Monday, March 26, 2018

Double Hel(l)IX-ed at Berkeley and in Oz

First read this in Daily Cal to understand the basics on the latest UC Berkeley Title IX case:
UC Berkeley statistics professor allegedly sexually harassed postdoctoral researcher

Then, to understand it better see this in-depth report that offers exclnt analysis and interviews on it. It also details the most bizarre ad hoc 'on the fly' policy approach to the subject, along with academics' important and sometimes strange comments interspersed,as well-- read in full the transcript at Australian Broadcasting Network:
"A standard deviation: Sexual harassment in Australian science"
-or, you can just listen to the podcast--but you likely will need to go to the transcript b/c you'll be saying to yourself over and over 'did I hear that right?'
Then read the comments section here, too:

- along with the cray cray lack of uniform policy on it in Oz -important to remember it's two years on and still waiting on Berkeley for a conclusion...

On another case at Cal:
Dismissed+Settlement= Cleared for UC Regents?

More interviewing in friendly silicon valley centric circles:
If You’re Not Doing Something About It, You’re Part of the Problem’
Valley legend Reid Hoffman in conversation with policy legend Janet Napolitano

Friday, March 23, 2018

Rejection letters from UC to CA effects,, IX and VII, and Funding for UC in gubernatorial race, more

First, do you remember it this way?:

Regent gets regional: A Q&A with UC Regents chair George Kieffer

DC: Can you comment on the allegations against former regent Norman Pattiz?

GK: This was a new issue for us — something being brought to public attention outside the Board of Regents. Honestly we had not ever addressed that before. That was something we had to deal with on a policy basis. … It put us in a situation where we have a regent denying what has been said, a newspaper saying something and a reaction from the public and students saying that we should take action. Our view was we needed to let this play out in court, rather than force some action by Pattiz. … He planned to resign rather than being forced to resign. My sense was this was a decision that he should make, that he probably would make, that he did make. From the outside, it was more simple than what it was in reality."...

- also see there his comments on the work on appointing new UC Regents to the existing 4 vacancies.

At UCSD they have this blunt fact in a rather shocking new report on UC workforce numbers:

"UC Employs Predominantly White Men"

On admissions decisions on CA residents, this Op Ed:
UC needs to be transparent about who gets in

Then this report on impact of student admissions decisions on CA residents:
Students Rejected From A UC Or CSU Are Leaving California In Droves — And May never Come Back


Gavin Newsom says increased higher education spending should be top priority in California budget talks to avoid tuition hikes

Surprisingly, the Leite-Fleming sexual harassment cases at Berkeley are coming up again in this new turn of events- in brief abstract here:
The new VC admin at Cal on:

Is UC Berkeley research part of the Cambridge Analytica- Facebook Scandal, or not?

The Guardian has multiple ongoing analysis and coverage, this article includes this section:

"Facebook gave data about 57bn friendships to academic
Volume of data suggests trusted partnership with Aleksandr Kogan, says analyst"
..."Facebook provided the dataset of “every friendship formed in 2011 in every country in the world at the national aggregate level” to Kogan’s University of Cambridge laboratory for a study on international friendships published in Personality and Individual Differences in 2015. Two Facebook employees were named as co-authors of the study, alongside researchers from Cambridge, Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. Kogan was publishing under the name Aleksandr Spectre at the time."...

--To say many other news outlets now also have similar coverage would understate how this news story has "legs"
And Cambridge University has released multiple statements clarifying the University's role as they understand it at this time, see e.g.:

--But UC Berkeley has not stated or made clear that UC research does or doesn't have any connection , why? Cannot find any similar clarifying statement from Berkeley. Why no statement from UC Berkeley clarifying?! Kogan Specter also happens to be UC Berkeley alumnus as well, as mentioned earlier in prior post.

Some partial results of research listings includes:

Thin-slicing study of the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and the evaluation and expression of the prosocial disposition | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - PNAS › content
Aleksandr Kogan, Laura R. Saslow, Emily A. Impett, Christopher Oveis, Dacher Keltner and Sarina Rodrigues Saturn. PNAS November 29, 2011. 108 (48) 19189-19192;

The Sociocultural Appraisals, Values, and Emotions (SAVE) Framework of Prosociality: Core Processes from Gene to Meme | Annual Review of Psychology - Annual Reviews
Annual Reviews › doi › abs › annurev-ps...

