Quick Takes: California's Missing Black Students, Republican's Ad on NIH Vote Criticized, Lansing CC Board Clears President, NYU Historian Uninvited to Speak, Institute of Medicine Names New Members

October 10, 2006
  • Many University of California campuses -- not just UCLA -- are having difficulty attracting black students this fall, The Orange County Register reported. The San Diego campus, for example, is expecting only 52 black freshmen, or 1.1 percent of the class.
  • FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan group that reviews the accuracy of campaign claims, is criticizing an ad that accuses a Democratic Congressman of supporting funds for sex-related research at the National Institutes of Health rather than providing body armor for troops. The NIH research was not accurately described, and the issues in question were completely separate -- without a link between the NIH studies and the body armor, FactCheck.org found.
  • Internal and external audits have shown charges of improper spending against Lansing Community College's interim president to be false, the college's Board of Trustees announced Monday. Timothy N. Zeller, the college's former lawyer, was fired at the end of September after sending Michigan's state auditor a report alleging that the interim president, Judith Cardenas, had spent state funds freely and inappropriately. Internal and external audits proved that "all of the allegations made against the president are false," said Tim Brannan, a trustee and chair of the board's audit committee. "This former employee's ongoing actions were divisive to the college." Zeller could not be reached for comment.
  • Tony Judt, a historian at New York University, was uninvited to speak at the Polish consulate in New York City last week, after officials with two Jewish organizations complained about the invitation, The Washington Post reported. Judt has been critical of some policies of Israel.
  • The Institute of Medicine on Monday named 65 new members. The institute is part of the National Academies.
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