Higher Education Quick Takes

Quick Takes

March 12, 2013

In today’s Academic Minute, Rebecca Knickmeyer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill explains how an infant’s brain can display signs of future neurological disorders. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


 

March 12, 2013

Faculty members at Arcadia University were told Monday night that President Carl Oxholm III has left the position, after less than two years in office, The Philadelphia Daily News reported. An e-mail sent to professors gave no reason for the sudden departure. Several students said on Twitter that they were disappointed with the news.

March 12, 2013

Emory University confirmed reports Monday that when a dining hall is redesigned, Chick-fil-A will no longer be part of the facility. Some students at Emory, citing the anti-gay statements and political contributions of its CEO, have been pushing for Chick-fil-A's removal. And nationally, students on many campuses have been trying to get the restaurant chain removed from campus offerings. But a statement released by Emory made no mention of the restaurant by name, and just referred to a student advisory committee having evaluated all options. A spokeswoman for the university said that the review of restaurant options predated the controversy over Chick-fil-A and was not related to Chick-fil-A's politics.

March 12, 2013

The University of Colorado at Boulder last year shut down a longstanding tradition of a major pot party on campus on April 20. Since then, Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana, raising the hope of some that the university might not oppose the party this year. On Monday, the university made clear that the new statewide policy will have no impact on campus policy.  “We are committed to ending the unwelcome 4/20 gathering on the CU-Boulder campus, and this year’s approach represents the continuance of a multi-year plan to achieve that end,” said a statement from Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “What’s important here is the protection of CU’s missions of research, teaching and service. This isn’t about marijuana or drug laws. It’s about not disrupting the important work of a world-class university.”

March 12, 2013

A University of Iowa graduate student was killed Sunday in a clash with police officers, three of whom he injured, the Associated Press reported. The police had responded to a reported domestic incident at a trailer park when the shooting took place. Taleb Hussein Yousef Salameh, the graduate student, had been studying engineering.

 

March 11, 2013

Grand Valley State University has agreed to pay $40,000 to a student who sued for the right to have a guinea pig with her on campus, The Grand Rapids Press reported. The student said she needed the animal for support to deal with depression and other health issues. The university said that it agreed to let her keep an animal in her room, but wanted her to agree not to take it to class or to food service areas. The university specified that the settlement did not indicate any admission of wrongdoing. But the university also agreed to work to develop a policy for students who may need animals to live with them in campus housing.

 

 

March 11, 2013

Female students in Liberia face widespread harassment, including the expectation that they will have sex with instructors or risk being failed, The Guardian reported. Women report that the power of male instructors is so strong that they can force women to retake courses if they refuse to have sex with their professors.

 

March 11, 2013

The University of California at Irvine is offering video and course materials for all required courses for a chemistry major plus some electives and graduate courses, online and free. Open Chemistry does not provide credit or a laboratory experience, but Irvine says that the material could be used by anyone trying to learn chemistry, and that other institutions could provide laboratory experience or testing to certify learning. Single courses have been provided in the past, and have gained followings online, but Open Chemistry is designed to go further. "That is the key innovation: making a full undergraduate education’s worth of classes available for immediate incorporation in part or in full by institutions of higher education or by individual professors," says a website for the program.

 

March 11, 2013

How did a physics professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill end up in an Argentine jail on drug charges? An article in The New York Times describes how Paul Frampton found what he thought was a love interest online, how she lured him to Latin America and -- without meeting him in person -- convinced him to take a suitcase of hers, one that ended up containing illegal drugs.

 

March 11, 2013

A former University of Texas at Austin equipment manager was found guilty by a county jury last week on six of seven counts of improper photography or visual recording, after he filmed members of the women’s track and cross country team in the shower locker room. Campus police began investigating Rene Zamora after an athlete caught him filming her in September 2010, the Austin American-Statesman reported, but he'd been recording women over the course of three years. The university suspended Zamora one week into their investigation and he resigned two days later. This marks the third time this year that a Texas athletics official was punished for inappropriate sexual conduct with students. The other two cases, though, were consensual relationships.

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