Dacher Keltner,1 Aleksandr Kogan,2 Paul K. Piff,3 and Sarina R. Saturn4. 1Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley,

Impett, E. A., Kogan, A., English, T., John, O., Oveis, C., Gordon, A., Keltner, D. (2012). Suppression sours sacrifice: Emotional and relationship costs of suppressing emotions in romantic relationships

Impett, E.A., Gordon, A., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., Gable, S.L., Keltner, D. (2010). Moving toward more perfect unions: Daily and long-term consequences of approach and avoidance goals in romantic ...

Rose-colored glasses gone too far? Mania symptoms predict biased emotion experience and perception in couples. Sunny J. Dutra, Tessa V. West, Emily A. Impett, Christopher Oveis, Aleksandr Kogan, Dacher Keltner

--Keltner frequently is, um, 'topical' on UC Berkeley homepage- if there's buzzwords like 'RESILIENCE' 'gratitude', 'power', 'happiness', ' kindness'- the only male on a #metoo panel etc, or other hash tags he is on it with an expert opinion and UC Berkeley highlights it prominently... But right now nothing about his reaearch with Kogan Spectre is being made clear by UC Berkeley, why?


See also:


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The NOT 'Leaned In' Crickets

In addition to the FB executive leadership silence :

on this:

"Cambridge University asks Facebook for evidence about role of academic"

Which includes:
"According to his CV on Cambridge’s website, Kogan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008, and completed a doctorate at Hong Kong University in 2011. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto before joining Cambridge in 2012."

--Berkeley and UCOP and UCSF don't have any pieces or press release reassurances items out on it even though they all claim other connections...
Such as joint projects with potential human subject , HIPPA, FERPA type work in addition to other big Data etc.:
More coverage:

In other news on student loans changes :

Don't miss:
"Does Online Reinforce the Color Line?"


UCSD Fires Teaching Center Director Without Reason; Hires Administrator’s Wife Instead

Monday, March 19, 2018

So 'Stormy', and 'the common good', more

- that ol' song lyric 'bring back that sunny day'...

"Education Dept. Stops Providing Details on Resolved Title IX Cases"
The Chronicle of Higher Education

..."For instance, the website does not identify which investigations have been resolved with each update. It also does not identify the manner in which those investigations were resolved, or the findings of those cases (that is, whether a college was found to have violated Title IX).

According to a Chronicle analysis of changes in the new site, the civil-rights office has opened four ... investigations and resolved 24 others since mid-January."...

UCLA student wins sexual misconduct claim against professor

UCLA professor accused of sexual harassment loses job


It began as a claimed academic inquiry- now 'professor class' on opposite sides of it:


Then this profile includes:

..."Brown took office in the midst of a recession. He believed that no public institution should be exempt from budget cuts, including some that his father had helped to build. When University of California officials resisted, he said that they had an “edifice complex.” Gardels recalled that David Saxon, the university’s president from 1975 to 1983, once told him, “Reagan distrusted public institutions. Jerry Brown distrusted all institutions.” Tony Kline, a friend of Brown’s from Yale, who was his legal-affairs secretary in his first two terms, said, “There is an ascetic aspect to him that is very genuine. He was quoting E. F. Schumacher”—the German economist, who had recently published a best-selling treatise on sustainable development—“talking about lowering expectations, driving around in his blue Plymouth. I think his message of ‘Small is beautiful’ did not really resonate in 1975, but "...


The Common Good Former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich talked at Harvard about the economic and social cycles societies experience and their effect on the common good.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

UC Regents March Meeting Agenda Updated (and earlier nonsense, again)

Just gonna add on :
This regents note:

"Item F9: Budget Categories and Definitions: Systemwide Programs and Presidential Initiatives fulfills a recommendation from the California State Auditor that the Regents hold a public meeting that includes university stakeholders, including campuses and students, to discuss the purpose, intent, and prioritization of each systemwide and presidential initiative in light of campus funding levels for students. Individuals are welcome to comment on this item during the public comment period on March 13, 14 or 15."

And here is each:

Tuesday, March 13
2:00 pm

Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D

Wednesday, March 14

8:30 am

Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf) Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B

Concurrent Meetings

9:30 am

9:30 am

Compliance and Audit Committee (open session) (pdf)Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B

Compliance and Audit Committee (closed session) (pdf)Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B

11:30 am

Governance and Compensation Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D

Governance and Compensation Committee (closed session) (pdf) Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D

Concurrent Meetings

1:00 pm

Academic and Student Affairs Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D

National Laboratories Subcommittee (open session) (pdf) Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D

1:00 pm

Finance and Capital Strategies Committee (closed session) (pdf) Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B

Finance and Capital Strategies Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B

Thursday, March 15

9:15 am

Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B

Upon end of Board closed

Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B


Earlier March 3rd:

Once again, the agenda now references an additional third day (March 13) - as they always do - they only acknowledge the third day/first day of meeting that suddenly pops up the very same day the agenda is first posted. - Because the rule is that the agenda is to be posted ten days in advance it seems a tactic they employ to buy them extra time to withhold info on agenda etc...

