Thursday, December 24, 2015

"It’s expected that UC professors will be a resource, and that the team that Vivek puts together will look to the faculty to leverage the knowledge and expertise that’s there."

Good detail in this article:
"Here’s Why the University of California Is Getting Into the Venture Capital Business"
http://recode.net/2015/12/24/heres-why-the-university-of-california-is-getting-into-the-venture-capital-business/

on UC licensing and OTL moves, patents, comparisons w/ Mission Bay Capital and Start X and
SkyDeck and AMPLab come up, see also:

Steve Montiel, a spokesperson for the UC, says the new fund will operate as a talent draw that can incorporate university resources into its investment strategy, and that it will it lean on faculty to do so as the fund grows over time.

“If people knew there was a fund investing in UC research, it’d help the UC attract the best talent in entrepreneurship,” Montiel said. “It’s expected that UC professors will be a resource, and that the team that Vivek puts together will look to the faculty to leverage the knowledge and expertise that’s there. It’s still early, there will be more details as the team and infrastructure are built.”


and the article includes: Ranadive is now recruiting for a CFO on it...
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"The Humanities as Service Departments: Facing the Budget Logic "

https://profession.commons.mla.org/2015/12/16/the-humanities-as-service-departments-facing-the-budget-logic/
includes examples drawing from:
the closure of the Department of Philosophy at Middlesex University in London in 2010

and

classic program closure was the 2010 decision of the administration at the State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, to “suspend all new admissions” to French, Italian, Russian, classics, and theater, leaving Spanish as the university’s sole language major.

Note a different  approach:

 Since I began to study university budgets through an academic senate position fifteen years ago, cross-disciplinary inequalities have worsened, but I have in general not found faculty members to be much more interested in addressing them than are academic managers. Thus I’m going to be a bit less polite about competing faculty disciplinary interests than I have been in the past.

and includes an important conclusion:

Key elements such as a review committee elected by faculty members and that committee’s “access to detailed program, department, and administration-unit budgets” (12) will never be put into practice without case-by-case effort, which requires a broad faculty conviction that governance rights should be shared. I don’t believe this conviction exists in this country.

and in the context of the whole paper, see:


 If administrations allocate resources...faculty members must contest current perceptions of returns in the technosciences. This contesting will be harder and more conflictual than asking to maintain modest humanities base budgets, but I’m afraid the time has come to do it.

Also,

Tenure-track faculty members have generally consented to the adjuncting of most instruction. Perhaps as humanities tenured faculty members become de facto service teachers, we will draw the line.

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"Year in review: Breakthrough gene editor sparks ethics debate"
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/year-review-breakthrough-gene-editor-sparks-ethics-debate


"Science magazine names CRISPR 'Breakthrough of the Year'"
http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/science-magazine-names-crispr-breakthrough-year

"Diving Into The Ethics Of The Technology Behind Designer Babies
Scientists weigh in on new advancements in manipulating human genes."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/crispr-human-genes-bioethicists_566099d7e4b079b2818db09a

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