The University of Colorado School of Medicine announced Friday that it is returning a $1 million grant from the Coca-Cola Corporation. The decision follows an August article by The New York Times that reported on Coke support for research suggesting that exercise, not diet, was the key to reducing obesity. Many scientific experts said that while exercise matters, Coke was trying to distort public discussions that might discourage consumption of many of its products.
Colorado's statement denied that research there has been compromised by the Coke money. "While the network [supported by the grant] continues to advocate for good health through a balance of healthy eating habits and exercise, the funding source has distracted attention from its worthwhile goal," the statement said.
The union representing professors at the California State University System have voted to authorize a strike if faculty and administrative leaders cannot reach agreement on a pay raise. The tactic is intended to increase pressure on Cal State administrators to take seriously the union's demands for a 5 percent across-the-board raise and a further boost for those on the lower end of the pay scale; the system is offering 2 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times.The Cal State union has voted to authorize strikes four times since 2007, but has actually gone to the picket lines only once, in 2011, according to the Times.
Yale University will spend $50 million over five years to enhance the diversity of its faculty, its leaders announced Tuesday. About half of the money will be used to match individual departments' funds to help hire "targets of opportunity who would enrich diversity or contribute on another dimension of strategic importance to the university," and to hire up to 10 visiting professors a year. Funds will also support improved faculty development offerings and expand some fellowship and other programs aimed at building the pool of prospective faculty members.