And thanks to:

For that link to the agenda:, perhaps only UCLA folks received it? Or more browser compatibility issues on their items again?

Did you see an active visible link -either this weekend nor this morn etc- at:

Anyway here is what appears at:

Monday, March 12, 2018

That 'Tuition Buy Out' Model again, Regents Meeting,, more

"Stop the tuition hikes, and give California colleges `full funding,’ lawmakers say"
..."The proposal unveiled Monday would give the universities exactly what they are asking for: a $263 million boost in ongoing funding for California State University and $197 million for the University of California.

That’s more than double the $92 million that Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed giving to each university system.

“We’ve got to buy out these tuition increases. We’ve got to fully fund the budget requests of the California State University system and the University of California,” said Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

- a proposal offered from leadership out of Santa Monica , seem to remember something like that community college has the highest acceptance transfer rate to UC, and seem to recall some connections to faculty (parents?) and to regents, in that district (or said something like that in his comments while downplaying/rationalizing UC actions in the state audit tampering at the Moreño hearing in Sacto re: review of UCOP behavior during the audit of UCOP)* you can also view here* etc...-Anyway, is this the workable model going forward? UC raises tuition CA Leg run around to 'buy it out'- and then some- in this manner? Will it make the majority of CA folks happy?


For some reason there's a need to make clear:

There was that:


Napolitano doing more interviews:

Gettin' Bakke'd again:

..."It could have even greater consequences nationwide. The case was devised ultimately to topple a 1978 US Supreme Court decision that first endorsed college affirmative action, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke."...

It seems a time honored tradition to feature students overcoming challenges and succeeding, then- this Latest LA Times piece on a Berkeley student many, many reader comments referred back to a Daily Cal:here, and Daily Cal: here

and : Berkeleyside set of stories from last year

- couldn't LAT do the story incorporating both sets of stories (last year and this year?) to give full context?; or cover a student closer to them in SoCal so they could be in depth and have community perspective?; Or... Really unfortunate , the comments etc- would be interesting to know how the piece developed, came about etc...

Then, this update from abclocal

And then this further update from Daily Cal:

The regents meet this week:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hot and Not...

See full article at: Highlander UCR with: Exclusive interview: UC Regents Chair George Kieffer

"Exclusive interview: UC Regents Chair George Kieffer
By Evan Ismail - March 5, 2018

What were some of the issues that you noticed while you were here?

The campus is undergoing a great deal of growth and change. In that kind of situation, you have disruption, whether it’s traffic, whether it’s buildings, whether it’s support staff to meet the growth. I think that as the chancellor pointed out, we’re a little behind the curve in supporting the kind of growth and activities that are going on. So, there’s a lot of pressure on the campus and that puts pressure on students, faculty and staff. So, being aware of that, this campus is in need of more resources to support the students that are here and if we’re going to build this campus, which I think is going to happen, it’s going to need more resources to do that and we have to be aware of that.

Have you seen that kind of growth and disruption at other UC campuses too?

The word “disruption,” I want to be careful about using that but yes, because since 2000 the university has enrolled more than 75,000 students added to the enrollment. And we have not gotten the support from the state to support that increase. So, you see growth on almost all of the campuses but substantial growth on Riverside, and a projected growth. If the university is going to grow and we have demands to go to the University of California, some of the campuses are landlocked, some of the campuses have grown to their capacity, they could grow more, but probably the greatest opportunity for growth of the university is at Riverside long term. Riverside has the land, it has the community support, it has the ability and desire to grow. But for us to expect it to grow, we need to give it the resources to grow.

Has all of this shaped your perspective on your job as chair?

Yes, the more that we do, we need to see every campus as different and every campus as having its own issues and own needs and we can’t treat the campuses in any kind of cookie-cutter fashion. So, we need to think about each campus as different, unique and at a different point in time in its history, and keep that in our minds. Still, 99.9 percent of educating and research and fundraising, and all of the things a university gets engaged in, are done at the campus level and so I think it’s a matter of a discussion of how the resources of the university in total are deployed. That’s something I am going to ask a lot of questions about when I get back up to Oakland.

In the Los Angeles Times recently, it was reported that the UC has declined in rankings globally. Is that something that alarms you?

Absolutely, it’s deeply concerning. Something that we’ve been saying for probably 20 years, but in the last five years in particular, is that that could happen, so I’m sorry to see that kind of report come out.

