Friday, October 31, 2014

Bathtub Rings and Safe Harbors

PNAS on UCSB research:
Fallout plume of submerged oil from Deepwater Horizon
and
NBC news on it- BP Oil Spill Left Rhode Island Sized Bathtub Ring On Seafloor
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remember comments on 'UCB is a Federal University' a few years back -- now UCB is a 'BGC': Berkeley Global Campus: a new, bolder vision for Richmond Bay

In a presentation to the Academic Senate, Dirks unveiled the outlines of the proposed Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay, a reimagining of what was originally planned as a joint “second campus” for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley. In 2013, the Lab lost expected U.S. Department of Energy funding in the wake of federal budget sequestration, leaving development plans for the Richmond Field Station in limbo.

But it also opened the door to the Berkeley Global Campus, or BGC, which Dirks on Wednesday called “a transformational model for expansion of our educational and research activities in a global context.”

“We have the opportunity to become the first American university to establish an international campus in the United States, right here in the East Bay,” he said. Instead of planting the UC Berkeley flag in a foreign country — the standard “export model” for global universities — BGC would be “a new form of international hub where an exclusive group of some of the world’s leading universities and high-tech companies will work side-by-side with us in a campus setting.”

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“We talk about a branch campus affording a ‘safe harbor,’” said Dirks, noting that U.S. universities with beachheads in mainland Asia and the Middle East experience “considerable anxiety” when presenting themselves as islands of academic freedom. “Well, this is a safe harbor in a safe harbor.”

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Toll for Young Athletes, Women in all things 'Higher Ed'

see CNN video clip and story here:
Unnecessary roughness? Players Question NCAA's Record On Concussions

and so, why is US Higher Ed just now coming to grips with implications of 35 + yr old Title IX leg. and other higher ed policy etc. --maybe some answers in this other CNN piece

and for another take on the above also read this op ed there, too.

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How was he picked? Was the UC Berkeley administration working a wedge in picking him, or not? Can't someone just explain the process? CNN on UC Berkeley overrides or just sticks with their pick.

Also see Admin statement on commencement speaker: In August the “Californians” chose Bill Maher as the speaker for the December commencement ceremony. However, last night the “Californians” reconvened without administration participation and came to a decision that the invitation should be rescinded.

The UC Berkeley administration cannot and will not accept this decision, which appears to have been based solely on Mr. Maher’s opinions and beliefs, which he conveyed through constitutionally protected speech.

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Finally, the unfortunate events surrounding the selection of this year’s winter commencement speaker demonstrate the need to develop a new policy for managing commencement ceremonies. The new process will ensure that these events are handled in a manner commensurate with our values and enduring commitment to free speech. We will be announcing the new policy as soon as it is ready.
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Daily Cal on Berkeley Lab or LBNL : According to the lab’s workforce data for this year, underrepresented minorities — defined as blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans — make up about 4 percent of research scientists and engineers and 13 percent of all staff. The numbers for women are approximately 16 and 33 percent, respectively.

Minorities also represent about 6 percent of the postdoctoral scientists and 9 percent of the informational, mechanical and electrical engineers. Women make up about 27 percent and 22 percent of the same categories.

Friday, October 24, 2014

'Alpha'-ing and OMG-ing?

Don't some UC Regents and UC Faculty sit on the board to picks who wins?

UC Davis loses bid to land stem cell clinic
but
UC San Diego Named Stem Cell “Alpha Clinic”

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See Sac Bee on: The University of California hosts a day-long conference on enhancing the student experience through technology, starting at 8 a.m. at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, to discuss the ways in which big data, mobile devices and other new trends are changing the delivery of education. UC President Janet Napolitano kicks off the summit with remarks at 9 a.m.

In recent years, Gov. Jerry Brown has pushed the UC and California State University systems to pursue online education. It remains a priority for the governor, even after a high-profile experiment at San Jose State University last summer flopped.

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Sac Bee
its reunion time at Yale Law for CA Gov

and LA Times:some of his fellow alums talk about the unexpected ways of governing

don't think there's any S and B involved - but it is late Oct., lol.
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UCSF Synapse on Napolitano touting research
- with an evang. kinda headline (??)

UCLA Fac Blog on Napolitano talking about her more difficult previous job : UC Prez Napolitano on Middle East, Immigration, Attorney General Vacancy, Higher Ed
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It isn't just UNC-CH with this storyline set of questions that always come up - it looks similar when it happens elsewhere:

the admin didn't know?
the faculty didn't know?
the 'staff' is solely to blame?
the claims of retaliation?

'blind spots' where million$ involved?

It was just everyone assumed everyone could trust everyone else?

and along with other coverage of it--
University Diaries highlights: “Once you start admitting students to be something other than students, are the lofty goals of a research institution not inherently perverted?”


Thursday, October 23, 2014

"The University of California in particular needs to cut lavish salaries paid to bureaucrats, and spend more to develop, attract and retain great teachers."

that is from an op ed in Sac Bee: Jerry Brown has a huge opportunity, assuming he wins his fourth term, and we do
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the New Post Bac Revenue Stream? see:
New post-bac at Berkeley may be hottest ticket to grad school
“We get you the right classes with top scientists in their field, the right research experience, personalized advising and, if you do well, genuine, positive letters of recommendation,” Fisher said. “We’re custom-wrapping with a bow on top what you need to get into grad school.”

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and UCLA Fac Blog had this on Prop 2 Now, Props 1 and 2 ads feature some Cal folk - Tyson from Haas


Brown’s message goes to what his team calls a “core California narrative” — “our schools and water project built our wealth, and made us great.”

Another spot called “Roller Coaster” stars Tyson, the former chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She says that “the roller coaster in California always seems to go up and down between boom and bust.” The two ballot measures, she says, “smooth out the ride.”