Friday, December 9, 2016
Concerning Public Higher Ed in California:
Table above from the latest public opinion survey of the Public Policy Institute of California on public higher ed:
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Thursday, December 8, 2016
----------------Treat yourself...to a holiday stay at the newly unwrapped Luskin Conference Center!
Make the new Luskin Conference Center your home base for the holidays while you enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer this winter. From holiday shopping and catching a show at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance to simply celebrating the season, the Luskin Conference Center is the perfect place to stay.
Use the promo code below to take advantage of our special Bruin holiday rate of $139 per night, exclusively for UCLA faculty and staff. This special holiday rate is for stays from now through January 5, 2017, based on availability (blackout dates apply). At least one guest must be a UCLA faculty or staff member. Must present a valid BruinCard at check-in to confirm eligibility.
Reserve online now @ lcc.ucla.edu/reserve | Use Promo Code: HOLIDAY2N
Oddly, if you go on the Grand Hotel website, you find:
Holiday Closure Notice
The UCLA campus will be closed for the winter holiday from Friday, December 23, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017. In keeping with the campus schedule, the Luskin Conference Center will also be closed during this time period.
So a lot of the holiday is not available. Moreover, it's not obvious that staying at the hotel for the purpose of "holiday shopping" or "celebrating the season" is a university use, whether or not the guest is connected to UCLA.
Transitioning from Blue Shield to Blue Cross: Disregard Dis-Enrollment Letter
Beginning January 1, UC will replace Blue Shield with Anthem Blue Cross as the administrator for its PPO plans. If you are a Blue Shield member, you will receive a letter saying that you will be dis-enrolled from Blue Shield effective Jan. 1, 2017. Please disregard that letter. All Blue Shield members will be automatically changed over to Anthem Blue Cross effective Jan. 1 unless you made another choice during Open Enrollment. Watch your mail for new Anthem ID cards, and an OptumRx welcome package, that will arrive in late December. Please update your doctors and pharmacies with your new Anthem ID information on or after Jan. 1. If you are using PrimeMail mailorder pharmacy under Blue Shield, you will need to change to OptumRx for mailorder medications beginning Jan. 1.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
A 45-minute hearing on Tuesday morning before a three-judge panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the arm of the US Patent and Trademark Office that hears challenges to patent decisions, offered the only oral arguments in the bitter fight over whether UC or the Broad deserves key patents on the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology. The Broad was granted its first such patent in April 2014, nearly two years after Feng Zhang and his colleagues engineered CRISPR-Cas9 to edit mammalian genomes.
“My gut-level impression is that the questioning of the Broad’s attorney was really light, but they grilled UC a lot more,” Jacob Sherkow, a patent expert at New York Law School who has followed the CRISPR case closely, said right after the hearing adjourned. “The heat of the questions is not perfectly indicative of the outcome, but if you read the tea leaves, it was bad for UC.”...
Full story at https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/06/crispr-court-hearing-broad-california/
Tuesday, December 6, 2016