What did you take from the LA Times article that you want to take back to the Regents?

More than to the regents, I want to take back to the legislature. It’s beyond time to reinvest in the university and the legislature has an obligation to reinvest for this generation and the next generation of Californians. And if we don’t do so, we are going to lose what is probably considered the crown jewel of California, and that is the University of California. We are going to lose the reputation and standing and we will not give this generation, and the next generations of Californians, the same opportunities that we gave my generation, and so that’s a call for reinvestment.

There is a lot of questions among students about the tuition increases. There was one slated for January, which was postponed until May, though it did not go through.

It was postponed with the idea of working with students to ask the legislature to fund that money rather than have tuition.

If the legislature stepped up its commitment to the UC, would the tuition probably go down?

I don’t think the tuition will go down but we may not see as many increases. But it’s difficult over the long term not to have tuition increases because the state now pays for about 40 percent of the core education budget, the lower forty percent. So if the state increases the budget by three or four percent in good years, four percent becomes 1.6 percent which means you probably lost a point to inflation and if you do that for ten consecutive years, you’re shrinking. So if you look at it that way, then you look at tuition and you say ‘well, if the cost of living is going up when the economy is good,’ then you presume that income is going up so the legislative analyst at the State of California has always proposed that we should be increasing tuition by modest amounts during good economic times and not increasing tuition during recessions or flat times.

That’s the long-term policy that the legislative analyst has proposed. And they also proposed regular increases by the state in good economic times because we know that when recession hits, the university will be hit because so much of the budget is locked in. Prop 98 locks in funding for K-12 and community colleges and there are a series of initiatives that have locked in money for other programs. So, the discretionary money available to the legislature is smaller today than it was 30 to 20 years ago as a percentage. So when you get to that point where you get a recession, and other things are locked in, the legislature tends to cut those things that can pay for themselves and one of them is UC, so they kind of look at it as ‘well, they can always raise tuition.’ So long term, we have to develop a policy on tuition and people are going to have to get used to that in some fashion. At the same time, we’re going to have to provide financial aid so that people who could not afford that are not prevented from attending university.

It’s a difficult financial problem we face and at the same time as that, we have to look at the campuses and the faculty whether there are other delivery mechanisms that are coming with the times. How is online education? Is it effective? Is it only partially effective? Is there going to be a disruption of higher education in terms of delivery in ways that there’s been a disruption from everything to taxis and newspapers. No one can see that future, no university has solved this as of yet, so until then, we need to do what we do and fund what we do much more substantially.

62 percent of students at UCR are food insecure so have you, or the UC Regents, done anything to address that problem?"
*See answer at article*

"My last question for you, is there something that you want UCR students to know?

I think that one thing would be that UC Riverside probably is the next future of the university. A lot of the campuses are built out, a lot of them are trapped by their land size, UCLA is the smallest geographically, so they’re not going to grow as much. Santa Cruz is not going to grow very much. They can all grow, but it is going to be a struggle for them. Riverside has a supportive community, more supportive than any other campus. Riverside has land and Riverside has energy. How the university goes in the next 20 years is going to be largely dependent on how Riverside goes. I think we need to give a lot of attention to Riverside. I don’t think Riverside has gotten the attention it deserves. I think it’s going to get that attention and I think it’s going to be the hot campus going forward."

And former LAT Higher Ed reporter, now at Ed Source, L. Gordon has this on a new report on CA higher education faculty demographics:

You can read that report here:

Don't miss page seven (7) and the discussion of senior leadership positions and then the charts for each UC campus.

Daily Cal on it:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Questions Abound on March SoCal UC Madness...

See questions on that story outta UCLA last year:
"Inside the international incident that rocked UCLA's season"...
"While the story made for bold headlines, the details of what transpired in China largely remained under wraps until now. Over the past three months, ESPN conducted a series of interviews with multiple sources who were on the ground in China to recreate a moment-by-moment depiction of the events."

And, How does UC Equity and Inclusion deal with this volume? If at all?:


This where an emeritus UC Irvine econ Prof is interviewed:

Don't miss:

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Simply (ir)resistable?

This next update offers now the UC Regents property of the talk itself

which was being held back,

..."of UCLA Video
‘Our prior objection was providing a platform for the non-student protesters, who sought to disrupt the event,’ a Treasury spokeswoman said
By Kate Davidson
March 10, 2018 2:04 p.m. ET
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has had a change of heart about a video showing him being heckled at a California university last month.

