Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is that a regulator in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

"The National Institutes of Health acted within its authority when it discouraged an oversight agency from penalizing university researchers involved in an experiment said to have endangered hundreds of premature infants, government auditors have ruled."

"The federal oversight agency, the Office of Human Research Protections, also acted properly when it rescinded an initial threat of action against those responsible for the study, the auditors said in a separate review."

The full story, by Paul Basken, is in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Talented Dr. Shankar

Now here's a guy that Kent Kiehl needs to put in his fMRI machine.  Fraudulent papers, forged credentials, student stooges sent out to manufacture fake sexual harassment charges against his enemies -- and of course, an endowed chair in public health.   Have a look at West Virginia University's "Ivory Tower Phony," Dr. Anoop Shankar, on NBC News.

A college newspaper says goodbye to print

Check this out.  Mt. San Antonio College is shutting down its award-winning campus newspaper -- newspaper, as in print -- and moving it online to Medium.  Toni Albertson, a journalism professor at Mt. San Antonio, describes what prompted the move:

"The worst part was that they [the student newspaper staffers] were defeated. They began to realize they were putting out the newspaper for the administration and faculty, and not for the student population. It’s hard to spend endless hours on a publication, only to walk by a campus news kiosk to see the newspaper’s crusty edges from hours of sitting in a pile under the sun, or on a windy day blowing all over the campus. And on those days when they set up tables to hand out the paper, they found themselves begging people to take it. They may have just as well been handing out free VHS tapes. Something had to change."

The full article, called "The Experiment," is on Medium (of course.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

The apartheid photography of Ernest Cole


"Artists will stop making art about race when racism ends. I won’t be here when that happens, and you won’t either. But in the early 1960s, a brash, South African photographer in his 20s named Ernest Cole thought he just might be, once his pictures of his racially sundered homeland got out into the world. By the time he died in New York, homeless and street-stunned, some two decades later, he probably knew better."

"It’s the young, on-fire artist we meet in “Ernest Cole: Photographer” at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, a show of harsh, solemn work buoyed up by a will to believe."

Read the review by Holland Cotter in the New York Times, and then have a look at the photographs themselves.