Thursday, September 20, 2018

Title IX cases at UC Berkeley and UCLA that won't go away

See: "Suspended UC Berkeley professor retires, plans to sue"

https://www.mercurynews.com/?returnUrl=https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/18/reports-suspended-uc-berkeley-professor-retires-plans-to-sue/?clearUserState=true


"We will bring a suit challenging that what the chancellor did was legal, putting herself in place of this committee and deciding who was telling the truth about what,” Siegel said. “It’s going to challenge the ways in which the university runs these proceedings.”...

"AlSayyad has not commented to this newspaper but has denied the allegations elsewhere. Siegel on Tuesday reiterated his client’s denial

“There’s no doubt that he and (the student) had a longstanding, very friendly professional relationship. They had worked together for years. She’s about 30 when this happens, a mature, sophisticated young woman,” Siegel said. “If she objected to anything, all she had to do was tell him to cut it out. It didn’t have to escalate to this degree. This is not Harvey Weinstein using his authority to exert power.”

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This case at UCLA: Title 9 Related Litigation at UCLA
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/09/title-9-related-litigation-at-ucla.html


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AND,

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/20/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-yale-amy-chua

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UCSC chancellor stepping down, more

See:

"Chancellor Blumenthal announces plan to retire"

https://news.ucsc.edu/2018/09/chancellor-retirement.html


-currently there is that high profile Title IX case still with no resolution even though a promise of conclusion in July...

- the recent news of the extreme student Housing crisis there hit headlines everywhere

- and last year the CSA audit of UCOP that garnered unflattering headlines for UC resulted in the Moreno report which detailed some deeply unpleasant social exchange from Napolitano toward Blumenthal...

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BTW a bunch of senior mostly female leadership are retiring / relinquishing their admin roles at Berkeley...
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Latest round on this ongoing, with a promise of another round next week...:
"UC Berkeley professor suspended for sex harassment allegations retires, threatens to file lawsuit against university"

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/09/17/uc-berkeley-professor-suspended-for-sex-harassment-allegations-decides-to-retire/
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This coming up at UCR:

UC Riverside Student Dies After What Family Says Was Fraternity Hazing - NBC Southern California

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/UC-Riverside-Student-Dies-After-What-Family-Believes-Was-Fraternity-Hazing-493592891.html

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And see this post on the current status of the UC regents meeting items:

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/09/more-detail-on-upcoming-regents-meeting.html

Saturday, September 15, 2018

UC and President of the UC Regents "our own damn" DIY project

See:

California to launch its 'own damn satellite' to track greenhouse gases
The Guardian


And,
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-global-climate-summit-live-updates-we-re-launching-our-own-damn-satellite-1536957076-htmlstory.html


https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/14/california-jerry-brown-climate-change-satellite-825346


In August:
Space probe to plunge into fiery corona of the sun |
UC Berkeley
http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/08/06/space-probe-to-plunge-into-fiery-corona-of-the-sun/


In September
UCLA students launch project that's out of this world
University of California
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/ucla-students-launch-project-s-out-world

"Turning to claims against the college, Wilken found that because the University of California qualifies as an “arm of the state,” it is immune from civil rights claims under the 11th Amendment."

See,
That title quote comes up in this: UC Berkeley defeats ...$23 million suit"
https://www.courthousenews.com/uc-berkeley-defeats-23m-yiannopoulos-riot-suit/

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"Chancellor Carol Christ announces updated campus free speech event policy"
The Daily Californian
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/09/11/chancellor-carol-christ-announces-updated-campus-free-speech-event-policy/
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There's also:

Rewriting the Humanities Story: A Piece of Missing Theory
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2018/09/rewriting-humanities-story-piece-of.html


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And some other comment on those cloaked items in the UC Regents September meeting agenda items at:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-upcoming-regents-meeting.html


Friday, September 14, 2018

UC Regents Meeting 25-27 At UCLA -Agenda



Agenda here:

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/sept18.html


  Some doozies in here on compensation increases for senior management group types, another new faculty statement on sexual harassment, and constitutional autonomy legal moves and more:

September 25-27, 208

Tuesday, September 25
1:00 pm
Upon end of Investments open
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D
Wednesday, September 26
8:30 am
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B
Upon end of Board closed
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B
Concurrent Meetings
10:30 am
10:30 am
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B
Concurrent Meetings
1:00 pm
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D
1:00 pm
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B
Upon end of Committee meetings
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons C & D
Thursday, September 27
8:30 am
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B
Upon end of Board   closed
Location: Centennial Hall, Salons A & B

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The appellations...

A naming things crisis at Berkeley

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/09/11/citing-racist-views-committee-recommends-removal-of-boalt-name-from-campus-building/

(On this criteria, and thinking about it, then , what about the names of some parts of the Haas biz complex? Some Corp names with equally bad history, and some of it current events history...)

