Quick Takes: Moving on at Central Arkansas, Purdue Punishes Fusion Scientist, More MBA Applicants

August 28, 2008
  • The board of the University of Central Arkansas has scheduled a last-minute meeting today to discuss the future of the presidency of Lu Hardin, who has been under fire for a secret approval of a $300,000 bonus that he has already repaid, the Associated Press reported. The Arkansas Times reported that the board may approve a buyout for Hardin. While officials would not confirm that report, they did give quotes about how the president would do "what is in the best interests" of the university.
  • Purdue University has stripped Rusi Taleyarkhan of his endowed chair and associated funds, but he continues to be a tenured professor in the latest twist involving the researcher whose paper on "bubble fusion" set off numerous controversies. Many other scientists and some in Congress have been skeptical of Taleyarkhan's work, but an initial inquiry at Purdue found no wrongdoing. A second inquiry did find wrongdoing, and that finding was subject to a review. When that review upheld the finding, the university decided to punish Taleyarkhan. A reporter for The Journal and Courier was present when Taleyarkhan opened the latest ruling by the university. He called the university's treatment of him "a witch hunt."
  • Seventy-seven percent of full-time M.B.A. programs are reporting that they received more applications in 2008 than in 2007, according to the Graduate Management Admissions Council. The survey is worldwide, not just in the United States. Last year, only 64 percent of the programs reported an application increase.
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