Thursday, February 16, 2017

Meant to break it?

Jerry Brown to Congress: Protect California’s private retirement program
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article132862844.html

And also see:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/15/jerry-brown-urges-california-delegation-to-vote-no-on-gop-attempt-to-block-state-auto-iras/

Earlier this month:
The Pension Monster that Devoured Education
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/02/pension-monster-devoured-education/

Recall:
(Trying to) Take a Load Off Public Pensions
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/09/trying-to-take-load-off-public-pensions.html


And,
http://capitalandmain.com/uc-retirement-plan-under-threat-0609


Stories circulating this week (on unfamiliar retirement pension industry sites so no link here) on "Layla Suscavage, a former employee of the University of California San Diego Health division, argues in a new lawsuit that she was “forced to ..."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coverage on patent battle on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing latest news

See Cal's: Appeals board clears way for UC Berkeley to receive patent on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing
http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/02/15/patent-office-determines-uc-broad-institute-patent-claims-on-crispr-cas9-genome-editing-are-separately-patentable/

Includes:
"thereby moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent.

More particularly, the PTAB ruled that the use of CRISPR-Cas9 systems in eukaryotic cells, such as human cells, as claimed in the patents and applications filed by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is a separate invention from the general use of CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology in any type of cell, as claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by Jennifer Doudna, Emmanuelle Charpentier and their research teams at UC Berkeley and the University of Vienna.

In its ruling, the PTAB justified its finding of “no interference in fact” by stating: “Broad has persuaded us that the parties claim patentably distinct subject matter.” As such, the patent board ultimately determined that they will “enter judgment of no interference-in-fact, which neither cancels nor finally refuses either parties’ claims” (emphasis added)." ...- see the full article.

And Daily Cal has:
Both parties in CRISPR-Cas9 technology lawsuit can maintain patents, board rules
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/15/us-patent-trial-appeal-board-ruling-allows-parties-crispr-lawsuit-maintain-patents/
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But then see LA Times: UC Berkeley loses epic fight over patent for CRISPR gene-editing technique
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-crispr-patent-decision-20170215-story.html

Broad Institute wins bitter battle over CRISPR patents
Nature.com
http://www.nature.com/news/broad-institute-wins-bitter-battle-over-crispr-patents-1.21502


Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight - The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/science/broad-institute-harvard-mit-gene-editing-patent.html?_r=0


And related,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-scientists-urge-serious-consideration-of-gene-editing-in-human-embryos_us_58a48664e4b03df370dc6fcf

UnChartEd...

See on UC admissions- a local not wide issue , but interesting:
"UC letter threatens Livermore charter students admissions"
East Bay Times

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/14/livermore-uc-admission-at-risk-for-charter-students/


In light of these recent accounts:

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-trump-devos-and-spicer-addressed-1487102754-htmlstory.html
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/politics/charter-schools-controversy-enrollment-trump/

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/betsy-devos-christian-schools-vouchers-charter-education-secretary
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/08/a-sobering-look-at-what-betsy-devos-did-to-education-in-michigan-and-what-she-might-do-as-secretary-of-education/?utm_term=.764f90945487

Monday, February 13, 2017

"though it may look like -Write it?- like disaster."

Update
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/15/oroville-dam-repairs-continue-as-trump-approves-relief-for-state.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/if-trump-wants-to-make-america-great-again-he-can-start-by-fixing-the-oroville-dam-032117316.html

And,

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/14/trump-supporter-evacuated-oroville-dam-sikh-temple-shelter

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Original post:
See:
http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article132360534.html

A failure of that magnitude likely would cause billions of gallons of water to cascade down a wooded hillside that sits below the lip of the emergency spillway.

“You look at 30 feet times the area of the reservoir,” said Nicholas Sitar, a civil engineering professor at UC Berkeley. “That is how much water is going to come out. That is a huge volume of water.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article132360534.html

For some good in depth that goes back to Reagan early days, see:
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/oroville-dam-in-crisis-raises-alarm-in-california-874905667526


At the state sen.?: "Aggressive protests that forced the cancellation of a right-wing speaker at UC Berkeley last week generated heated debate in the Senate."
- on another bit of nostalgia involving the pres of the UC regents and a former US pres from CA:
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article130711149.html

But interaction with the current one of most pressing concern now:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/11/gov-jerry-brown-asks-potential-nemesis-president-trump-for-aid/


Recent health reports
http://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2017/01/jerry-brown-to-undergo-further-treatment-for-prostate-cancer-109139

have some folks jumpy, even with the good prognosis, and asking:
http://www.abc10.com/news/local/california/where-is-gov-jerry-brown/407942586

Well wishes for good health to so many this V Day , with lines from E. Bishop that feel apropos- where it is an exclamation not a question mark...
"though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."


Finally, don't miss this new post:
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2017/02/dissent-at-berkeley_12.html

Thursday, February 9, 2017

At the Home of UC PATH...

See IHE: Jury Awards $2.5M to Former Counsel at Riverside
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/02/09/jury-awards-25m-former-counsel-riverside

Then see this archive at UCR Highlander:
Retired UCR Provost Rabenstein faces gender discrimination charges - Highlander
https://highlandernews.org/27294/retired-ucr-provost-rabenstein-faces-gender-discrimination-charges/

And consider the detail in that coverage in light of where UC HRIS is now housed :

UC Riverside Announces Location for Cost-Saving Human ...
https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/9966

University of California Personnel Center to Come to Riverside
https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/5853

And also take into account this is also currently underway but not much talked about:
https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/scope/2016-130


https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/scope/2016-125
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BTW, it appeared Robinson was not fielding/ answering UC regents questions at the UC regents meeting in Jan so this might explain why he was not there as usual and instead his staff were answering their questions during important sections of open forum.
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Here is some more coverage:
LATimes has the:

http://documents.latimes.com/gender-discrimination-complaint-against-uc-riverside/

And this update:
Jury awards $2.5 million to former UC Riverside counsel fired after alleging sex discrimination by campus officials

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-jury-awards-2-5-million-to-former-uc-1486607974-htmlstory.html

CHE has: Jury Awards $2.5 Million to Ex-Employee at UC-Riverside in Gender-Bias Case
http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/jury-awards-2-5-million-to-ex-employee-at-uc-riverside-in-gender-bias-case/116836

And- another update- more details on other faculty cases in this 2 page article , see:
UC Riverside's gender bias case is not an isolated one
http://m.pe.com/articles/gender-825278-case-ucr.html

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dirks interview, comments on Trump and recent events

Audio of extended interview (20+ minutes) with Dirks by KQED reporter here:
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/02/07/uc-berkeley-chancellor-trumps-threat-to-cut-federal-funding-ill-informed/

He also mentions a piece he wrote -on the same topics -for NYTimes to be published in coming days...

More angles...

See: Questions remain at UCSC , some answers scheduled for next week..

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And at Berkeley on this other news:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/UC-Berkeley-looking-into-staffer-s-role-in-Milo-10912523.php
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There is the question of whether or not there is the will and way to transcribe and permanently archive video and audio of UC Regents meetings
While these other efforts launch:
(Ex officio UC regent Newsom is part of this effort)
http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/07/technology/digital-democracy-new-york-california-transparency/

And at Cal there is:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/06/uc-berkeley-students-create-news-app-response-trumps-federal-funding-threat/
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And this latest on that NLRB decision:
http://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/18612851