More background here:
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-Law-looks-to-mostly-exorcise-13221947.php

Also a decade ago: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-dropping-Boalt-Hall-from-law-school-s-2519014.php

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Almost ten years ago, someone headed to UC Berkeley Law or (Elizabeth's?) Boalt Hall - that student took a summer job at UCLA to pay for it, and this happened:

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/california/Charges-Dismissed-Against-UCLA-Professor-Over-Deadly-2008-Lab-Fire-493030041.html

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Who handled UC Berkeley Title IX cases over the past 20 years (responsible for UC as "general counsel" on campus, and as "campus counsel" and with what results? Somebody else responsible for that caseload handling, if so who? (The faculty made 'em do it?) If you give a fellowship to one woman does it clean things up entirely?
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/08/29/sorely-missed-colleague-berkeley-law-fellowship-honors-former-chief-campus-counsel-christopher-patti/- the elites in the administration decide the 'sentiments of all' and add in with window dressing? Or, is this more about the CRISPR patent thing?

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UCR and UCSC transfer student support details in this: https://edsource.org/2018/university-of-california-campus-reaches-far-afield-for-transfer-students-to-meet-state-mandate/602004


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Coddling of certain facts and omission of other facts?
It looks like this book junket is using UC Berkeley events in its promotion, and on one hand it seems like an effort that does not give a full history or account of present day circumstances, nor much credit to parents (painting with helicopter parenting broadstrokes then acknowledge that really they are writing about a coddling of a much smaller subset and mostly concerned about the added scrutiny on their lectures, --maybe they should have taken all that up more directly?)- and on tthe other hand, well...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Unreassuring reassurance

This new part of the story coming out of UCOP :
"Internal Documents: UC Regents Stand Behind CIO Jagdeep Bachher
UC president Janet Napolitano reassured Bachher she’s “fully confident” in him following accusations of mismanagement; investments chair Richard Sherman writes of “complete confidence.”"

https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b19wypl1qztvpl/Internal-Documents-UC-Regents-Stand-Behind-CIO-Jagdeep-Bachher
-- this update fails to mention that this is not just a Bachher CIO office issue, it seems one likely possibility is that it is a struggle between high level staff who report to Napolitano in UCOP and the UC officials who are direct reports to the UC Regents --oversight can't figure it out. It's been noted that when the original story came out from II: UCOP public relations media staff who directly report to Napolitano made the entire article available in the UC daily news clips sent out UC wide i.e. they wanted everyone to read it, which raised a few eyebrows... For example, see the very end of this post: "*It might be noted that this article is included in today's UCOP's Daily News Clips"
Or, another possibility is that some of the international hires decided to come and create a disruption in that office...
Or,...

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There's also this not insignificant development:
http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/09/10/uc-vows-to-protect-groundbreaking-discovery-despite-court-decision/

"The following statement about today’s U.S. Court of Appeals decision on the University of California’s patent interference claim before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board may be attributed to Charles F. Robinson, Office of General Counsel, UC Office of the President:

The U.S. Court of Appeals today concluded that the use of CRISPR-Cas9 in plant and animal cells is separately patentable from Drs. Doudna and Charpentier’s invention of the use of CRISPR-Cas9 in any environment, and on that basis affirmed the dismissal of an interference proceeding to determine whether Broad or UC is entitled to patent claims specifically covering use of CRISPR-Cas9 in eukaryotic (i.e., plant and animal) cells.

While disappointed that the court did not allow the interference to go forward to resolve this issue, we are gratified that, consistent with the consensus of the scientific community, the court acknowledged that the Doudna-Charpentier team’s publication of their work in a 2012 paper in the journal Science (Jinek et al) represented a “breakthrough in the art” of gene editing, by first showing how the CRISPR-Cas9 system can be used as genome-editing technology in any environment.

The court did not address the question of who invented the specific use of CRISPR-Cas9 in eukaryotic cells, and emphasized that its decision was “not a ruling on the validity of either” Broad’s or UC’s claims. The decision thus does not preclude other proceedings, either in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or in the courts, by which UC may seek to establish that it is the actual inventor of use of the CRISPR-Cas9 system in eukaryotic cells.

Accordingly, we are currently evaluating our further legal options in the courts and/or the USPTO.

Lastly, we are pleased that the USPTO will continue to issue patents to UC for its foundational technology relating to the use of CRISPR-Cas9, including its use in any environment. As it has for 150 years, UC will translate this and its many research discoveries for the public good. UC has a policy of openly licensing technologies to non-profits and educational institutions and has licensed CRISPR-Cas9 technology so that it now is used by multiple companies currently working to accelerate breakthroughs in human therapies. Our commitment to develop and apply CRISPR-Cas9 for the betterment of human kind is unchanged by today’s decision.

RELATED INFORMATION
Court denies UC appeal, allowing issue of key CRISPR patents (Sept. 10, 2018)"