Thursday, June 10, 2021

UC in it: "Universities are centers for teaching, research, and community. But that broader social mission is exactly why universities shouldn’t go off and form a patent-holding company that is designed to operate similarly to a patent troll. " And other things.

 Electronic Frontier Foundation has this piece out:

"15 Universities Have Formed A Company That Looks A Lot Like A Patent Troll"
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/06/15-universities-have-formed-company-looks-lot-patent-troll
it involves:
The fifteen members of the University Technology Licensing Program are expected to be: 

    Brown University
    California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
    Columbia University
    Cornell University
    Harvard University
    Northwestern University
    Princeton University
    State University of New York at Binghamton
    University of California, Berkeley
    University of California, Los Angeles 
    University of Illinois
    University of Michigan
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Southern California
    Yale University
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"UC Berkeley should reconsider its proposed student housing plans"
https://www.dailycal.org/2021/06/08/uc-berkeley-should-reconsider-its-proposed-student-housing-plans-at-peoples-park-1921-walnut-st/
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"Berkeley Launched Graduate Fellowship Socially Minded Architecture and Planning
Design Degrees for Social Justice Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design launches new pilot graduate fellowship program providing free tuition to students pursuing social justice-oriented careers."
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/06/10/berkeley-launches-graduate-fellowship-socially-minded-architecture-and-planning
includes:
"Chakrabarti said the commitment to work in social justice-related roles after graduating is nonbinding, and the program will not include a verification mechanism. But he said he is not worried about students following through.“We know our students, and this is what most of them want to do regardless of this program,” Chakrabarti said."
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"Instead of UC Berkeley Changemaker program, support Save Mills, UC Mills campaigns"
https://www.dailycal.org/2021/04/15/instead-of-uc-berkeley-changemaker-program-support-save-mills-uc-mills-campaigns/

apparently this gen counsel from Mills has now become gen counsel for LBNL: 
https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2021/05/21/therese-leone-chief-laboratory-counsel/
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"COVID lab leak theory: Berkeley scientist on need for answers"
https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/06/06/covid-lab-leak-theory-why-berkeley-scientist-wants-answers/
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this could have impact on Fall return to campuses:
"Significant and Sustained Drop in Teen and Adult Immunization Rates During Pandemic, Study Shows - 26 million doses of CDC-recommended vaccines were missed in 2020 - Non-influenza vaccine claims dropped up to 40% from the same period in 2019"

and UCSD had: "COVID-19 pandemic interrupted delivery of key health services for children and adolescents, including HPV vaccination for cancer prevention"
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JnJCashkindaDay for some:

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