Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"I felt like I was part of the recruitment team"

Nobody can really be that shocked to learn that the University of Louisville has been wooing basketball recruits with hookers.  Granted, getting hookers for the recruits' dads is a new twist, but hey, college is a family affair.

Kind of like coaching. A fact which is probably making University of Minnesota officials more than a little nervous, given the fact that at the time of the scandal, the U's current head basketball coach, Rich Pitino, was working at Louisville for his dad.

Monday, October 5, 2015

No re-accreditation for the U's IRB

Given the amount of money institutions have to pay AAHRPP to accredit their IRBs, you'd think they would feel obliged to rubber-stamp every application they received (as long as the check didn't bounce). That's pretty much what AAHRPP did at the U for ten years, even as the U slouched from one research scandal to the next.

Now, however, they seem to be having second thoughts.  A letter sent to the U's Debra Dykhuis on September 18 -- but unreleased until now -- says that AAHRP has "deferred making a decision" about re-accrediting the U's IRB.  You can read about the problems the IRB has failed to correct in a report from June 1-3 2015, titled Final Site Visit Report.

For the short version, check out MPR News and Fox 9.

Update: The Daily also has a story.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals, aka The New Face of Corporate Evil

Buy smaller companies. Lay off employees. Jack up the prices on their drugs. Move your headquarters in Canada to avoid paying higher taxes.  Seems fair to me.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

How do drug companies get away with charging so much?

Because "unlike every other advanced country, the United States permits drug companies to charge patients whatever they choose." Marcia Angell explains.

Mental Illness is the wrong scapegoat after mass shootings

From Vanderbilt University:

In the shadow of the two-year anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in American history, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an extensive new study by two Vanderbilt University researchers (Jonathan Metzl and Kenneth MacLeish) challenges common assumptions about gun violence and mental illness that often emerge in the aftermath of mass shootings.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

“What I do recall most distinctly was the committee probing on how I might keep my review and recommendations from being a public document”

What do we know so far?

We know that the Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights is investigating the U for Title IX violations. We know that the U paid out a quarter million dollars in a lawsuit settlement after a little "semi-nude" modeling in the gymnastics program. We know the university is facing a gender discrimination lawsuit after it fired three gay coaches at the Duluth campus.  And we know that the administration's botched handling of the Norwood Teague and Mike Ellis affairs have turned the University of Minnesota into a national punch line.

Today, thanks to the Star Tribune, we know (as if we didn't know before) that university officials have something else they are trying to hide. But we don't know exactly what it is.

Two years ago, the U hired a consultant named Janet Judge to conduct a gender equity review of the athletics department.  But it never disclosed her findings, and despite the fact that the U is a public university, it took steps to ensure that the review would never see the light of day. “I think the only reason you do that is because you’ve got something to hide,” Minneapolis attorney Priscilla Lord told the Strib.

On Friday, the university released an eight-page "Interim Report and Equity Plan for Gopher Athletics."  You can read it here.  It discusses Judge's findings.  But you have to wonder: if this is the U's scrubbed, cleaned-up version of its potential Title IX problems, what have the federal investigators found?