Quick Takes: Harvard Pays Millions to Settle Suit on Russia Project, Quincy College Fires President, Korean Scientists Clone a Dog
Submitted by Doug Lederman on August 4, 2005 - 4:00am
Harvard University announced Wednesday that it would pay more than $26 million to settle a suit brought against the university by federal authorities over the conduct of a university project in Russia that had aimed to help that country's economy. Andrei Shleifer, a Harvard economist who led the project, will pay $2 million in the settlement, The Boston Globe reported. The government charged that some leaders of the project made personal investments in Russia in conflict with their obligations under the grant. Harvard and the researchers involved all denied wrongdoing and said that they were settling to avoid the costs of continued litigation.
Quincy College's Board of Governors has fired President Sean Barry, two months after placing him on administrative leave, The Patriot-Ledger reported. Eight of 10 board members voted to fire Barry, who sued the institution in June after the board placed him on leave while it investigated charges that he mismanaged the college's fund raising foundation.
Researchers at Seoul National University have for the first time successfully cloned a dog, Nature magazine reported Thursday. The dog, Snuppy -- a combination of SNU, the South Korean university's initials, and puppy -- was cloned from an Afghan hound after two and a half years of attempts, the scientists said.