A U.S. Senate panel approved legislation Tuesday that would increase spending on the National Science Foundation by $240 million, or about 3.2 percent, in the 2013 fiscal year. The bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, science, and related agencies would provide $7.3 billion for the NSF. The legislation would also provide a slight cut in funds for science programs at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a slight increase for the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Juliette B. Bell, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central State University, in Ohio, has been chosen as president of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, pro vice chancellor of research and innovation at De Montfort University, in England, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.
An affidavit filed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration details federal suspicions that a researcher and Wheeling Jesuit University used millions in federal funds inappropriately for their benefit, The Wheeling News-Register reported. Funds that were supposed to be used for various research projects were instead used for unrelated expenses, the affidavit says. A university spokeswoman said that the university had not seen the document and so could not comment on it, but she said that Wheeling Jesuit is cooperating with the probe.
A long-awaited investigative report into the UC Davis police's use of pepper spray on nonviolent students finds that administrators and officers acted inappropriately, and that the confrontation "should and could" have been prevented.
Anthony W. Crowell, counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Public Library, has been appointed as dean and president of New York Law School.
Brien Lewis, vice president for university development and alumni relations at Winthrop University, in South Carolina, has been named president of Catawba College, in North Carolina.
Nine students at Boston University are likely to face criminal charges and possible suspension after a bizarre discovery by police early Monday morning, The Boston Globe reported. After receiving a complaint about noise in a fraternity house, authorities found five BU students in the basement. They were tied up and duct-taped to each other, and were wearing only underwear. Police said that the students had welts on their backs and had been covered in honey and hot sauce. Students in the house belong to Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, which is not affiliated with BU. The national fraternity has suspended the BU chapter.