The former Rutgers University professor of philosophy found guilty last month of sexually assaulting a disabled man is seeking to throw out her conviction, the Associated Press reported. Anna Stubblefield filed a motion seeking either an acquittal or a new trial based the notion that there was insufficient evidence to prove she knew that her victim could not offer consent. The victim, known as DJ, is a 34-year-old man with cerebral palsy. His family and state evaluators say he has the intellectual capacity of a young child, but Stubblefield said the two fell in love as they worked together using a controversial method called facilitated communication. That collaboration resulted in the 2011 publication of a peer-reviewed article in Disability Studies Quarterly,with DJ listed as the primary author. The issue also features a pro-facilitated communication paper by Stubblefield. The journal recently announced that it’s paying “significant attention” to concerns raised by recent debate over the issue, but did not specify which articles are under review.
Many faculty members questioned the decision of the board of the College of Charleston last year to appoint Glenn McConnell as president. Now faculty leaders are questioning McConnell's selection as provost, Brian McGee, The Post and Courier reported. Faculty leaders said they repeatedly asked for a chance for input into the provost choice, and were delayed and largely ignored. McGee has been serving as provost and was previously chair of communications. Professors question his role in two controversial tenure cases -- a subject he declined to discuss. McConnell defended the selection, praising McGee for his performance while serving as interim provost.
Students and others are protesting the ouster of Dena Seidel as director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, New Brunswick Today reported. Seidel is credited with building up the program but then being told to take a demotion or leave. She received a negative review, but her supporters said the wrong faculty group was selected to review her. A petition is circulating calling for a new review of why Seidel was forced out.
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.