Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate who died Saturday, was a Holocaust survivor who spent much of his career writing about the Holocaust and advocating for the preservation of its history. He was also, for decades, a faculty member at Boston University. In 1976, Wiesel became the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at BU, and he was also a member of the faculties in philosophy and religion.
While Wiesel has not been teaching regularly in recent years, BU in 2006 republished an article from Bostonia, the university's alumni magazine, about Wiesel in the classroom. (The reprinted article follows a few paragraphs in this link about Wiesel turning 80.) The photo shows Wiesel with students.
Thirty-one scientific societies last week wrote to members of Congress, urging them to accept that climate change is real. The letter comes at a time when many Republicans in Congress, including members of committees with responsibility for science spending and science policy, dispute the scientific consensus that climate change is happening.
"We, as leaders of major scientific organizations, write to remind you of the consensus scientific view of climate change," the letter says. "Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research concludes that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver. This conclusion is based on multiple independent lines of evidence and the vast body of peer-reviewed science."
Some professors at Temple University are protesting the decision to remove Hai-Lung Dai as provost this week without any public explanation, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Faculty members say the university should explain its actions. A university spokesman said Temple doesn't comment on personnel matters, but "we do not take these matters lightly." A petition organized by faculty members states that "actions of this magnitude must be explained and cannot seem to be made arbitrarily."
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine urges the creation of an independent commission to examine federal regulations on research involving human subjects, and the rejection of proposed changes in those rules. The report says the proposed rule extends regulations involving human subjects beyond reasonable protections. For example, the report says the new proposed regulations cover biospecimens, such as tissue, blood, saliva and urine, among others. Current rules allow research to be performed using previously collected biospecimens without informed consent as long as the specimens are not linked to an individual, and the report says that changing that rule would be disruptive to much important research.