Posts Tagged ‘Intellectual Property’

November 10th, 2012 - 12:55 pm § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, UW

Why do we still have a university press in an internet age?

The Gamble The answer may come from Princeton. The Princeton University Press cannot give away the ending of its forthcoming book,  The Gamble,on the 2012 presidential election. But it does plan to give away the beginning. Read more[...]

October 14th, 2012 - 10:08 pm § in The Ave Scene

UW: a friend passes

Dr. Warren G. Guntheroth MD passed away Monday, September 17 after suffering a heart attack at his office at University Hospital. Warren was an example of UW’s great tradition of patient care .. one of the pioneers in prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). He was also a courageous [...]

August 28th, 2012 - 8:21 am § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges, Science


A year-old Palo Alto, California, company, Science Exchange*, announced on Tuesday its “Reproducibility Initiative,” aimed at improving the trustworthiness of published papers. Scientists who want to validate their findings will be able to apply to the initiative, which will choose a lab[...]

July 11th, 2012 - 8:43 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Leroy Searle: The conviction that universities should do so is as time-honored and legitimate as the conviction that we should teach students to think, to read, and to write. But the way we are doing it now surely is not sustainable.

  This is a very thoughtful post by Leroy Searle.  Dr. Searle was responding to a long stream of UW emails about a 5% pay raise the faculty union at Western Washington had negotiated with their administration.  Most of thread was woven out of the usual angst about why UW faculty does d not ha[...]

May 21st, 2012 - 10:58 am § in Schools & Colleges

How to Fire Professors

from Inside Higher Education: On July 19, 2009, Edward T. Larkin, a professor of German at the University of New Hampshire, drove his motorcycle down Route 101 to the Market Basket in Milford. He pulled into the parking lot behind a car in which a 17-year-old girl was driving her mother. Larkin park[...]

April 6th, 2012 - 4:42 am § in Jews, Politics, Schools & Colleges

Printing has been replaced by posting. Owning and profiting from “News”

In a country where people pause what they’re doing and turn up the news on the hour without thinking about it, the need for quality online journalism is obvious. ….. Jerusalem Post. About 4000 years ago the ancient Hebrews, my ancestors invented the first phonetic alphabet. The result wa[...]

February 15th, 2012 - 11:36 pm § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges, Science, UW

The Dangerous “Research Works Act”

Richard Price, founder and CEO of from TECHCRUNCH Congress is currently considering a bill called “The Research Works Act”, whose purpose is to restrict public access to publicly-funded research. The bill is sponsored by large academic publishers who are keen to keep all research, i[...]

February 6th, 2012 - 10:29 am § in Misc.

Who Owns the Copyright on Federal Research?

A colleague wrote to me today at the AAUP in response to a post I had made about taking the rights t9 copyright federal researech away from publishers. Steve, Last spring, I sent off a paper to the Journal of Geophysical Research, a  non profit owned by the American Geophysical Union.  To do a non[...]

February 1st, 2012 - 12:46 pm § in America, Politics, Schools & Colleges

URGENT: Presidents’ Mtg tonight at Town Hall

WA State Presidents Promote  Higher Education Funding in Washington Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00pm Great Hall; enter on 8th Avenue. $5. I spoke with a reporter who will be attending this tonight.  He asked me a lot of questions … more about areas of controversy than about the[...]

December 4th, 2011 - 10:29 pm § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges, Science

Cambridge Univ. Press.: Pay to read articles just like renting movies!

By Jennifer Howard Chronicle of Higher Education, November 30, 2011, read at permalink. Will researchers pay for short-term access to journal articles? Cambridge University Press is about to find out. The publisher has just announced a rental program for articles from the more than 280 peer-reviewed[...]