Sunday, June 28, 2015

UCLA doctor may not have followed proper credentialing procedures,0,1052033.story

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Omerta. Again.

"... students allege that [professor] Gabriel Piterberg made suggestive comments and unwanted advances — such as pressing himself against their bodies and forcing his tongue into their mouths. University officials, the women said, urged them to keep quiet and not pursue formal investigations."

From: UCLA graduate students' lawsuit alleges sexual harassment

And at Berkeley:
" 31 current and former Berkeley students filed two complaints against the university last year alleging that officials for years have discouraged victims from reporting assaults, failed to inform them of their rights and led a biased judicial process that favored assailants' rights over those of victims."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Shades of Michael Bellesiles: another high-profile case of alleged fraud from the University of California:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More alleged evidence of a "culture of noncompliance with the law" (the law in question here including the US Constitution), as well as alleged financial mismanagement, at UCLA. This was recently partially reversed by the courts:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Monday, February 02, 2015

Hamas connections to the University of California. Again.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

University of California Student Union Votes to Boycott Israel

Also: swastikas on campus:

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Mishaps at nuke repository [run by U. California and Bechtel] lead to $54 million in penalties

A repeat of an old story: the University of California (in a consortium with Bechtel and others, in this case) billing and getting paid for a service (here, safely handling nuclear waste), but not actually providing that service properly:

"[New Mexico's] Environment Department found New Mexico-based Los Alamos National Laboratory had committed two dozen violations of rules and regulations related to the packaging of plutonium wastes that later erupted in the underground dump near Carlsbad, N.M.

The incident badly contaminated the repository, resulting in a shutdown that will probably last two years."

Friday, September 19, 2014

UC Berkeley administrator stole thousands, prosecutors say:
Audit finds U.S. Higher Education Act funding anti-Semitism at UCLA:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Another story in the news. The headline says "Department of Veterans Affairs employees destroyed veterans’ medical records to cancel backlogged exam requests"

While the headline may be accurate, it's incomplete. This story is only partly about the VA. Unmentioned in the article is the fact that the clinical parts of the VAMC are run largely by UCLA under contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In particular, the person who initiated the records destruction, according to the linked article, was Dr. Suzie El-Saden, who is an associate clinical professor in the UCLA Department of RadiologyAccording to the article, it was Dr. El-Saden who "initiated an 'ongoing discussion in the department' to cancel exam requests and destroy veterans’ medical files so that no record of the exam requests would exist" at the VA. 

It's that same University of California pattern that I've written about before: University of California supervisors demanding unethical and potentially criminal behavior from their subordinates.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Apparently, the culture of noncompliance with the law at the University of California lives on:

UCI retaliated when they reported wrongdoing, doctors say

There's plenty wrong with alleged University of California actions described in the linked article, but here's something that I think is particularly galling:

Those undergraduates who were apparently exposed to radioactive gas vented near their dorms? The University is going to keep track of them for the rest of their lives. Wherever they go, whatever they do, for as long as they live, the University of California Alumni Office will keep track of those undergrads and hit them up for donations. 

Meanwhile, the medical offices and epidemiology departments of the University will likely show negative interest in the likely increased risk of lung cancer, or possibly other cancers, developed by those undergraduates who spent large amounts of time apparently unknowingly inhaling radioactive gas. What is "negative interest" in this context? "Zero" interest would simply denote that the University would not track the increased risk of lung cancer due to long term inhalation of radioactive gas. "Negative interest" is what is really likely to happen: even if, by some chance, some researcher happens to find an increased risk of cancer in these unfortunate undergraduates, the University is likely to squash any knowledge of that risk and destroy any studies that show such an increased risk. Read the linked article: the University allegedly tried to cover up past and future wrongdoing by apparently firing whistleblowers. 

Its an odd juxtaposition: close following for the purposes of getting money out of those undergrads as they age, combined with likely negative interest in cancers caused by the long-term exposure to radioactive gas. Those undergrads will get older, and will get letters every year or more asking for donations for the alma mater. Some will donate. At the same time, some of those aging undergrads may start to cough up blood, and loose half their body weight, and die young. That's likely to happen ... unless long term inhalation of radioactive gas in youth doesn't increase the risk of later lung cancer. If those aging undergrads do become deathly ill, then some of their donated funds will probably go towards covering up any connection between long term exposure to radioactive gas, and whatever health problems may have occurred as a result of that exposure. Those aging undergrads will have donated money to cover up their own destruction. Pretty sad, really.