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Former Grad Student Guilty of Murdering Professor

Murad Dervish shot University of Arizona hydrologist Thomas Meixner 11 times

(Newser) - A jury took less than three hours Tuesday to find a former graduate student guilty of murdering a professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Hydrology. Murad Dervish, 48, was found guilty on charges including first-degree murder in the October 2022 shooting of department head Thomas Meixner, 52,...

Harvard Prof Allegedly Falsified Data, Tainting Study Results

Consultant Elisabeth Bik uncovers issues in more than 2 dozen of Khalid Shah's research papers

(Newser) - Another major figure at Harvard is facing accusations of plagiarism . Khalid Shah, a Harvard Medical School professor who serves as vice chair for research at Brigham and Women's Hospital's Department of Neurosurgery, is accused of falsifying data and taking research images from other papers and the websites of...

Largest Strike of US Professors Did Not Last Long

California State University faculty reach tentative agreement on first day

(Newser) - California State University faculty members reached a tentative contract agreement Monday, the same day that nearly 30,000 professors, librarians, coaches, and other workers struck at the nation's largest public university system, their union announced. Members of the California Faculty Association will return to work Tuesday instead of continuing...

UNLV Shooter Had a Strange Obsession With Las Vegas

Former students recall Anthony Polito talking of little else during lessons

(Newser) - The former East Carolina University professor who allegedly carried out a mass shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was "obsessed" with Sin City, former students say. Anthony Polito taught in ECU's marketing department from 2001 to 2017 but it doesn't appear that he spent much...

For Professors, Online Stalkers Are a Growing Concern
Increasingly, Professors
Are Being Stalked

Increasingly, Professors Are Being Stalked

The Verge takes a look at the growing problem of the harassment of faculty members

(Newser) - The problem of stalking on college campuses is a disturbingly common one. As Erika Hayasaki writes in the Verge , 17% of students have reported being victims in some fashion, with the reported stalkers running the gamut from classmates to strangers and even nonstudents. The story, though, looks at a different...

College to Pay Professor $1M Over Handling of Her Hiring

Regents 'raised concerns' about Kathleen McElroy's diversity work

(Newser) - A journalism professor has received an apology from Texas A&M for its handling of her hiring and will collect a $1 million settlement. "Mistakes were made during the hiring process," the school said Thursday about a flap that led the university president to resign. Investigation documents released...

'Dr. Deep Sea' Resurfaces After 'Extreme' Endeavor

Dr. Joseph Dituri spent a record-breaking 100 days underwater for science in a Florida lagoon

(Newser) - A university professor who spent 100 days living underwater at a Florida Keys lodge for scuba divers resurfaced Friday and raised his face to the sun for the first time since March 1. Dr. Joseph Dituri set a new record for the longest time living underwater without depressurization during his...

College Prof Fired After Confrontation With Journalists

Hunter College's Shellyne Rodriguez chased after 'New York Post' reporter, photog with machete

(Newser) - Hunter College adjunct professor Shellyne Rodriguez was initially embroiled in controversy over a viral video showing her cursing at anti-abortion students. But all that was overshadowed Tuesday when the 45-year-old was captured in another video chasing journalists with a machete. A reporter and photographer from the New York Post had...

Professor Trying to Unmask Cheaters Makes Unusual Move

Chapman University's David Berkovitz is suing his students after finding his exams posted online

(Newser) - Chapman University professor David Berkovitz instructed students not to use class materials or other resources when they completed a midterm and final exam for his business law class from home during the spring 2021 semester. He also instructed students not to copy any part of the exams. He now says...

Professor of 41 Years Fired After Hosting Gay Speaker

Michael O'Keefe taught at Oklahoma Christian University for 41 years

(Newser) - A tenured professor who taught at Oklahoma Christian University for 41 years claims he was fired March 7 for having an openly gay guest speaker address his class. A lawyer for Michael O'Keefe said in a statement to KFOR that the graphic design professor was terminated for his "...

Lawyer: Harvard Wants Students to 'Shut Up' About Harassment

3 students sue, alleging university ignored complaints about professor John Comaroff

(Newser) - Harvard for years ignored sexual harassment complaints against a renowned professor who threatened to derail the careers of those who reported him, according to a new lawsuit. The suit, brought by three graduate students, claims officials failed to remove John Comaroff, a professor of anthropology and African and African American...

Bizarre Video to Students Gets Professor Suspended

Ferris State's Barry Mehler called them 'vectors of disease,' says he predetermines their grades

(Newser) - He begins the video by wearing an astronaut-ish helmet and speaking as if he were an intergalactic traveler. Things get weirder—and more foul-mouthed—from there. As a result, a history professor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., has been placed on administrative leave, reports the Washington Post ...

Harvard Prof Who Concealed China Ties Could Get 26 Years

Charles Lieber convicted of 6 counts, including failure to disclose a Chinese bank account

(Newser) - A Harvard professor was convicted Tuesday of lying about his involvement in a Chinese recruitment program as part of the Justice Department's controversial effort to crackdown on Chinese influence in US research. Jurors convicted nanoscientist Charles Lieber, a former chair of Harvard's chemistry department, of two counts of...

Teacher Offered $50 in Syllabus. Too Bad No One Read It

Professor hid cash. It was there at the end of the semester

(Newser) - Professors share a syllabus each semester in order to ensure students understand all that's expected of them. That's why it's such a drag for them when, without fail, college student after college student neglects to read it. It's also why Kenyon Wilson, associate head of performing...

Virginia Professor Who Studies Pedophilia Resigns After Uproar

Allyn Walker, Old Dominion University to part ways

(Newser) - An assistant professor of criminal justice and sociology at Virginia's Old Dominion University will part ways with the school after their research on "minor-attracted people" (or MAPs) generated outrage. NBC News reports Allyn Walker published the book A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity...

Professor Pleads Guilty to Brutal, 4-Hour Attack

Rie Hachiyanagi admits assault on Mount Holyoke colleague

(Newser) - Update: A former professor at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to the vicious assault of a female colleague during a four-hour attack in the victim's home in 2019, reports the Greenfield Recorder . Prosecutors say Rie Hachiyanagi, 50, attacked her victim with weapons including a fire poker...

Professor, 88, Quits Over Maskless Student

School won't let teachers mandate masks

(Newser) - A University of Georgia professor resigned from his position mid-class this month after one of his students refused to wear a mask. Per University of Georgia student paper The Red & Black , during Irwin Bernstein's second class of the semester the, 88-year-old retiree rehire asked an unnamed female student...

'A Chilling Effect': 1619 Project Creator Denied Tenure at UNC

Insiders say politics was behind unusual decision on Nikole Hannah-Jones

(Newser) - In what academics say is a highly unusual and "disappointing" move, New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project, will not be offered a tenured position at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina. She will instead be offered a five-year contract at the UNC-Chapel...

Georgetown Professor Accused of 'Blatant' Racism on Zoom
Georgetown Law Professor
Fired After Zoom Call

Georgetown Law Professor Fired After Zoom Call

Sandra Sellers complained about the academic performance of Black students

(Newser) - An adjunct law professor at Georgetown University is out of a job over a Zoom call in which she made disparaging comments about the performance of Black students in her classes, reports CBS News . "We learned earlier this week that two members of our faculty engaged in a conversation...

White Male Professor Accused of Posing as Female Immigrant

University of New Hampshire professor allegedly used Twitter account to go after progressives

(Newser) - A white male University of New Hampshire chemistry professor is accused of posing as an immigrant woman of color on Twitter to make racist and sexist comments and attack users who supported racial justice, per the AP . The university has not named the professor whom it said was being investigated....

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