All posts by Chris Quintana


After White-Supremacist Violence, UVa Will Review What Activities Are Allowable on Campus

In the aftermath of a gathering of white nationalists that at times turned violent, the University of Virginia is reviewing its rules about what can happen on its campus. The university will also hire a contractor to review its current safety infrastructure and more staff members and police officers “to ensure safety and security across Grounds as the semester begins.”

The news comes in a statement from Risa Goluboff, dean of the law school, who will serve as chair of a recently announced task f…


‘Driverless’ Van Turns Out to Be Va. Tech Researcher Costumed as Car Seat

The van appeared to be driving itself on the streets of a Virginia neighborhood this month, but in reality a person dressed as a car seat was in control as part of an experiment conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

That news came to light on Monday thanks to a video that went viral. It showed Adam Tuss, a reporter for the NBC television affiliate in Washington, D.C., trying to question the van’s driver. Only the driver’s hands on the steering wheel are visible in the video,…


Caltech Professor Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

A professor at the California Institute of Technology who was found to have harassed two of his graduate students has resigned.

Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics, will leave Caltech at the end of 2017, as first reported by BuzzFeed. In keeping with a previous suspension, he must stay away from the campus in the interim, the university said in an email.

In 2016 the university announced it had placed Mr. Ott on leave after an investigation found “unambiguous gender-based haras…


Instructor Who Said Trump Should Be Shot Loses Job at Montclair State U.

An adjunct instructor at Rutgers University at New Brunswick whose contract was not renewed after he made remarks about the Second Amendment and flag burning said on Tuesday he had lost a job at another university for writing on Twitter that he wished someone would shoot President Trump.

The instructor, Kevin Allred, confirmed that he tweeted on Friday: “This is all a sham. I wish someone would just shoot him outright.” He later deleted the message after his …


Steven Salaita, Whose Revoked Job Offer Inflamed Higher Ed, Says He’s Leaving Academe

Steven G. Salaita, the long-embattled professor known for a rescinded job offer and an ensuing fracas at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says he’s leaving the profession.

In a Facebook post dated Saturday, Mr. Salaita announced that despite looking for employment on four continents, he had failed to find an academic job.

“A number of colleagues have attempted to recruit me, but their efforts always get shut down by management,” he wrote in the post, which has been shared by m…


Adjunct at BYU-Idaho Says She Lost Her Job for Facebook Post Supporting Homosexuality

An adjunct professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho says she lost her job over a Facebook post in which she asserted that “homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins,” The Washington Post reported.

Brett A. Crandall, a spokesman for the private institution affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, confirmed that the university had severed its relationship with Ruthie Robertson, the adjunct. He didn’t answer further questions and pointed to the university’s offici…


After Professors’ Criticism, Group Updates List of Google-Funded Scholars

A group that created a list of scholars who’d received money from Google has updated the database in response to critics, including professors who said they didn’t belong on the list. In some cases the Campaign for Accountability, the creator of the dataset, defended putting professors on its list; in others, it clarified why scholars had been included; and in others, it removed academics from the list altogether.

“There’s no single way to do this, and we’re necessarily limited by the info…


Trinity College Scholar Whose Remarks Led to Campus Closure Is Cleared After Review

Updated (7/14/2017, 9:03 p.m.) with comments from Professor Williams’s lawyer and from the editor of Campus Reform.

A Trinity College professor was suspended last month after his Facebook comments on race and law enforcement led to the Connecticut campus to close briefly. But a review has concluded that those remarks are in fact protected by academic freedom, according to a statement issued on Friday by the institution’s president.

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, the president, said in the statement that…


Many Academics Have Taken Money From Google Without Disclosing It, Report Finds

The tech giant Google has paid academics up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to research topics that support the company’s business practices, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal, based on data compiled by the Campaign for Accountability, an advocacy group that has received funding from companies that compete with Google.

The newspaper reported that Google at times compiled “wish lists” of academic studies, complete with titles and abstracts, and then searched for aca…


U. of Delaware Will Not Rehire Adjunct Who Criticized Otto Warmbier

The University of Delaware has severed its relationship with an adjunct faculty member who criticized Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who died last week after North Korea detained him for 17 months, according to a news release.

Delaware had previously denounced the remarks by Katherine A. Dettwyler, an adjunct lecturer in anthropology. In the comments section of a National Review article and on her Facebook page, Ms. Dettwyler wrote in posts that have since been removed that Mr…