Quick Takes: Duke Responds to Arrests, Union Institute to Sell Vermont College, Bush Creates Math Panel, Settlement in Textbook Suit, Caltech Scholar Wins $500,000 NSF Award

April 19, 2006
  • Duke University issued two statements Tuesday, following the arrests of two lacrosse players for the rape of a woman hired as a dancer for a party. One statement hinted that the students may be suspended. The statement said that federal law barred the release of specific information, but said that "it has been the university's practice to issue an interim suspension when a student is charged with a felony or when the student's presence on the campus may create an unsafe situation." The other statement, from President Richard Broadhead, said that with the arrests: "We also move from unfocused speculation about 46 members of the team to the court of law where the guilt or innocence of the individuals charged will be established. It is worth reminding ourselves that in our system of laws, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty."
  • Union Institute and University, which is based in Ohio, announced Tuesday that is working to sell Vermont College to the University of Vermont. Union purchased the college in 2001, but the statement said that the sale of the college's Montpelier campus, name, and three master's programs to the University of Vermont would help Union financially while leaving the programs in good hands. A few other programs would move to Union's other campus in Vermont, in Brattleboro. The deal still requires approval from the University of Vermont's board.
  • President Bush on Tuesday signed an executive order to create a national panel that will offer guidance on the best ways to teach mathematics.
  • Two major publishers -- Pearson Education and John Wiley & Sons -- announced Tuesday that they have reached a settlement with individuals the companies charged with unauthorized sale of textbook solutions manuals. The companies, and other publishers, have been trying to crack down on such sales.
  • The National Science Foundation said it would give its Alan T. Waterman Award to Emmanuel Candes, a mathematician at California Institute of Technology. The award, which carries a $500,000 grant over three years, goes to an "outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering" supported by the science foundation. Candes, who is 35, works in the field of "harmonic analysis," a branch of mathematics that teases apart signal waves for analysis and processing.
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