A spokeswoman for the University of California, Los Angeles said the Treasury Department gave its consent for the school to post a full video of Mr. Mnuchin’s Feb. 26 appearance at UCLA"...

-Now emphasizing those troubling questions around academic freedom, press rights,etc even more :and those questions remain unanswered by the UC Regents, the UC Academic Senate...

Here it is via :

Mother Jones:..."Mnuchin “retracted his permission” to release a video of the event.

But thanks to the California Public Records Act, the video Mnuchin didn’t want you to see is now public. In an email sent after 5 pm on Friday, UCLA announced that it had just “received consent” from the Treasury Department to post the full video online."...

In recent days these important updates to the post below:

-and then see this other one--:

..."a letter to UCLA, SPJ/LA noted that the university — a public institution that hosted a public event involving a public official speaking on matters of public interest — is under no legal obligation to comply with a federal government request to suppress the online publication of an official record of such an event.

A UCLA official told SPJ/LA that while there was no formal agreement with Mnuchin’s office, there was an understanding that the video would be posted on the Burkle Center website after the event. The official said this was the first time to her knowledge UCLA was asked not to post a video of an event after its conclusion.

“SPJ/LA believes it sets a very bad precedent for a public university, which has expressly dedicated itself to the values of academic excellence and civic engagement, instead to permit government officials overly sensitive to appearances to constrain academic debate and deny public engagement by effectively censoring UCLA’s online publication of the record of a public event held on campus,” SPJ/LA President Stephanie Bluestein wrote Block.

“UCLA’s decision seems particularly absurd in light of the fact that Marketplace, the public radio program hosted by Kai Ryssdal, who moderated Secretary Mnuchin’s discussion, has already posted the full audio recording on the program’s own website. How can UCLA do any less?”


Original, earlier:

Don't miss the sixth grader's questions here in WaPo clips

included in this HuffPo montage
- scroll to middle:


At what point are such items part of :
-the property of the UC Regents
-academic materials - the curriculum, academic freedom,and/ or CPRA items?
Especially when they involved a public office at a public trust conducting a public event?

Or, in this next example, the UC Regents meetings archive itself?:

You might recall the most recent UC Regents meeting on executive compensation- the archive cuts off in the middle of UC president Napolitano's extensive comments on the compensation,state employees, CA legislature - neither the vice chair, nor the chair of the committee (Sherman) nor the chair of the board (Keiffer) did not move for adjournment or move to closed session, just no explanation given - the record just cut off. You can scroll to the end and hear, see for yourself in the last minute: here...

-In that meeting Tauscher also discussed at length the possibility of outsourcing UC IT positions...

In contrast: on UC unions , UPTE in negotiations with UC:

This other new- what to call it?- kerfuffle(?) now includes UC president Napolitano :


Now, directly
Back to that UCLA item :

For more- and the coverage seems to be growing and growing

Aren't the UC Regents also allowing it to be blocked?:

Friday, March 2, 2018

On IX- “It’s in their interest to make these cases go away.”

Listen to, see: Feds Find UC Berkeley Botched Some Sexual Harassment Complaints

..."Before the #MeToo movement, college students were promoting a new standard of conduct on college campuses with the Yes Means Yes Campaign to"
Now another seems to also involve complicated details:
Then, :

"If a complainant — who was a student at the time — is no longer enrolled at UC Berkeley, then the case will remain closed, according to campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore. If, however, the student is currently enrolled, and the campus determines that further action is necessary, then it “could...

Meghan Warner, a UC Berkeley alumna and one of the 31 initial complainants, said that disregarding cases that were “mishandled” is a “serious problem,” especially if the respondent is a faculty or staff member who is still affiliated with the campus.

..."Sofie Karasek, a UC Berkeley alumna and another initial complainant, echoed Warner’s sentiments, alleging that the respondent could still pose a risk to students on campus and that the complainant should be “notified of what’s happening in their own cases.”

“Even with changes to the policy, there is a fundamental problem in that the (campus) has a conflict of interest with its own students — they want to protect themselves from legal liability,” Karasek alleged. “It’s in their interest to make these cases go away.”"...

Part of UC lobbying for $?:

UC system's global rankings slip amid funding cuts, international competition
Los Angeles Times
- a London based firm found London based institutions should rank higher...
Some kind of awkward pics from this important effort outta UCSC (awkward cuz in report on a state audit released details emerged that Blumenthal and at least a couple other UC Chancellors claimed certain event occurred akin to intimidation from specifically Nap. And UCOP on state audit survey tampering etc, which then led to discussion of chilling effect in several follow up hearings, meetings) and now he and Napolitano now in photo op on:

And don't miss:

And then there's: