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Quick Takes: Father and Daughter Plagiarism Charges, Court Upholds Finding Against Brown, Law Deans Criticize Web Site, Support for Science Bill, Aid for La. Colleges, Battle Over Russian Academy, ETS Cancels 900 SAT Scores in Korea, Sustainability

March 14, 2007
  • An article in The New York Times details an unusual set of plagiarism charges in which a woman who just quit a faculty job at Kean University amid charges of plagiarism of her dissertation is the daughter of a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University  who was accused of copying government documents without attribution into a book he wrote. Both have denied wrongdoing.
  • The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's award of damages to a former professor who says he was unfairly denied tenure, in retaliation for comments he made that had nothing to do with his qualifications. But the Supreme Court also denied the former professor his job back or an increase in damages. Brown has denied wrongdoing in the case.
  • The law deans of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University have joined many law students in criticizing a Web discussion site, AutoAdmit, which features crude and sexist remarks about many female students, The Washington Post reported. The site bills itself as "The most prestigious law school admissions discussion board in the world" and many entries are of the sort common on such sites, with students trading information about admissions or summer jobs. But there are also postings such as "cool guys with cool haircuts at HLS," "girl staring at me in coffeehouse" and many of a more crude variety.
  • A coalition of dozens of academic and business leaders on Tuesday released a proclamation calling for Congress to move quickly to pass legislation to increase research spending, to support efforts to reform math and science education, and to reform the visa system to make it easier for highly educated foreign professionals to come to the United States.
  • Congressional legislation that would provide "supplemental" federal spending for the 2007 fiscal year includes $30 million in grants for Gulf Coast colleges that were forced to shut down for at least 30 days because of damage sustained from Hurricane Katrina or Rita. College leaders had sought $100 million, but said the funds would help colleges in Louisiana and Mississippi recruit students and retain professors.
  • Russia is trying to assert more control over the Russian Academy of Sciences, prompting many scholars to be concerned about the historic independence of the group, The Washington Post reported.
  • The Educational Testing Service has announced that it is canceling 900 SAT scores in Korea because of evidence that some Korean test takers had access to part of the exam before it was given. ETS officials are giving these students several options, including retaking the test at no additional charge or a refund.
  • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has released its 2006 summary of the growing number of projects colleges are undertaking to support environmentally sustainable campuses.
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