Quick Takes: Publishers Win on Unauthorized Foreign Versions, BU's Ambitions, Open Research, Stanford Senate Questions Rumsfeld Appointment, Ousted Profs Sue Ave Maria Law, Minority Historians, Another Death at Rider, $420M Gift in Kind for Cincinnati

October 19, 2007
  • Three prominent textbook publishers -- Pearson Education, John Wiley & Sons, and Cengage Learning -- on Thursday announced a settlement that they said would stop several outfits from importing foreign versions of textbooks and selling them without authority in the United States as the American version or equivalent. The defendants agreed to pay the publishers an undisclosed sum and to stop their activities related to these works.
  • Boston University formally unveiled a plan Thursday to spend $1.8 billion over the next decade to raise the institution's stature and to focus more intensely on undergraduate education. Key parts of the plan include the creation of 100 new tenure-track positions and an effort to encourage more collaboration in the curriculum among the university's various departments and programs.
  • U.S. security interests are helped more by robust research -- that requires openness and the full involvement of foreign scholars on non-classified projects -- than any danger posed by this openness, according to a new report by the National Academies.
  • The Stanford University Faculty Senate has voted to request a meeting with the director of the Hoover Institution to discuss why the Stanford-affiliated think tank named Donald Rumsfeld, the former secretary of defense, as a distinguished visiting fellow. However, senators voted to amend the resolution requesting the meeting, removing a reference to possibly re-evaluating the Stanford-Hoover relationship. The Rumsfeld appointment has angered many students and faculty members who believe Rumsfeld's handling of the Iraq war, among other issues, does not make him a desirable fellow.
  • Three professors who have lost their positions at the Ave Maria School of Law have sued the institution, in the latest escalation of tensions between faculty members and the administration, The Naples Daily News reported. Professors report that dissent at the law school is being squelched by the administration, which in turn blames complaints on a decision to move the law school from Michigan to Florida.
  • A student at Rider University died Tuesday night of an apparent heroin overdose, and another student is facing charges related to providing the drugs, The New York Times reported. The university -- where another student died this year after a night of drinking -- announced that the student facing charges has been suspended.
  • The Committee on Minority Historians, a panel of the American Historical Society, has issued a report on best practices in hiring and encouraging the development of minority history professors.
  • The University of Cincinnati on Thursday announced a grant of software and other computer equipment valued at $420 million to improve engineering and design programs. The donations come from a consortium of high tech companies known as Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education. A similar grant went to Wayne State University last month.
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