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  • Higher education

    Why a UC Riverside professor says the CIA engaged in human experimentation

    U.S. officials engaged in illegal human experimentation during the post-9/11 rush to gather intelligence, a new report by a UC Riverside researcher says.“In the course of facilitating the crime of torture,” the report says, “U.S. health professionals committed a second and related crime: human subjects research and experimentation on detainees being tortured, in violation of medical ethics and U.S. and international law.”Dr. Scott Allen, a professor...

  • Higher education

    How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is giving for-profit colleges a break

    Few probably expected either President Donald Trump or his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to maintain the regulations put in place by the Obama Administration to hold for-profit colleges more responsible for their marketing practices and the effectiveness of their programs.Trump, after all, ran his own for-profit university, which became the target of a class-action lawsuit. That lawsuit was eventually settled when Trump agreed to pay $25 million to former students who claimed...

  • Higher education

    How a UC Riverside lab is pointing the way to filtering salty water

    Treating salty water is becoming more and more of an issue for regions such as the Inland Empire.Growing population and water shortages mean more wastewater needs to be treated for reuse. That water often has high salinity.UC Riverside researchers have devised a new way of treating that water more effectively and more efficiently. Their paper was published May 29 in Nature Nanotechnology.Most briny water is treated using a reverse osmosis process. Such systems, however...

  • Higher education

    Here’s why UCR won’t have a sports arena anytime soon

    Nobody is more interested in improving the UC Riverside campus than Chancellor Kim Wilcox. But even he now is saying that a sports arena for the school is pretty much off the table for the foreseeable future.Wilcox was at the Citizens University Committee meeting Wednesday morning, giving his annual state of the campus address. The subject of an arena was raised during a question-and-answer session. Wilcox said the on-again, off-again project is off again for...

  • Higher education

    Vote goes against Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás Morales

    Cal State San Bernardino’s faculty has voted 181-113 to express no-confidence in the university’s president, Tomás Morales.The vote comes at the end of several contentious weeks that have revealed a deeply divided campus. On May 9, the school’s Faculty Senate passed a no-confidence resolution on a 21-15 vote.Among other things, the resolution called for a campus-wide referendum, which was taken this week. The votes were counted Friday and the results...

  • Higher education

    CSUSB rocked by allegations of racism during leadership fight

    SAN BERNARDINO >> Charges of racism in the conflict between Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás Morales and the university’s faculty senate escalated over the weekend as a long-time faculty member jumped into the fray.Faculty senate members voted May 9 to pass a no-confidence resolution on Morales’ leadership, saying he had failed to address...

  • Higher education

    Here’s how the no-confidence referendum continues to divide Cal State San Bernardino faculty

    Faculty representatives at Cal State San Bernardino are moving forward with a no-confidence referendum on President Tomás Morales that will be voted on in the next week.On May 9, the campus’ faculty senate passed a no-confidence resolution regarding Morales. The vote was 21-15. The resolution called for a campus-wide resolution on the issue. Ballots went out to faculty members this week and are due back May 25. The results will be announced the next day.Morales, the...

  • Alternative and sustainable energy

    There’s power in your poop and UC Riverside researchers want to find ways to use it

    Poop isn’t typically green, but it can help in turning the planet that way.This, of course, is no secret to composters, but poop might not be the first you think of when it comes to filling the tank of your car. Then again, you’re filling up with gas, and the two are inextricably linked.However, you are probably not using renewable gas. That term may sound like an oxymoron — how do you renew something you’ve burned? — but it refers to...

  • Higher education

    Embattled UC President Janet Napolitano defends budgets during Riverside visit

    University of California President Janet Napolitano says she believes her office will weather the current storm of criticism it has faced in the wake of a state audit released April 25.“My management style is pretty straightforward,” Napolitano said on Monday. “When you have a problem, you fix it. And we will.”Napolitano spoke during a break in meetings she had while visiting UC Riverside. She met with regional civic and education leaders, UC alumni...

  • Motherhood

    Military moms make the most of time home, appreciate Mother’s Day

    Sarah Shaw said she is looking forward to spending Mother’s Day with her children. She treasures her time with her son, Peyton, 4, and daughter, Madison, 4 months, she said, because she knows what it’s like not to have it.Shaw, 29, is a military mother.The Murrieta resident is a Marine sergeant and a radio operator. She is based at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar. When Peyton was 9 months old, Shaw deployed to Afghanistan for seven months. On her first...