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June 6th, 2019 - 8:47 am § in Hypocrisy, Science, UW

Trump’s fetal tissue ban

“Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration,” HHS (Axios, 6/6/2019, excerpted )The Trump administration announced yesterday that it will no longer fund medical research that uses fetal tissu[...]

May 21st, 2019 - 10:30 am § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, UW

Has the University of Washington Abandoned Tenure?

  Does the UW still have tenure?   When I became tenured, the code and state law described tenure in terms of a life long commitment to a position and a salary.  The commitment was defined in terms of an academic year of 9 or 12 months. For either period, the UW and the state were committed [&h[...]

April 15th, 2019 - 11:14 am § in UW

TRADITION: UW Nobel Winner dies .. WHO CARES?

David Thouless — Nobel laureate and UW professor emeritus — dies at age 84 David James Thouless, UW professor emeritus and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016, died in Cambridge in the U.K. on April 6. Thouless was a theoretical physicist whose most well-known work focused on the pro[...]

April 10th, 2019 - 1:00 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, UW

The Scandal of Online Education

Highline, a new online magazine from the Huffington Post has a disturbing article on the abuse of higher education by private, for profit, online education services.   The author,  Kevin Carey is the director of education policy program at a  policy institute, New America.  His key points [...]

March 12th, 2019 - 11:07 am § in The Ave Scene, UW

A UW Student complains that she is not getting an education.

 A relative of mine, a very well educated man, actually left his university as a sophomore.  This relative, a he I will call Bjorn, ended up in tech because Bjorn is very bright and was offered a job after his sophomore year.  Bjorn left his university (not the UW) not because of the tech courses[...]

December 27th, 2018 - 12:53 am § in Donald Trump, The Ave Scene, UW

Could Pat Shanahan Reshape Trump’s Administration?

Patrick Shanahan may be the ideal choice for a permanent Chief of Staff in Trump’s shaky office. I say this because, unlike most of Trump’s cabinet. Mr. Shanahan has major credibility and experience in the business world.  The acting Secretary also has impressive ties to the worlds of t[...]

November 19th, 2018 - 4:30 pm § in UW

UW’s Ohso Lawyerly Sex Discrimination Video

Is it really true that the UW lacks the ability to create a real video? It is difficult to see this turgid video as anything other than a UW effort to cover its backside. Worse yet, is this sort of legalistic, mind numbing thirty minutes long text nation wide?  Really?  How many similar files exis[...]

November 12th, 2018 - 9:13 am § in The Ave Scene, UW

UW deficit $325,000,000

The Seattle Times ran this number today.   While the Times focuses on the Dental School and the Medical School, they are less than a third of the problem.    I would like to know where this comes from in terms of the different activities the UW has.  Is there an online source that breaks this [[...]

October 3rd, 2018 - 1:38 am § in Schools & Colleges, UW

How Unions Destroyed Public Education

The WAPOST has an excellent OPED saying that we are training far too many elementary school teachers.  The article also argues that the real need is for teachers with expertise in specific content area, from English to Special Ed and STEM.   The article places the blame on teachers unions that re[...]

July 13th, 2018 - 11:59 am § in The Ave Scene, UW

Why Is The UW Attacking Me?

Dear Colleagues, This is an update for UW faculty and others who have been  following my story.  As a bit of background for those who may not know me: I am a tenured professor at the University of Washington and a very successful biologist.  Among other things, five of the UW’s current facu[...]