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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Too Much Mom and Apple Pie?

There is currently a questionnaire being circulated about a revision or update of "True Bruin Values." The problem is that it seems unrelated to recent issues on campus and provides a long list of alternativve "values" - all of which are positive and many of which overlap. You can choose among such things as "boldness" and/or "courage." The survey seems to be largely a Mom-and-Apple-Pie PR exercise.

According to the documentation, the purpose of the survey is to:

  • create an active source of inspiration and accountability for the UCLA community;
  • unite staff, faculty and students with a shared sense of purpose; 
  • strengthen and cultivate diverse perspectives; and
  • create values that are not just words, but principles that drive the way people navigate UCLA and collaborate with one another.

Hard to see how the survey will do any of these things.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Mysterian

UC - after a data breach - got everyone a two-year subscription to the credit monitoring agency Experian. When those subscriptions expired, it got new ones. That led to a situation where folks received expiration notices regarding the old ones and had to create new accounts. But now, there are mysterious cancellations of the new ones occurring, as the image above shows. 

Yours truly can't solve the mystery as to why this is happening. But he can tell you that ignoring the notice and going into the new account will initially lead to you being told that your password is incorrect. Using the "forgot my password" option and creating a new password restored the account. It wasn't in fact "cancelled." 

That approach may be easier than calling the "Support Team" phone number cited above. At least, it worked for yours truly. Good luck. 

The Sylvia Winstein UCLA Emeriti and Retiree Arts & Crafts Exhibit

The Sylvia Winstein UCLA Emeriti and Retiree Arts & Crafts Exhibit will be held on Tuesday May 21, 2024 in the Morrison Room at the UCLA Faculty Club from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This will be the first joint exhibit sponsored together by the two organizations, with 20+ emeriti and retiree artists exhibiting their work. 

The works are in a wide range of media from photography, drawing and painting to sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, weaving and calligraphy.  Featured artists are Michelle Shin, a landscape painter representing the Retiree Association, and Jill Waterman, a watercolor artist from the Emeriti Association. Please join us as all of these passionate artists share their work.

Address: Morrison Room, UCLA Faculty Club, 480 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90095 

Register: https://retirees.ucla.edu/event-5627748/Registration.

Friday, April 19, 2024

The (Seemingly) Endless Story

Up until now, the Gino/Harvard Business School story has involved allegations of data manipulation (by someone). If you haven't been following this tale, use the search engine on this blog and type in "Gino." But now there are new allegations - plagiarism. From Science:

Harvard University honesty researcher Francesca Gino, whose work has come under fire for suspected data falsification, may also have plagiarized passages in some of her high-profile publications. A book chapter co-authored by Gino, who was found by a 2023 Harvard Business School (HBS) investigation to have committed research misconduct, contains numerous passages of text with striking similarities to 10 earlier sources. The sources include published papers and student theses, according to an analysis shared with Science by University of Montreal psychologist Erinn Acland.

Science has confirmed Acland’s findings and identified at least 15 additional passages of borrowed text in Gino’s two books, Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life and Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan. Some passages duplicate text from news reports or blogs. Others contain phrasing identical to passages from academic literature. The extent of duplication varies between passages, but all contain multiple identical phrases, as well as clear paraphrases and significant structural similarity.

Gino is “steadfast in her commitment to uncovering the truth in each instance, responding decisively and correcting the record if necessary,” her lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, said in a statement. “It is wildly unfair and prejudicial to litigate these accusations in the volatile domain of public opinion. History has shown the peril of premature judgment, particularly within the scientific community, where reputations can be irreparably tarnished.” The HBS investigation recommended the university begin the process of terminating Gino’s employment, and her institutional profile has stated since June 2023 that she is on administrative leave...

Full story at https://www.science.org/content/article/embattled-harvard-honesty-professor-accused-plagiarism.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Just saying...

