Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Admissions Decisions, Athletics Decisions, Liberal Arts Decisions,. And some patent moves

There is a great deal of headlines play on the 'desperate housewife' role Feliicty Huffman played in the latest admissions decisions scandal -that includes UCLA:

"DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES FOR REAL?
FBI: Stars Bribed Their Kids’ Way Into Top Schools
Dozens of people—including ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Full House’ actresses—have been charged for allegedly paying bribes to help their kids win a spot at elite universities."

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fbi-felicity-huffman-lori-loughlin-among-stars-who-paid-bribes-to-get-kid-athletes-into-elite-colleges


Not so much play on her husband's 'Shameless' role in the headlines game. Her husband is academy award winner William H. Macy, but - the reason to bring him up here is a recent interview he did on on a talkshow called 'The Talk' -- he made extensive remarks about the Public performance arts highschool his daughter just graduated from and - he repeatedly emphasized 'the public ' how it was a school available for all in the area to enroll in , how he wished folks would take advantage of a public benefit like it if they just knew about it, and commented what a great thing it was...

CBS has the content -March 4 season 9 episode 113- behind a subscription wall but it seems important to the new allegations in this admissions scandal.

Was/is the highschool - or something like it-truly something all LA parents can access?
As a pipeline for higher education?

For more details on the admissions scandal:
"Liar Education 1% College Scam Bust"
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/felicity-huffman-lori-loughlin-charged-college-admission-scheme_n_5c87c516e4b08d5b7865d04d


That is something that stays in mind while reading pieces on higher education and liberal arts college closures, such as:

"THE CASE OF HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE; OR WHY BAD THINGS DON'T HAVE TO HAPPEN TO LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES"
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-case-of-hampshire-college-or-why.html

(And , in a different way, also think about separate efforts that come to mind such as things like : 'the great courses plus.com'type efforts, are they attempts to substitute for a liberal arts education? Or convince folks that it is equivalent?)

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And admissions decisions ties to other athletics current events, also when reading other athketics corrupting influence stories, BTW:

"US District Court judge rules that NCAA violated federal antitrust law"
http://www.dailycal.org/2019/03/11/us-district-court-judge-rules-that-ncaa-violated-federal-antitrust-law/

(The UC Regents Meetings begin today, ...- and if the interview with Macy becomes available to link to will add it in above)

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That additional CRISPR Patent now official:
https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/03/12/uc-awarded-third-crispr-patent-expanding-its-gene-editing-portfolio/


On the subject of other patent practices -this piece at Daily Bruin:

"Muddled patent dispute sheds light on UCLA's questionable ties to Big Pharma"
https://dailybruin.com/2019/03/10/muddled-patent-dispute-sheds-light-on-uclas-questionable-ties-to-big-pharma/

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And more Higher Ed 2020:
http://www.dailycal.org/2019/03/11/sen-kamala-harris-helps-reintroduce-debt-free-college-act-in-senate/

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