Friday, July 4, 2014

Food Fight at UC, and The 4th, more

see NPR: Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

They are remarkably successful at it. Most of the strawberries that we eat trace their ancestry to breeding plots at UC Davis. And because strawberries are a phenomenally valuable crop, these varieties earned the University of California $50 million in royalties from 2004 to 2013. This placed strawberries among the the UC system's top money-earning inventions. That revenue far exceeded the cost ($16 million over those years) of running the strawberry breeding program.

Roughly a third of those royalty payments, $18 million, went directly to the co-inventors of those varieties, the breeders Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson. Shaw and Larson, in turn, shared some of that money with their co-workers.

Until recent years, no public plant breeder could have imagined earning such sums of money, and it's still mind-boggling for many.

Yet in an e-mail to NPR, Shaw sounded disgusted that he wasn't earning even more. "The University has done a poor job of commercialization and has not collected fair value for its product," he wrote.

Those UC Regent meeting issues still cropping up

Daily Cal: UCSA committee votes to request delay of student regent-designate nominee confirmation

Daily Cal: Funds to UCLA student political party came from outside sources, leaked emails show

Daily Nexus: UCSA To Ask UC Regents to Postpone Student Regent-Designate

UCLA Fac Blog Still More About Regents Being In a Pickle Due to "Balancing" Strategy

on UC compensation annual report referenced in previous post -there is now more roundup on it here
and for 'The 4th' this exchange:

DANIELLE ALLEN: At this point, it’s sort of burned into my heart, I think.

But you have got to make that whole circuit from individual rights to what we do collectively, and that period after pursuit of happiness breaks up the arc of the argument.

JEFFREY BROWN: And so, if it’s a comma, it means that the original idea was to carry through.

DANIELLE ALLEN: That’s right. Absolutely.

And all the manuscripts punctuate with semicolons after each of those clauses, so that it’s clear that it goes all the way through to the end. And that’s also true of the manuscript that was written out by Charles Thomson, secretary for Congress, in the official minute book of Congress, the corrected record, it’s called.

JEFFREY BROWN: To the extent this is an argument for the power of words and the power of understanding of language, you have done this from, as I said, ancient Athens to the study — you come to it from the study of classics, right?

DANIELLE ALLEN: That’s right. That’s right.

JEFFREY BROWN: Philosophy, history.


in full here: Happy 4th!

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