Thursday, April 24, 2014

More on the $10,000,000.00 UCLA Whistleblower Settlement

Chad Terhune, the LA Times reporter who covered the latest whistleblower settlement at UCLA is joined by Charles Ornstein in this KCRW interview (you may remember Ornstein from his coverage of the celebrity patients at UCLA and privacy issues cases- LAT also covered that, too). They also talk about the upcoming implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, comments Terhune received from the UCLA chief med compliance officer on the Pedowitz allegations, and they mention other related pending cases, there is also a compare and contrast- in particular b/ween UCLA and UCSF policies at the med centers (to digress a bit--it sounds somewhat reminiscent of the "Los Angelism" comments made related to student athlete grad rates and a UCB CSHE report -tinges of it):

yes, it says something on the screen below about undocumented policy but: you 1-have to press the play button and then 2- scroll to that UCLA med whistleblower settlement 11:00 mark section of the program:

and a Patch piece includes an additional facet to the story:
Pedowitz additionally claimed he was wrongfully demoted and that another UCLA physician defamed him by distributing to the faculty what Pedowitz said was false information concerning his previous employment at the University of South Florida. He said he would not have agreed to step down from his chairmanship as part of the 2010 settlement had he known at the time that the memo was being circulated.

"The regents concealed the (memo) from me," Pedowitz stated in a sworn declaration. "I was not aware of its existence until June 27, 2011, when I was shocked to find it in response to my public records request."

Pedowitz maintained that "nearly every accusation" in the memo was false, including allegations that he tried to fire another doctor while at the University of South Florida, that he screamed and yelled at secretaries in the Department of Neurosurgery and that he threatened a resident physician with probation.

Pedowitz continued to work at UCLA after stepping down from his chairmanship, but maintained that the retaliation against him did not let up.

“Frankly, the faculty, who may be dragged kicking and screaming. Well, so what? Too bad. If there’s a great professor at Berkeley, and he or she can beam his course all over the state to students statewide, and that course is suited for online, we’ve got to do it.”

that's Kashkari via Daily Cal - he is polling at like 2% right now, so... - others are also running but they aren't talking about education
related to the Kashkari story:
there's also: Public Policy Institute of California Finds Common Core, New Funding Formula Get High Marks

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
part of why figuring out the Corp Dem DINO thing is important: Jerry Brown has Republicans who support him

the Governor and President of the UC Regents has made an appointment : someone to head the FPPC - a body that does have some oversight authority over UC and other AP coverage here
the Food Pantry Movement at campuses continues on
some appointed to AAAS but isn't that the place w/ 'the head person and the missing PhD degree' episode in its recent history?? and....
there is more on the CA Senate ethics training day and the events that prompted it have other interesting developments, too. Former SF Mayor Brown (other half of the Bay Bridge namesake, ugh) even reduced it down to its barest elements here with a Let's Everybody Calm Down

TARP flashbacks too

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"While the UC system may claim it encourages its employees to report improper activity and promises to protect employees that come forward, that's not what actually happens. "Instead the UC tries to cover up the wrongdoing by protecting the wrongdoers and retaliating against the whistleblowers," said Quigley."

more on the Pedowitz UCLA case from his side here. Other links in the earlier post, too.
and- They've Had It! Maybe.

UNC Whistleblower plans to resign
Ding- ding- ding-: finally some of them get it?-- that it is about the investigations history, too:
Bipartisan Senate Group Demands More Transparency In College Sexual Assault Investigations

Finally, the senators recommended better disclosure of ongoing federal investigations into colleges for alleged mishandling of sexual violence on campus, as well as the creation of an online, searchable database of complaints, compliance reviews and investigations. Such a database does not currently exist, and in its absence, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) compiled a list of recent Title IX and Clery Act investigations by the Education Department in January. The department also does not actively announce ongoing investigations under Title IX, the gender equity statute, and does not disclose when it launches investigations under the Clery Act, the campus crime law.

Gillibrand sent the letter along with Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

On student athlete unions: whose poll? and what does it matter? shouldn't those at practice and on the field decide whether they need it or not?

$10 Million inconvenience?! - "the ex-head of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who says the medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care. " receives $10 mil settlement.

