Quick Takes: Breakthrough on Stem Cells, Plagiarism Scandals at 2 Ohio Universities, Miami Janitors Approve Contract, Sexual Assaults at Citadel

August 24, 2006
  • A new technique for developing colonies of stem cells does not require the destruction of embryos, potentially eliminating the primary objection of the Bush administration to significant stem cell research, The New York Times reported. But White House officials told The Times that the president had not changed his position.
  • An investigative committee is pushing for the dismissal of Don Heinrich Tolzmann, who teaches history and works as a librarian at the University of Cincinnati, The Enquirer reported. A panel there found duplications between Tolzmann's book The German-American Experience and a text written in 1962. Tolzmann strongly denies wrongdoing, which was first alleged in an H-Net review. At Ohio University, which has been dealing with charges of plagiarized master's theses, the institution announced that graduates accused of plagiarism would face hearings to determine the status of their degrees, the Associated Press reported.
  • On Wednesday, janitors at the University of Miami ratified a four-year contract with their employer, UNICCO Services, which will increase wages by as much as 51 percent. The contract also provides improvements in health coverage and more vacation time. The contract follows a long dispute over the janiotors bid to unionize.
  • Nearly one in five female students at the Citadel reported being sexually assaulted, according to a survey conducted by the college, The Charleston Post and Courier reported. About 1 in 25 men at the South Carolina military academy reported being sexually assaulted.
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