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 major, 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…


Hiring Faculty Members in Groups Can Improve Diversity and Campus Climate

Report: “Faculty Cluster Hiring for Diversity and Institutional Climate”

Organization: Urban Universities for Health Equity Through Alignment, Leadership, and Transformation of the Health Workforce

Summary: Hiring faculty members in clusters into multiple departments or colleges was originally designed to expand interdisciplinary research. But faculty clusters also have the potential to help diversify a college’s faculty and improve institutional climate. According to the report, the University …


Arizona State Condemns Hate Speech Triggered by ‘Problem of Whiteness’ Class

Arizona State University is condemning hate speech that has bubbled up regionally in response to a class called “U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness,” The Arizona Republic reports. In a written statement, more than a dozen university officials said recent incidents of “anti-black, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, and anti-Muslim speech and intimidation … do not reflect the values of our community.”

The existence of the class drew national media attention earlier this year, triggering protests from white nationalists who called the professor, Lee Bebout, “anti-white.” Mr. Bebout said he had received several pieces of threatening mail over the class.

After months of silence, ASU issued a statement against “hate speech incidents over recent weeks in Tempe and Mesa, orchestrated by Neo-Nazi groups and hate preachers.” TEMPE — After months of silence, Arizona State University is condemning recent activity by White nationalists and “hate preachers” who were responding, in part, to a new class on the “Problem of Whiteness.”

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Reviewer Suggests Female Researchers Recruit Male Co-Authors to Raise Paper’s Credibility

A major publisher has apologized after a peer reviewer for one of its journals suggested that two female authors of a paper recruit male co-authors to strengthen the credibility of their findings, Science magazine reports.

Fiona Ingleby, a research fellow at the University of Sussex, took to Twitter on Wednesday to complain that a peer reviewer had suggested she and her co-author of a paper examining gender differences in the Ph.D. process add male voices to keep the paper from “drifting too far…


The Strain on the Education Dept.’s Office for Civil Rights, in 2 Charts

In recent years the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has seen a spike in the number of Title IX complaints it receives.

Students have used complaints under the federal gender-discrimination law to put pressure on colleges to strengthen their handling of sexual-violence cases. And the office, known as OCR, is feeling the strain: In his most recent budget proposal, President Obama requested that it receive enough money to hire 210 new full-time staff members.

In an annual rep…


Ohio State Marching-Band Instructor Is Charged With Raping a Student

An instructor in Ohio State University’s marching band has been accused of kidnapping and raping a female student. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Stewart Kitchen, the band’s drum-major instructor, has been charged with first-degree felony counts of rape and kidnapping.

Citing court records, the Dispatch reports that Mr. Kitchen invited the student out for drinks this month before taking her back to his house, even as she repeatedly asked to be driven home, and raping her.

In a statement, Ohi…


American Psychological Assn. Backed Torture Program, Report Says

Longtime critics of the American Psychological Association say it helped the George W. Bush administration support a torture program begun after the September 11 terrorist attacks, The New York Times reports. The group of health professionals and human-rights advocates say newly released emails reveal the association’s involvement in the interrogation program that lent it credibility.

A spokeswoman for the association, Rhea Farberman, denied the claims, saying there was never “any coordination between APA and the Bush administration on how APA responded to the controversies about the role of psychologists in the interrogations program.”

WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident health professionals and human rights activists.

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Judge Voids Retirement Deal for Ex-President of Pasadena City College

A California judge on Wednesday voided a nearly $400,000 retirement agreement between Pasadena City College and one of its former presidents, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The former president, Mark W. Rocha, announced last summer that he would step down as the two-year institution’s chief after a rocky tenure in which faculty members frequently criticized his leadership. A nonprofit advocacy group filed a lawsuit asserting that the college’s trustees had violated the state’s open-meetings law…


After Protests and Counterprotests, ‘American Sniper’ Will Be Shown at U. of Maryland

The controversial movie American Sniper will be shown at the University of Maryland at College Park after all, following protests of a student group’s decision last week to postpone a screening, The Washington Post reports. That initial decision was also prompted by protests — from members of the university’s Muslim Student Association who said the film was anti-Muslim.

Wallace D. Loh, the College Park president, announced on Tuesday that the university’s chapters of the Young Democrats and Youn…


U.S. Census Bureau Won’t Drop Survey Question About College Majors

The U.S. Census Bureau will continue asking about college graduates’ areas of study in a major survey after it considered dropping the question, Science magazine reports.

The bureau’s proposal last year to eliminate the field-of-study question in its American Community Survey prompted an outcry from researchers who said it would deny them crucial data connecting majors to earnings, for example.

The bureau said it had received 625 comments asking it to keep the question.