Thursday, October 8, 2015

Women faculty face bias at UCLA business school, study says

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management has a culture that hurts the hiring and promotion of women through both institutional and “unconscious bias,” according to a new report commissioned by the graduate business school. The Korn Ferry consulting firm’s report being released Thursday urges changes in recruitment, promotion and leadership styles at the school, which is led by a woman, Dean Judy Olian, but has only 18 women on the 82-person faculty. Among other things, the study calls for more forceful action by Olian for “gender equity.” Many highly-rated graduate business schools across the country are male-dominated both in student enrollment and faculty. At Anderson, complaints about such an environment have been simmering for a decade. An internal report in 2006 focused on why women faculty were leaving the school at a high rate and a 2013 study by the campus-wide faculty Senate found the business and management school “inhospitable to women.”The new report does not call for the removal of Olian, who has been dean since 2006. But it states that Anderson leaders “have not demonstrated the focused intention and proactive behavior required to increase diversity.”  And it said that “many faculty do not trust the dean and do not believe she is serious about gender equality.” Olian, in an interview, said she accepts the report’s recommendations and will work to implement them. “It’s somewhat painful. But it’s something we are all learning from,” she said, adding that she is going to “loudly and forcefully” lead efforts for change at the school.  She and a faculty committee commissioned the study...

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Is this an old story about women in the business world?:

How much cooler can it get?

January 1932: It was really cool back then.
...I’m asking you to join me in the Cool Campus Challenge that starts today, October 6. It’s a fun, collegial competition lasting 10 weeks, aimed at getting the whole UC community involved in the effort to make the university carbon neutral by 2025. When you join the Challenge, you’ll be asked to take a variety of simple actions to reduce your carbon footprint in classrooms, offices, cafeterias, dorms, and labs. With each action you take, you’ll score points for your campus or department. At the end of the 10 weeks, the campus with the most points will be crowned the “Coolest UC Campus.”...

Thank you and have a cool school year!
Yours very truly,
Janet Napolitano

Pets Available

Bill just signed by governor: (summary)

This bill would require a campus of the University of California, the California State University, or the California Community Colleges, or an independent institution of higher education, as defined, or an employee or student thereof, that confines dogs or cats for science or research purposes, if the institution assesses the health of an animal and determines, after the completion of any testing or research, that the animal is suitable for adoption, the animal’s destruction is not required, and the animal is no longer needed, and if the institution’s existing procedures for adopting the animal do not result in an adoption, to offer the dog or cat to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization, as defined, prior to euthanizing the animal. The bill would not apply to animals suffering from a serious illness or severe injury, or to newborn animals that need maternal care and have been impounded without their mothers...

Bill (now law) at


Follow Up on Japanese Garden Settlement

Irene Sandler sent a link from Rafu Shimpo, LA Japanese Daily News, with more info about the settlement:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Proposed Revisions to UC Policy on Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment

An email was circulated yesterday at UCLA with a draft of proposed new UC rules on sexual harassment and assault:

To:  UCLA Faculty, Staff, and Students
Re:  Proposed Revisions to UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
Dear Colleagues:
As you may be aware, the University of California (UC) Office of the President has been working diligently to produce a final draft of the Presidential Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. The Policy applies to all University employees, faculty, and students, as well as all UC locations. It raises issues of great importance, and your careful review is strongly encouraged.
Some of the proposed Policy revisions reflect requirements found in:
  • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), reauthorized by President Obama in 2013, and implementing regulations.
  • Final regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education in October 2014 and effective July 2015.
Additionally, proposed revisions to the Policy include the following:
  • Incorporates recommendations of the California State auditor Audit Findings and UC President Napolitano’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault to require mandatory education for faculty, other academic appointees, staff and students.
  • Reorganizes the Policy for clarity.
  • Updates the definition of consent to conform with state law and adds additional definitions to improve readability, consistency and understanding.
  • Includes an “immunity” provision for reporting as per California statute for students and applies the immunity possibility for faculty and staff.
  • Clarifies that the policy addresses only harassment that is sexual in nature, as required by VAWA.
  • Complies with the UC President’s directive to disclose disciplinary actions to complainants.
We invite your attention to this important Policy matter, and would appreciate receiving your comments regarding the proposed changes on or before Monday, October 25, 2015. All comments should be sent to Kathleen Salvaty, Sexual Harassment Prevention Officer and Title IX Coordinator at or (310) 206-3417. Faculty who wish to do so may instead send their comments directly to Vice Chancellor Carole Goldberg at
It continues to contain a preponderance of the evidence standard that can run into trouble - if there are significant penalties entailed - when tested in external courts (especially when a public university in involved). It appears to ban bringing a lawyer or other adviser to hearings under some circumstances unless that individual complaining agrees. And there is some ambiguity about what to do if a someone tells, say, a faculty member about an incident. The rules seem to say the incident must be reported. But when assaults are discussed, the rules seem to suggest that if the victim doesn't want a report to be made, such wishes should be respected. These interpretations - it must be stressed - are those of a non-lawyer, non-expert. We invited comments, particularly from those with legal expertise.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Conflict of Rights

BruinCast, which provides video and audio recordings of some lectures, no longer allows students who are not enrolled in a class to access the recordings. This fall, BruinCast officials stopped allowing the public to view UCLA lectures because not all videos can offer closed captioning. Offering such information to the public without accommodations for people who have disabilities could violate laws, said Robert Gibson, interim co-director of the Office of Instructional Development, which oversees BruinCast’s services. Before fall, professors individually decided whether a public audience could view their recorded lectures. ...Several professors who record lectures through BruinCast believe the changes violate their intellectual property agreements. Matthew Malkan, a professor in the department of astronomy, said the BruinCast staff did not approach professors about the changes. “BruinCast made it clear the video content is the intellectual property of the (lecturer),” said Steven Hardinger, a professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department. “(Then they) unilaterally decided to control the distribution of my intellectual property, and that’s a problem.” ...Hardinger added there were 145 students still hoping to enroll in his Chemistry 14C: “Structure of Organic Molecules” class who could not view the lectures on BruinCast because of the new policy...

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Fishing for Pension Initiative Campaign Dollars

The proponents of a public pension limit initiative for new hires have now submitted a new version. You can find it at

They don't have the money for a signature-gathering campaign or for a general election campaign so this is an attempt to see if some wealthy backer(s) will bite. The new initiative limits the amount of public support for new-hire pensions but doesn't forbid a defined benefit plan.

Let's see what they catch with their fishing: