Thursday, May 15, 2014

Delicate or Blurred Lines?

SF Business Times Napolitano To Regents: Research Doesn't Hurt Teaching
Isn't it the academic side that is supposed to say it?

There were moments in the UC Regents meeting where Napolitano's level of power, influence and workload became part of the topic up for discussion:

Regent Reiss claimed the UC Regents and Chancellors need to help empower Napolitano in order to make necessary changes regarding Title IX during yesterday's meeting which you can view here 01:54:00 mark

VP Stobo talked with Governor Brown about his level of power and Napolitano's level of power to enact change on how the UC Medical Centers and UCOP grow, provide benefits, take on more with less -- and they gave their thoughts about Napolitano's workload in the mix during today's meeting which you can view here- the Q and A from his presentation begins at the 00:41:00 - Stobo also has other important comments about UC SHIP and CSU and CCC- and he responds the the Faculty Rep Jacobs at one point on benefits- lots to cover in this 40 minute long section Daily Cal on that section of the meeting here.
“I’m convinced that we need to move from a volume-based to a value-based model in which we’re not the sum of five individual medical campuses but we act as an integrated health system,” Stobo said.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he viewed these cost strategies “with trepidation” and pointed to the need for a central administrator, other than UC President Janet Napolitano, to issue directives down the chain and oversee the systemwide process of cutting expenses.

“If you’ve got a massive structure like right now, everybody needs to talk to everybody else,” Pattiz said. “The buck’s got to stop at somebody, and there has to be a driving force to make that happen.”

(Don't recall Yudof's workload, power being discussed in this manner- except for when he, himself downplayed his abilities to influence system-wide change.)

and the DC coverage from Wed education committee meeting- on transfer students.

In the finance committee section of today's meeting the Governor asked VP Brostrom for something less than 100 pages he could read that would explain what UCOP is and what UCOP does... he also asked that the UC Chancellors contact him directly to discuss what the faculty commonly call "the benchmarking"- how funding for each campus is sliced and diced and allocated by UCOP, the UCSF secession talk was brought up in this section again - but not as 'secession' directly- as 'complaints UCSF had' about it.

UC Path

Brostrom also mentioned that UC Path will not launch until Jan 2015-it was supposed to launch July 2013- there was a 6% contingency for cost overrun on the project... Regent Zettel did photo op in front of a building with employees for UC Path launch... but it hasn't launched yet?

Brostrom's and Taylor's (former CFO) divisions are now combined at UCOP for the interim while Brostrom figures out how to reorganize their units once again... The finance committee can be viewed here beginning at the 01:45:20 mark here

They also discuss the education abroad program, and new UCOP hiring of consultants policy in that session.
The afternoon session from yesterday's UC Regents meeting can be viewed here but you have to toggle-hunt for them- it include snippets from the Compliance and Audit committee 01:13:00 mark and at the 01:44:00 mark Buildings and Grounds discusses UCB Richmond Bay, UCSC projects, more.
Google Glass handed out to medical students at UC Irvine- The California school thinks the device will help students with anatomy, clinical skills, and hospital rotation
45 years later, Angela Davis still an activist
The interaction between the Governor and the UCSA rep on fossil fuels started out with the Gov acting like he wanted to school the UCSA rep about how fossil fuels aren't going anywhere- then Pattiz and Napolitano jumped into the issue. They ended with agreeing on a good likelihood of some targeted divestment, you can view it here at the 01:29:20 mark (The Governor brings up the billions of miles traveled by Californians- 332.2 billion miles mostly on fossil fuels so why not a moratorium on driving, he asks. Anyway, just brought to mind the number of cigarettes/smoking on UC campuses policies as a compare and contrast to what he said. Also the ease of the compact at Chez Panisse Napolitano achieved- Pattiz did not point out a perceived 'worthless gesture' of those efforts,yet he wants to tell the UCSA rep that they are goin' about things the wrong way.)
Then the Governor went on CNN with Wolf and talked about the wildfires in SoCal and climate change.
and there's also this there:

"A large sector of the West Antarctic ice sheet has gone into irreversible retreat," according to Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at the University of California, Irvine, who led one of the teams. "It has passed the point of no return." His team measured shrinkages of 10 to 35 kilometers in several retreating glaciers since the early 1990s. Those glaciers are also thinning.
Warming air is intensifying the winds that sweep round the Antarctic, but it's not warming air that is melting the glaciers there. Those winds are drawing warm waters to the surface. The warm waters are eroding the ice.
Causes? Seems to be mainly the warming caused by the greenhouse effects of increasing carbon dioxide from burning gas, oil, and coal. But the ozone hole, also human-caused but having nothing to do with greenhouse gases or fossil fuels, might also be intensifying the winds.
So far, sea level rise worldwide has been caused mainly by the heat-caused expansion of seawater, much more than melting ice. But melting land ice will have a big effect on sea level rise.
Ian Joughin, leader of the other research team, said that nothing can stop the collapse of the ice sheet, adding, "There's no stabilization mechanism."
But, again, it will be slow. Centuries. John H. Mercer of the Ohio State University was first to predict this way back in 1978. He died without seeing the Antarctic glaciers break up. And so will we all.
So, back to bed. People 200 years from now? Not our problemo.
The only wrinkle in that thought is that centuries ago, about 225 years ago to be more precise, some people wrote a Constitution and Bill of Rights that affect our lives every day and that we refer to daily to guide us legally and morally. Those people could have said, "Screw it, let's make money." I think about my debt to them for wanting to be better than that. I often wish we wanted to be as good.

More- see: Pension Dropped from Demand of UC Fossil Fuel Divestment Proponents

and also on the UC Regents meetings, there's this, too.

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