Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Napolitano made direct investment possible by removing the 1989 set of industry-academia guidelines. The rescission has roiled faculty — not only because of the change but also because of the abrupt way she did it."

See KQED Janet Napolitano Hopes UC Can Cash In on Companies, Not Just Research

Clare says the changes are not trivial. He is concerned they will divert resources from basic research — the kind that eventually leads to really big breakthroughs. “I am really worried at a fundamental level that the office of the president is spelling research: T-E-C-H T-R-A-N-S-F-E-R.” Tech transfer — that is, innovations that can be sold to corporations. “We are supposed to be the producers of knowledge,” Clare says, “much more than the producers of widgets.”


Robert Clare is a physics professor at Cal and chair of the University Committee on Research Policy in the Academic Senate. It’s the representative body where faculty can weigh in on issues like this. He says there was no indication of these sweeping changes and that the official statement made it sound completely benign. “They said that these are just some technical and trivial changes,” he says, “and it is not even going to be brought up to the Senate.” That was in October, after Napolitano had been president for two weeks. She declined to comment for this story.

yesterday noted the no comment on the AZ story Center for Investigative Reporting and Pro Publica broke on Napolitano etc. and others notice the no comment approach, too
OC Reg.:
Competing interests await UCI's top dog
multiple pieces of legislation on CIS and A-G requirements

California Shores Up Support for Computer Science Education
Computer science legislation is headed to the governor's desk as California educators call for an increased focus on computing.

this issue came up several times also at the UC regents CA Senate Rules committee meeting last week.

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