Thursday, February 23, 2017

Points back to the cause....

Gary May confirmed as UC Davis chancellor, permanent ...
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article134603904.html

UC regents unanimously approve Georgia Tech dean as new ...

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-davis-chancellor-20170223-story.html


Lots of the coverage points back to the cause:
http://www.kcra.com/article/new-chancellor-named-at-uc-davis-after-uproar-last-year/8973736

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Why Immigrant Students Are Changing Their Minds About Janet Napolitano ...
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/02/janet-napolitano-champion-of-daca/517539/


Includes this link to conference in Jan she spoke at and more

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Dirk's writes this Op Ed:

Top universities must enroll more low-income students
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Universities-must-enroll-more-low-income-students-10955279.php

Includes:
"The United States today ranks near the very bottom among industrialized nations in both income equality and social mobility. This should serve as a wake-up call: While the American Dream — the notion that those who possess talent and diligence should have an equal opportunity to rise to the top — is resilient, it is now more attainable abroad than in America itself.

Many factors have contributed to this alarming trend, and it will no doubt be difficult to counter. But the institutions that will play a uniquely important role in doing so are our nation’s top colleges and universities.

College graduates now earn around $1 million more over the course of their lifetimes than those with only a high-school degree, and this gap will only increase as the global economy continues to restructure in favor of innovation economies and knowledge workers.

Furthermore, we know well that those who attend better schools go on to get better jobs. Yet our system of higher education reflects our country’s wealth divide, and many highly gifted students from low-income families simply never get an opportunity to succeed at the best colleges and universities this country has to offer.

Consider: "...

And, he seems to be on an Op Ed roll, he also wrote: this

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In depth on the 'for now'

See:
Are California's jeopardized Middle Class Scholarships worth saving?
Davis Enterprise - http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/are-californias-jeopardized-middle-class-scholarships-worth-saving/

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Trump's sweeping immigration plan leaves DACA in place — for now | News for College Students | USA TODAY College
http://college.usatoday.com/2017/02/22/trumps-sweeping-immigration-plan-leaves-daca-in-place-for-now/
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Court won’t let aid to be taken from immigrant UC students
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Court-won-t-let-aid-to-be-taken-from-immigrant-10952578.php

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UC President Janet Napolitano blasts Trump immigration crackdown ...http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-uc-president-janet-napolitano-blasts-1487802340-htmlstory.html
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UC President Janet Napolitano to speak to Senate Democrats
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article131350964.html

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"a $2 billion higher education bond bill to improve facilities across University of California and California State University campuses was introduced Thursday."
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/22/state-sen-glazer-introduces-2-billion-higher-education-bond-bill/

IX and Guidance?

Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms | Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-lgbt-idUSKBN161243



http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/alleged-draft-letter-rescinds-justice-department-s-transgender-student-policy-n724071

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Meant to break it?

Jerry Brown to Congress: Protect California’s private retirement program
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article132862844.html

And also see:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/15/jerry-brown-urges-california-delegation-to-vote-no-on-gop-attempt-to-block-state-auto-iras/

Earlier this month:
The Pension Monster that Devoured Education
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/02/pension-monster-devoured-education/

Recall:
(Trying to) Take a Load Off Public Pensions
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/09/trying-to-take-load-off-public-pensions.html


And,
http://capitalandmain.com/uc-retirement-plan-under-threat-0609


Stories circulating this week (on unfamiliar retirement pension industry sites so no link here) on "Layla Suscavage, a former employee of the University of California San Diego Health division, argues in a new lawsuit that she was “forced to ..."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coverage on patent battle on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing latest news

See Cal's: Appeals board clears way for UC Berkeley to receive patent on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing
http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/02/15/patent-office-determines-uc-broad-institute-patent-claims-on-crispr-cas9-genome-editing-are-separately-patentable/

Includes:
"thereby moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent.

More particularly, the PTAB ruled that the use of CRISPR-Cas9 systems in eukaryotic cells, such as human cells, as claimed in the patents and applications filed by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is a separate invention from the general use of CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology in any type of cell, as claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by Jennifer Doudna, Emmanuelle Charpentier and their research teams at UC Berkeley and the University of Vienna.

In its ruling, the PTAB justified its finding of “no interference in fact” by stating: “Broad has persuaded us that the parties claim patentably distinct subject matter.” As such, the patent board ultimately determined that they will “enter judgment of no interference-in-fact, which neither cancels nor finally refuses either parties’ claims” (emphasis added)." ...- see the full article.

And Daily Cal has:
Both parties in CRISPR-Cas9 technology lawsuit can maintain patents, board rules
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/15/us-patent-trial-appeal-board-ruling-allows-parties-crispr-lawsuit-maintain-patents/
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But then see LA Times: UC Berkeley loses epic fight over patent for CRISPR gene-editing technique
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-crispr-patent-decision-20170215-story.html

Broad Institute wins bitter battle over CRISPR patents
Nature.com
http://www.nature.com/news/broad-institute-wins-bitter-battle-over-crispr-patents-1.21502


Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight - The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/science/broad-institute-harvard-mit-gene-editing-patent.html?_r=0


And related,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-scientists-urge-serious-consideration-of-gene-editing-in-human-embryos_us_58a48664e4b03df370dc6fcf

UnChartEd...

See on UC admissions- a local not wide issue , but interesting:
"UC letter threatens Livermore charter students admissions"
East Bay Times

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/14/livermore-uc-admission-at-risk-for-charter-students/


In light of these recent accounts:

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-trump-devos-and-spicer-addressed-1487102754-htmlstory.html
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/politics/charter-schools-controversy-enrollment-trump/

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/betsy-devos-christian-schools-vouchers-charter-education-secretary
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/08/a-sobering-look-at-what-betsy-devos-did-to-education-in-michigan-and-what-she-might-do-as-secretary-of-education/?utm_term=.764f90945487