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Quick Takes: FEMA Head's Faculty Job Doubted, Colorado Clarifies Churchill Probe, Black Enrollment Drop at U. of Ky., BU Bars Company, Lawrence Athlete Drowns in Practice, Young Innovators

September 12, 2005
  • The Time magazine article that may have been the final straw in getting Michael Brown removed from directing federal efforts to help the recovery from Hurricane Katrina included an allegation that he misrepresented a faculty job. The article says that versions of Brown's résumé state that he won an award as an outstanding political science professor at Central State University, which has since become the University of Central Oklahoma. But the article quotes officials at Central Oklahoma as saying that the embattled director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was never a professor there, although he was a student there and may have been an adjunct.
  • The University of Colorado has clarified the status of investigations into misconduct by Ward Churchill, a controversial professor of ethnic studies at the university's Boulder campus. A faculty panel has been asked to review seven allegations, including plagiarism and falsification, according to a statement the university issued on Friday. Churchill became the focus of the investigation early this year after it became widely known that he had compared the victims in 9/11 at the World Trade Center to "little Eichmanns." Churchill has denied any wrongdoing and has praised a preliminary review for declining to consider several other charges against him. The charges remaining against him, however, are among the more serious allegations -- and could lead to removal of his tenure.
  • The number of black freshmen enrolling at the University of Kentucky this fall is down 40 percent from last year, the Associated Press reported. Kentucky officials attributed the drop in part to an increase in the minimum ACT score required for admission.
  • Boston University has banned its units from awarding contracts to a graphics company led by the son-in-law of the university's top fund raiser, The Boston Globe reported. The move followed reports of no-bid contracts going to the company. Following past criticism that the university did too much business with companies with ties to trustees or other officials, the university instituted new ethics rules.
  • A sophomore on Lawrence University's soccer team died Thursday -- apparently from drowning -- during an aquatic practice by his team, The Appleton Post-Crescent reported. Lawrence called off all athletic events over the weekend.
  • Technology Review has named its top 35 innovators under the age of 35, including professors at Cornell, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins Universities; the California, Georgia, and Massachusetts Institutes of Technology; the Universities of California at San Diego, California at Santa Barbara, Colorado at Boulder, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Toronto, and Wisconsin at Madison.
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