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John F. Nash Jr., Princeton Mathematician and Nobel Laureate, DiesOpen in a New Window

John F. Nash Jr., the Princeton mathematician who shared the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 and whose struggle with schizophrenia was the subject of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, was killed, along with his wife, in a traffic accident on Saturday, according to an obituary in The New York Times. Mr. Nash was 86 and his wife, Alicia, was 82.

The Nashes were passengers in a taxi that crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike as the couple returned from the airport after a trip to Norway, where Mr. Nash...


Judge Orders Texas Tech to Restore Professor’s PostOpen in a New Window

Texas Tech University must restore the teaching responsibilities of a professor who says his anti-tenure views cost him a deanship and an honorary-professor title, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. James C. Wetherbe had accused the university’s former provost, Robert Smith, of reducing his teaching load and failing to award him the Paul Whitfield Horn Professorship because of his outspoken views against tenure. Judge Ruben Reyes, of the 72nd District Court, ordered Texas Tech officials to a...


UVa Student Bloodied in Controversial Arrest Seeks to Have Charges DroppedOpen in a New Window

Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old rising senior at the University of Virginia, has asked that charges against him for public intoxication and obstruction of justice be dropped, The Washington Post reports. Cellphone videos of the arrest, which took place in the early hours of March 18, when students were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, showed Mr. Johnson with blood running down his face after Alcohol Beverage Control agents detained him outside an Irish bar. Daniel Watkins, Mr. Martese’s lawyer, sai...


Wis. Lawmakers Reject Governor’s Plan to Scrap For-Profit Oversight AgencyOpen in a New Window

State legislators in Wisconsin have voted down a controversial proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate an agency that oversees for-profit colleges, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The proposal to eliminate the state’s Educational Approval Board was part of Mr. Walker’s budget, which also drew controversy for proposing steep cuts in the University of Wisconsin system in exchange for giving the system more independence.

The Wisconsin Legislature rejected the governor’s autonomy proposal t...


U. of Hawaii Board Votes to Disinvest in Fossil-Fuel CompaniesOpen in a New Window

The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents voted on Thursday to divest the system’s financial holdings in any companies involved in the production of fossil fuels, Pacific Business News reports.

The university, which plans to carry out the divestment by 2018, joins other higher-education institutions in choosing to rid itself of some or all of their investments in the fossil-fuel industry. They include the New School, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Syracuse University, the University of D...


2 Wesleyan U. Students Are Charged With Drug Deals That Led to OverdosesOpen in a New Window

[Updated (5/22/2015, 5:41 p.m.) with news of the students' court pleas and clarification that Wesleyan expelled five students, not two.]

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted two Wesleyan University students for what it said were their roles in selling illicit drugs on the Connecticut campus in recent years that led to a series of drug overdoses by students, The Hartford Courant reports.

The two students — Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Md., and Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro — wer...


W.Va. Court Shields Researcher’s Records on Health Effects of MiningOpen in a New Window

The West Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday shielded from disclosure a former West Virginia University researcher’s records of his work concerning the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining, The Charleston Gazette reported.

The scholar, Michael Hendryx, who is now a professor at Indiana University at Bloomington, led research that found that people living near mountaintop-removal mines faced higher risks of cancer and premature death. A mining company had sued the university for access to ...


Temple U. Professor Is Charged With Offering China Sensitive TechnologyOpen in a New Window

The chairman of Temple University’s physics department has been charged in connection with an alleged scheme to provide China with sensitive U.S. defense technology, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, had been indicted on four counts of wire fraud. He allegedly sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing information about a device invented by a private American company.

The charges were announced ...


College Chiefs in Illinois Enjoy ‘Fantasy World of Lavish Perks,’ Report SaysOpen in a New Window

A report by members of the Illinois State Senate asserts that the state’s public-college presidents enjoy a “fantasy world of lavish perks,” many of which have been awarded without taxpayer input, the Chicago Tribune says.

The report stemmed from an investigation into presidential compensation that followed a controversy over a lucrative severance deal for Robert L. Breuder, president of the College of DuPage.

Many colleges have asserted that the kinds of perks criticized in the report are neces...


Bible-College Professor Leaves Job After Criticizing Church Over Sex ScandalOpen in a New Window

A professor at a small Bible college in Florissant, Mo., who has been a vocal critic of a local church’s handling of a sex-abuse scandal said the matter had prompted him to resign from his job at St. Louis Christian College, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The professor, Douglas Lay, had been a member of the First Christian Church of Florissant, which has close ties to the college, according to the newspaper. He and others in the church’s congregation argued that church leaders had mishand...

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