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Quick Takes: Pitt Researcher Faulted in Cloning Research Scandal, Pentagon No Longer Feels Threatened by Santa Cruz, Maryland Toughens Policy on Student Rioting, No More 'Vagina Monologues' at Carlow, Double Dipping Examined at a Mass. Community College

February 13, 2006
  • A University of Pittsburgh panel has found that a professor there engaged in "research misbehavior" in his work with a discredited South Korean cloning researcher, The New York Times reported. Gerald P. Schatten, a biologist, was not implicated in the fabrications¬† of Hwang Woo Suk, but the university found that he let himself be listed as a co-author without verifying the findings or taking responsibility for the data. The Times reported that Schatten was declining to comment on the findings.
  • The University of California at Santa Cruz has announced that the Pentagon has removed a campus protest there from the "credible threat" database the military maintains. Santa Cruz officials, with backing from California's Congressional delegation, have been pushing the Defense Department to clarify why it was monitoring certain campus demonstrations and to stop doing so.
  • The trustees of the University System of Maryland voted Friday to toughen rules against student rioting in the wake of sports contests and other events. The new policy allows for the expulsion of students even if they are never convicted of a crime in court.
  • Carlow University, a Roman Catholic institution in Pittsburgh, has barred "The Vagina Monologues" as inconsistent with the college's values, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
  • An internal investigation at Massasoit Community College (Mass.) has uncovered evidence that full-time professors there regularly requested time off from their teaching duties to engage in professional development, only to then get paid to teach continuing education courses on top of their regular salaries, The Boston Globe reported. The state Board of Higher Education and the state auditor are expected to investigate the situation, which has created financial stress at Massasoit and may suggest a larger problem at community colleges in Massachusetts.
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