Saturday, February 11, 2012

Occupy Cal- The Fungus Among Us

mycologists unite! some coverage:
SF Chron

SJ Mercury News

Bay Citizen

DailyCal

Berkeley Daily Planet

this is from UC Berkeley Public Affairs - interesting how they view Californians as 'non affiliates'...but at other times when they want $ - they want 'all Californians to stand up for UC'.

KGO has the best coverage today- with video.

The Mushroom.

Reasons for all this covered well here:
Heather McGhee on the Millennial Generation with Bill Moyers
“Millennials”, the 80-plus million Americans who were born roughly between 1978 and 2000, are getting hit hard by economic circumstances created over the past 30 years. They may be the first generation of Americans who cannot count on doing better than their parents. How have these realities affected their outlook? And how will it impact Barack Obama’s future? Millennials turned out for him by huge margins in 2008, but their enthusiasm has waned. In this Moyers & Company segment, Bill Moyers talks with a Millennial who has dedicated herself to tackling these issues. At 31, Heather McGhee directs the Washington office of the research and advocacy group Demos, and is fighting for financial reforms and consumer protection.

“Our generation is the most diverse generation in American history… But we are also the generation that is experiencing record inequality — inequality in our economy and inequality in our democracy,” McGhee tells Moyers. “We need to become a very politically-engaged generation.”


A portion of UC Regent audio now available.

is anybody paying any damn attention to what is goin' on in SD? The Gov. said: "The people who know about teaching are the people who teach…you gotta have tests…but this whole testing business hasn’t always been the way it is today…it was a new idea in 1977 that the SAT would be a requirement to get into University of California…tests have become an obsession…too much of a good thing becomes a bad…salt, calcium, tests…I want to put teachers in charge of the schools…(Is he speaking to the California Federation of Teachers which is backing one of the tax-raising measures that threaten his own proposal?)"

There are Acad Senate motions at Davis about a No Confidence Vote on Chancellor Katehi.

and UC Berkeley Updates Retirement Policies For Chair-Holding Professors

1 comment:

  1. Re the Harran case: Really no new development reported but this is consistent with what I surmised last week.
    http://www.indiawest.com/news/2958-uc-regents-ucla-prof-face-felony-charges-in-2008-lab-fire.html
    "The delay allows ongoing plea negotiations on three counts each of willfully violating occupational and health safety standards, which resulted in the January 2009 death of the 23-year-old Indian American researcher."

    The most interesting part of the story is one of the photographs, specifically the photo of the partially burnt/melted syringe. Assuming that photo is in fact from the scene of this incident (and not stock footage, there is no photo caption), then it seems she accidentally pulled the plunger out of the barrel causing the reagent solution to spill onto her hand/arm as it ignited. This is different from what I had initially read in the news, that the needle had separated from the syringe body and thus exposed the reagent to air. Those (nominally) 50 mL syringes do take some force to pull the plunger back. One must be careful to apply enough force to overcome the initial (ie static) friction to get it moving but not so much so as to yank the plunger out. There's not much in the way of a backstop at the end of the barrel. If that photo is really from her accident, then it does point to her relative lack of experience. Additionally, the needle she used was too short - should have used a 6 in. needle, these details actually matter a lot as to how easy/difficult it is to get the needle into the solution at a reasonable angle - how things are positioned absolutely matters for a safe transfer.

    My prediction: Harran's going to walk (no jail time) in plea deal admitting to guilt on misdemeanor charge(s), the UC is going to cough up big bucks while making a speech about commitment to safety in the future, and the family is going to be upset. Will the UC admit institutional guilt to willful violation? Surely they don't want to do that but 'nolo contendere' is usually off the table in criminal cases.

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