Two chancellor searches were initiated at about the same time: One for UC-Berkeley and the other for UCLA. As blog readers will know, the Berkeley process ended with the unveiling of the incoming chancellor at the Regents meeting of April 10th.

So, one could also note that there was no similar announcement of an incoming UCLA chancellor, nor has there been one since. As of this morning, there is no listing of a special Regents meeting on the Regents' website to consider such a candidate.

Just saying...

Circumventing the Regents - Part 2

Here's an update on the bill that would circumvent the Regent's decision not to pursue a legal test of whether UC, as a state entity, could hire undocumented students. (Yours truly admits to being slow in catching up on developments.) From the Bruin:

The Assembly Higher Education Committee approved Assembly Bill 2586 – also known as the Opportunity for All Act – introduced by Assemblymember David Alvarez, who represents the state’s 80th Assembly District. If passed by the state legislature and signed into law, the bill would provide equal opportunity, nondiscriminatory employment opportunities for students without documentation in the UC, California State University and community college systems...

After the board’s subsequent decision in January to reject its implementation plan and defer the consideration of other efforts for a year, the Opportunity for All campaign – a student-led, UC-wide advocate coalition for undocumented students – had to break new legal ground, said Ahilan Arulanantham, faculty co-director of the Center for Immigration and Law and legal counsel for Opportunity for All. Arulanantham said he was well aware of the bill before the regents’ January decision [to drop the effort], though he initially thought it would be an unnecessary measure...

Full story at https://dailybruin.com/2024/04/14/opportunity-for-all-advances-in-state-legislature-with-new-bill.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Watch the Regents Meeting of April 10, 2024

We're catching up with the Regents' April 10th meeting which - as we already noted - included the announcement of the new Berkeley chancellor.*  At public comments, topics discussed included collective bargaining of interns, sexual assault services funding, antisemitism in a course at the UCLA med school and other related incidents, anti-Israel divestment, and Blackrock. 

After the session on naming the new Berkeley chancellor, the Health Services Committee heard a discussion of the changing economics of medical education, research, and hospitals. UC were reported to receive less state support than the average of public university med programs but more in research gants. Clinical revenue was said to be subsidizing the other functions, but it is being squeezed by lower reimbursements from Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance. Insurers don't like university hospitals because of higher charges and there are only 5 major insurance companies now who are in a position to exert monopsonistic power over charges. That has led public university health systems such as at UC to grow to attain offsetting bargaining power. There is danger in the future that the enlarging clinical side will tend to overwhelm the academic side. UC was said to be the second largest provider to Medi-Cal but the general public and the legislature is unaware of this contribution.

The meeting then turned to services for sexual assault victims with a particular focus on UC-Merced which doesn't have a med school.

Finally, Academic and Student Affairs heard discussion of various med programs and approved tuition increases for them.

As always, we preserve the recordings of Regents meetings indefinitely because the Regents have no policy on duration of preservation.

The general website for the April 10th meeting is at:

https://archive.org/details/regents-board-public-comment-4-10-2024.

The public comments segment is at: 

https://ia800300.us.archive.org/6/items/regents-board-public-comment-4-10-2024/Regents-Board%20public%20comment%204-10-2024.mp4.

The Berkeley chancellor announcement is at:

https://ia600300.us.archive.org/6/items/regents-board-public-comment-4-10-2024/Regents-Board%20UC-Berkeley%20chancellor%204-10-2024.mp4.

Health Services is at:

https://ia800300.us.archive.org/6/items/regents-board-public-comment-4-10-2024/Regents-Health%20Services%204-10-2024.mp4.

Academic and Student Affairs is at:

https://ia800300.us.archive.org/6/items/regents-board-public-comment-4-10-2024/Regents-Academic%20and%20Student%20Affairs%204-10-2024.mp4.

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*https://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2024/04/new-berkeley-chancellor.html and https://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2024/04/new-berkeley-chancellor-part-2-things.html.