February 18, 2016
NBC’s David Gregory to speak at Tufts University
David Gregory, television journalist and former moderator of NBC News’ Sunday morning talk show Meet the Press is expected to speak at Tufts University on Feb. 18th. This talk is a part of the Tisch College Distinguished College Speaker Series, which “brings leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss pressing public issues,” according to TuftsNow. The talk is free and is followed by a question and answer session.
Bates College receives generous endowments
Bates College announced that seven families have gifted $19 million in order to create six new endowed professorships. Three of the six will be used to launch the College’s new Program in Digital and Computational Studies, while the other three will fund new faculty positions in chemistry, economics and neuroscience.
Colby College moves observatory
Colby College recently moved their observatory to a site called Runnals Hill. The new location is more removed, making it easier for viewing due to the lack of light pollution. In the years to come, the observatory will be granted a new 28 inch reflective telescope “that will further expand teaching and research opportunities in astrophysics,” according the Colby College website.
Williams professors propose intellectual property rights for intellectual work
According to The Williams Record, Associate Provost at Williams College Chris Williams formed a committee last summer to draft a proposal for the protection of the faculty’s intellectual property.
“The College exists for education and scholarship and must take a responsible role protecting these,” committee member and Professor of Computer Science Morgan McGuire said. “I believe the intent of this initiative is to codify existing practice in good faith and for the ultimate benefit of most of the Williams community.”
The final draft of the proposal will be voted on in March. Following the vote, the proposal will need to be approved by the Board of Trustees.
“The College’s primary interest is in clarity,” Winters said. “This policy seeks to clarify, and in every meaningful way, leans toward giving faculty [students and staff] as much ownership as possible.”