nominating-regents/" Request that the Senate insist that the California Constitution be followed when nominating Regents to the University of CaliforniaDear Pro Tem de León,On June 10, 2017, (Read more...)
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

On June 2, following the negative state audit of budget practices at UC's Office of the President (UCOP) and then regental partygate, the governor's office announced four new appointments to the UC Board of Regents. This rekindled some press interest in the conflict between the sudden announcement of completed appointments and the process described in the state constitution. Yesterday, the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has written a letter to state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León asking that "the California Constitution be followed when nominating Regents to the University of California." I'll discuss the letter and (Read more...)
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

POSTED BY KELLY HAND Dr. Anne Lucietto, of Purdue Polytechnic Institute, is a researcher in STEM education. She is in the preliminary stages of a project concerning educators, especially STEM educators and their experience teaching STEM students. She is requesting that educators at any level—K-12, undergraduate, or graduate—take the survey, which covers three areas: demographics,… (Read more...)
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

West Wing of Old Patent Office Building, c1900Intellia holds rights to CRISPR intellectual property developed by the Regents of the University of California (UC), the University of Vienna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, Ph.D., a director at the Max-Planck Institute in Berlin, through a 2014 license agreement with Caribou Biosciences, the exclusive licensee of the UC and University of Vienna. Those rights include human therapeutic, prophylactic, and palliative uses (including companion diagnostics), excluding antifungal and antimicrobial applications.CRISPR ownership has been at the heart of a bitter legal battle royal with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. A researcher based at (Read more...)
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

The range and scope of academic programs in higher education has become increasingly complex. New programs emerge almost daily to adjust to consumer demands and workforce needs. Applicants can easily become confused as they attempt to judge quality, complexity, cost, and a return on investment. The result is often a mishmash of academic offerings developed… (Read more...)
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

The following is the text of a letter sent today to Senator Kevin de León, President Pro-Tem of the California state Senate, by the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA), an AAUP partner organization: June 19, 2017 Senator Kevin de León State Capitol, Room 205 Sacramento, CA 95814 Fax: (916) 651-4924 Re: Request that… (Read more...)
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Today the AAUP issued the following statement: The AAUP notes with sadness the death of long-serving former staff member Evelyn Miller in May at the age of 89. The Association's operations in the areas of academic freedom and tenure received essential support for many decades from Miller, who was a member of the staff from… (Read more...)
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

We earlier posted the statement of UC prez Janet Napolitano heralding the president's decision to continue the DREAMER program.* After that time, there have been reports on conservative websites that the president didn't in fact make such a decision. However, the official government (Dept. of Homeland Security) statement says otherwise (kind of):Q. Does this mean that DACA recipients will not be able to apply for a three-year work authorization, as established in the DAPA memorandum?A. DACA recipients will continue to be eligible as outlined in the June 15, 2012 memorandum. DACA recipients who were issued three-year extensions before the district (Read more...)
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Last Tuesday Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a $125 billion budget deal that includes a provision they claim will strip UCOP of much of its financial independence. The move comes in response to the blistering audit of the office Janet Napolitano leads as UC's president. According to the audit, UC had been concealing funds and carrying out misleading accounting techniques, though UCOP has refuted the audit's characterization. Under previous funding schemes, UCOP was funded by assessing fees on the system's campuses. Under the new deal, the state will reshuffle the money it typically gave to (Read more...)
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Marilyn Monroe Checks Card Catalog at UCLA Powell Library in 1952 (Read more...)
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association