All posts by Charles Huckabee


Jury Rejects Claim of Liberal Bias in Hiring at U. of Iowa Law School

A federal jury ruled on Monday that a former dean of the University of Iowa law school did not illegally discriminate against a conservative lawyer on the basis of her political beliefs when she declined to hire the woman for a teaching job, the Associated Press reports.

The long-running case stems from hiring decisions made in 2007, when the lawyer, Teresa Manning, then known as Teresa R. Wagner, was working as associate director of the law school’s writing center. Ms. Manning was one of three …


Judge Dismisses Former Athletes’ Pay-for-Play Suit Against TV Networks

A federal judge in Tennessee has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 10 former college football and basketball players who were seeking monetary compensation for the use of their images in televised games, according to reports by the entertainment trade newspaper Variety and the Nashville daily The Tennessean.

The lawsuit, filed last fall, listed among its defendants the major national cable and broadcast television networks that carry college sports games. Other defendants included licensing compani…


Uber Hails a Research Team — From Carnegie Mellon U.

Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center is scrambling to recover after Uber Technologies Inc. poached at least 40 of its researchers and scientists earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reports. The talent raid occurred in January and February as the university and the taxi-hailing service announced plans to work together on developing driverless-car technology.

Uber offered some scientists bonuses of hundreds of thousands of dollars and a doubling of salaries to staff the company’s new tech center in Pittsburgh, one researcher at the center told the Journal. In all, Uber took six principal investigators and 34 engineers. Before Uber’s recruiting, the center had more than 100 engineers and scientists developing technology for companies and the U.S. military.

“There was a tough period of three weeks where we were trying to figure out how we are going to move forward with our research,” said Andrew Moore, the dean of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. He said he expects the agreement with Uber to be completed in the next few weeks.

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Texas Lawmakers Approve Bill to Allow Concealed Handguns on Campuses

The Texas Legislature gave final approval on Sunday to a bill that would require the state’s public colleges and universities to allow people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry their weapons into dormitories, classrooms, and other campus buildings, The Texas Tribune reports. Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law.

Higher-education leaders, including William H. McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas system, had opposed earlier versions of the measure, known as Senate…


John F. Nash Jr., Princeton Mathematician and Nobel Laureate, Dies

John F. Nash Jr., the Princeton mathematician who shared the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 and whose struggle with schizophrenia was the subject of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, was killed, along with his wife, in a traffic accident on Saturday, according to an obituary in The New York Times. Mr. Nash was 86 and his wife, Alicia, was 82.

The Nashes were passengers in a taxi that crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike as the couple returned from the airport after a trip to Norway, where Mr. Nash…


Dilemma at Columbia: Will a Symbolic Mattress Be Allowed at Commencement?

As graduation day approaches, officials at Columbia University face a dilemma: whether to allow a student who protests the university’s decision to exonerate a classmate she accused of rape to carry the symbol of her antirape art project — a mattress — to the commencement ceremony. The university hasn’t said what it will do, but The Wall Street Journal says students it talked to are sharply divided on the issue.

The accuser, Emma Sulkowicz, and the accused student, Paul Nungesser, are both sche…


U. of Colorado Settles With Philosophy Professor It Was Seeking to Fire

The University of Colorado at Boulder has reached a settlement with an associate professor of philosophy that will remove the professor from the campus and “provide finality” to dismissal proceedings against him, university officials said in statements published on Tuesday.

Instead of being fired, the professor, David Barnett, will resign and will receive $160,000 from the university, according to the Daily Camera. Under the deal, the university will also pay $50,000 to Mr. Barnett’s lawyer, t…


Smith College to Accept Transgender Applicants Who Identify as Women

In a clarification of its admissions policy, Smith College has announced that it will begin accepting undergraduate applicants who consider themselves to be transgender women. The decision, approved by the college’s Board of Trustees on Saturday, “affirms Smith’s unwavering mission and identity as a women’s college, our commitment to representing the diversity of women’s lived experiences, and the college’s exceptional role in the advancement of women worldwide,” the college said in a statement


NYU Student Reportedly Is Arrested in North Korea

A man identified as a South Korean student of New York University has been arrested in North Korea and charged with entering the country illegally, The New York Times reported.

An official news agency in North Korea said the 21-year-old student, Joo Won-Moon, was detained on April 22 after crossing the Yalu River from Dandong, China. The river forms part of North Korea’s border with China. The South Korean government said it could not immediately confirm the news agency’s report.

A spokesman fo…


Obama Reportedly Chooses U. of Chicago to Host His Library and Museum

President Obama has selected the University of Chicago to host his presidential library and museum, people who spoke on condition of anonymity have told numerous news outlets, including The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

While there has been no official confirmation of the decision, the Tribune reported that Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who previously served as Mr. Obama’s chief of staff and who led the lobbying effort to bring the library to the city, was expected to make the ann…