Is it an inconvenience- or is it that they just don't want the information to come out?
see LA Times on this- UC OKs Paying Surgeon $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Case

In 2012, the surgeon sued UCLA, the UC regents, fellow surgeons and senior university officials, alleging they failed to act on his complaints about widespread conflicts of interest and later retaliated against him for speaking up.
UCLA denied Pedowitz's allegations, and officials said they found no wrongdoing by faculty and no evidence that patient care was jeopardized. But the UC system paid him anyway, saying it wanted to avoid the "substantial expense and inconvenience" of further litigation.

As department chairman, Pedowitz testified, he became concerned about colleagues who had financial ties to medical-device makers or other companies that could unduly influence their care of patients or taint important medical research.
He also alleged that UCLA looked the other way because the university stood to benefit financially from the success of medical products or drugs developed by its doctors.

"These are serious issues that patients should be worried about," Pedowitz said in an interview. "These problems exist in the broader medical system and they are not restricted to UCLA."

Mark Quigley, an attorney representing Pedowitz, said the case could have been avoided if the UC system enforced the policies it already has in place.
"What good are all the policies if they protect the wrongdoers and fail to protect the actual whistleblower?" Quigley said. "The university wanted to cover it all up."

Daily Bruin coverage on it here

Chron Higher Ed coverage here

and AP coverage here

and Patch coverage here

University Diaries on some of the other items earlier
Geffen quote in this be 'optimistic' campaign -more on it here- his current? CEO is awaiting confirmation as a UC Regent still

ps would they all self describe as optimists? would their employees, co-workers call them that? optimisitic vs pragmatic - or something else?

Paying for Bloat (or an education)?

see Academe Blog:

In this past week’s issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, there is a very revealing graph representing the changes in employment in colleges and universities from 1976 to 2011. The graph is based on an analysis of IPEDs data by AAUP’s John Curtis.

Full-Time Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

1976 – 353,681

2011 – 436,293

Increase – 23%

Graduate Student Employees

1976 – 160.086

2011 – 358,743

Increase – 123%

Full-Time Executives

1976 – 97,003

2011 – 233,368

Increase 141%

Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty

1976 – 80,883

2011 – 290,238

Increase – 259%

Part-Time Faculty

1976 – 199,139

2011 – 768,071

Increase – 286%

Full-Time Non-Faculty Professional Staff

1976 – 150,319

2011 – 704,505

Increase – 369%

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Whack A Mole as policy implementation of Title IX, today's SCOTUS decision on AA, more

IHE for these two stories: first, at CA colleges Failure to Enforce Title IX?
A complaint filed last week with the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that more than 120 California institutions are failing to provide sufficient athletic opportunities for women – and that the government office in charge of enforcing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 isn’t doing anything about it.

and having to go from OCR to DOJ and:
But the DOJ complaint points to a larger problem with OCR than just its handling of mass complaints, said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation. She compared OCR’s procedures to those of the agencies that regulate occupational health and environmental protection.
"If you see dumping going on, you shouldn’t need to be the one who gets sick in order to be able to get the EPA to respond, right?” she said. “You’re making mass complaints impossible…. You’re asking an 18- to 22-year-old to be responsible for suing their school to bring about Title IX compliance. When you think about achieving the true promise of Title IX, which is real gender equity that everybody can see and appreciate, their current strategy is ineffective.”

(and where are the Clery folks on figuring out the numbers related to sports and the numbers related to other cases? how does this trip up- or not trip up- the Clery numbers?)
and then-- lots of background and materials here on today's SCOTUS decision: Affirmative Action Ban Upheld
and reflecting on 'just because you can, does it mean you should?' this Earth Day- UCSC and UCB researchers on revive, restore, de-extincting:

Mixed Up Energy - on Earth Day, Earth Week

Chancellor Dirks hosts clean-energy talks with DOE, industry
--and there's this Earth Week activity
round up on BP and Russia Sanctions and here
and BP head says Russian business unaffected by sanctions
last week- Keystone delayed again - (when was it ever confirmed - it has never been confirmed that the oil will be used in USA?) - it would only bring enough jobs to staff a large mall?
and, what's T.Boone up to?

wild history- eugenics and trees?: John Campbell Merriam and Madison Grant - -- all you Gatsby aficionados Author F. Scott Fitzgerald featured a reference to Grant in The Great Gatsby. Tom Buchanan, the husband of Daisy Buchanan, the novel's principal female character, was reading a book called The Rise of the Colored Empires by "this man Goddard"

Guess? that's why the Olmsteds are frequently more prominently featured...