Quick Takes: Research Misconduct, Quincy President Sues, Reverse Discrimination Verdict, Jump in College Savings

June 9, 2005
  • More than one-third of scientists in an anonymous survey admitted that they had committed some form of research misconduct in the last three years, according to a study reported today in the journal Nature.
  • The president of Quincy College has sued the institution's Board of Governors, saying that it placed him on administrative leave because he refused to promote the brother of the board's chairwoman, The Patriot Ledger reported. The college placed Sean L. Barry on leave last month while it investigated his oversight of Quincy's fund raising foundation.
  • A former history instructor at Bishop State Community College was awarded $300,000 by a federal jury in a race discrimination lawsuit, according to The Tuscaloosa News. Sarah E. Taylor, who is white, had charged that the college illegally replaced her with a black instructor.
  • Americans continued to pour funds into the college savings programs known as 529 plans, the College Savings Foundation announced Monday. The assets of the 529 plans in various states grew to about $55.4 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2005, up 6 percent from the end of 2004 and 38.6 percent from the first quarter of 2004.
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