Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tenure Quickie

From Vanity Press to Vanity Conference
From Inside Higher Ed:

An associate professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand last week was surprised to find he had scored a speaking slot to present his paper during the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics. The professor, Christoph Bartneck, had written the paper, titled "Atomic Energy Will Have Been Available to a Single Source," almost entirely through the autocomplete function on his iPhone. The paper contains insights such as, "The atoms of a better universe will have the right for the same as you are the way we shall have to be a great place for a great time to enjoy the day you are a wonderful person to your great time to take the fun and take a great time and enjoy the great day you will be a wonderful time for your parents and kids."
"After adding the first illustration on nuclear physics from Wikipedia, some references and creating a fake identity (Iris Pear, a.k.a. Siri Apple) I submitted the paper, which was accepted only three hours later!" Bartneck wrote in a blog post. "I know that iOS is a pretty good software, but reaching tenure has never been this close."
The conference is hosted by ConferenceSeries, which is operated by OMICS Group, an open-access publisher. The company is currently being sued by the Federal Trade Commission for misleading researchers.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


The University of California is the biggest source of cash for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Individuals affiliated with the University of California system gave nearly $1.2 million to Clinton’s campaign committee, the largest bloc of contributions she received for her presidential run.
The second biggest giver to Clinton was another California entity, Alphabet Inc., the Mountain View-based parent company of Google. Donors associated with Alphabet gave Clinton $1.1 million
People affiliated with Stanford University came in seventh on the list of biggest contributors to Clinton’s campaign committee, giving $565,000. Californians also took the eighth spot among the biggest donors, with contributors from Cupertino-based Apple giving more than $519,000.
Californians were much less generous with the Donald Trump campaign. People affiliated with the San Francisco-headquartered international banking and finance firm Wells Fargo were the fifth largest bloc of donors to Trump’s campaign committee – but gave just $41,500.
The totals represent money given to the campaigns, not to outside super PACs backing the candidates.

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There seems to be a house cleaning at Berkeley...

...starting with Chancellor Dirks. From the Daily Cal: When former vice chancellor for real estate Bob Lalanne resigned last month, campus spokesperson Roqua Montez called the resignation “his choice.” But an emailed statement from Lalanne at the time of his resignation shows that administrators’ move to eliminate the vice chancellorship prompted Lalanne’s resignation — not the other way around.
In the statement — sent to campus trustees, donors and deans, and obtained by The Daily Californian — Lalanne said Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and other campus leaders told him that his position would be eliminated to reduce the size of the administration. In place of the vice chancellorship, Lalanne was offered a position as an adviser on campus real estate projects. Lalanne declined the offer and then summarily resigned.
Campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof confirmed that Lalanne’s position was eliminated and that he was offered an alternative role.
“There was not a choice (to remain as vice chancellor),” Mogulof said. “He could not remain in a position that was eliminated.”...
Lalanne is the ninth high-level administrator to resign — or announce the intent to resign or retire — in the past year. The list includes Dirks, former provost and executive vice chancellor Claude Steele and former vice chancellor for administration and finance John WiltonPreviously unreported, former associate vice chancellor for communications and public affairs Claire Holmes left the school in September.
The administrative tumult was cited by Lalanne as one of the contributing causes of his resignation....

ObamaJam Continues Today

President Barack Obama will attend one more Los Angeles, fundraiser Tuesday before heading back to Washington D.C. With his term in office coming to a close, this could be LA's final ObamaJam. Obama is scheduled to attend a fundraising roundtable discussion Tuesday on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee before flying back to Washington, D.C., according to the White House...
Los Angeles police recommended the following areas be avoided:
-- the area around Sunset Boulevard between Woodburn and North Palm drives from 3 to 8 p.m.;
-- the area around Sunset between Woodburn and Palm drives from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.;
-- the 405 and Santa Monica (10) freeways from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
-- the area around South Centinela Avenue between Ocean Park and West Pico boulevards between noon and 1 p.m.
Also on Tuesday, the east and westbound lanes of Sunset Boulevard between North Whittier and North Bedford drives will be closed to vehicular traffic between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Monday, October 24, 2016

ObamaJam Update

We posted earlier today about an impending Obama visit and its traffic effects around UCLA today. Here are more details:

President''s visit will cause traffic impacts along Sunset Blvd. and Hilgard Ave. near campus and vicinity, with some portions of Parking Structure 3 closed for security reasons while the motorcade passes by.

When: Monday, October 24th from 1:15 pm until approximately 7:30 pm this evening.

Where: Along Sunset Blvd and Hilgard Avenue proximate to the UCLA campus

Commuters should expect periodic road closures between 1:15 pm to 7:30 pm on the following streets: Sunset Blvd, Hilgard Ave., Manning Ave.  In addition, the upper levels of Parking Structure 3 will be closed intermittently between 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm this evening. This closure includes access for all pedestrians and vehicles in/out of Parking Structure 3 during those brief closures when the motorcade passes, as the President''s motorcade is expected to pass between Hilgard Ave. and Sunset Blvd. multiple times between the hours listed above. Closures would be for about 20-minute windows during the 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm timeframe. There will be three to four of these 20-minute closures each time the motorcade passes.

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The state Office of the Patient Advocate released its annual report cards on health plans and medical groups which suggests some benefit in UC's switch back to Blue Cross from Blue Shield.

ObamaJam Today: Details Unknown

Traffic alert in UCLA area:

President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles Monday for a 23-hour visit that will include appearances at a pair of fundraisers, an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and the usual traffic headaches for motorists on the westside.
Obama is scheduled to speak at a $100,000-per-person evening fundraiser in Beverly Hills on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, at the home of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.
He is scheduled to attend a fundraising roundtable discussion Tuesday on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee before flying back to Washington, D.C., according to the White House.
The visit will be Obama’s 26th to Los Angeles and Orange counties as president and the fundraisers will be his 42nd and 43rd in the region. He conducted fundraisers during 22 of his past visits.
The visit will be Obama’s first since April 8 when he spoke at two fundraisers during a roughly 17-hour visit.
The Katzenberg event will be the fourth Clinton campaign fundraiser in the Los Angeles area in seven weeks with a $100,000 price tag.
While he’s in town, Obama will also be a guest on the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”...