Wednesday, July 17, 2013

“At Berkeley we have the largest collection of Nobel Prize winners on the planet. Many others at UCLA and elsewhere, she’s nowhere in that spectrum at all," he said. "She’s not going to have the respect of these people.”

see: As UC regents vote on Napolitano as president, critics cite lack of academic background

But UCLA law professor Abraham Wagner said Napolitano's lack of academic experience is a big deal. He points out that she will be making big decisions affecting professors' scholarship and research.

“At Berkeley we have the largest collection of Nobel Prize winners on the planet. Many others at UCLA and elsewhere, she’s nowhere in that spectrum at all," he said. "She’s not going to have the respect of these people.”

Some students aren't too pleased, either. Like this alum: The Case Against the Napolitano Nomination
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Wasn't this the first Cal acad guy who worked on Op Ex? (then, some other engineering faculty took it on) Guess he doesn't want to stick around for the results...UC San Diego names Berkeley professor new dean of Jacobs School of Engineering
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Sac Bee is tweeting the UC Regents meeting
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The strangest thing about the discussion that led up to the vote on the student regent designate (just before they broke for lunch at 11:50am PST) is that all of the caveats, all of the qualifiers (from Reiss and Lansing on behalf of Reiss, Yudof, Varner)- those caveats and qualified statements also apply to the very same regents who expressed their explanation for their votes in support or to abstain. In fact, their regent positions aren't even put to a vote- but maybe they can't see that view. Lots of folks allow them to fill the position of regent even though they bring their own business and other interests as baggage, too.
Regent Blum: on North Korea and Berkeley, anti semitism and stop lights and his clients in the region, whew. You just have to read or view his comments in full- eventually he became eloquent in his vote to abstain.
At the end of the vote Mark Yudof looked somber, very serious as he talked with Chair Varner. Blum mentioned the emails he got and Yudof probably got and will continue to get flack for voting for her. Likely, the continued coverage of her future in the position is going to be something on par with what no other student regent has experienced. Hopefully, the other (full 12 year termed) regents will recognize that aspect and be a support to both student regents as they chart these waters.
Don't know how the vote broke down, for instance, how Newsom voted on it.
Gavin Newsom is acting Gov. while Brown is traveling Ireland and Germany.
Lansing and Reiss were on a delayed flight from LA so they arrived at the meeting around 10:45am and Gould and Newsom also walked in to the room around the same time. Don't see or hear Regent Pattiz around, either.
ugh, the fiat flush next to the seal... HuffPo also covers the vote: here. And really complete coverage of many sides here by NBC Bayarea.

Since we are sorta on this topic: Leon Panetta might want to note Napolitano is apparently Methodist so Hail Marys not likely- and Joe Matthews characterization of UC faculty is...jaw dropping.




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