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Amid Rising Seas And Record Storms, Louisiana’s Water Is Running Low

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana has a water problem. But it has nothing to do with its losing battle against rising seas, rivers that routinely spill their banks or increasingly violent storms that pummel its coast. This problem is buried in aquifers deep beneath the state’s swampy landscape, where the…

Academic Associations Letter to OSTP

This letter is from various academic associations (AAU, APLU, COGR, ACE, AAMC) to OSTP requesting consultation with the academic community and a comment period before implementation of changes in regards to NSPM-33 and NSTC JCORE “Recommended Practices for Strengthening the Security and Integrity of America’s Science and Technology Research Enterprise”. …

DeSantis supports bills that target ‘foreign influences’ in higher education

The legislation would call for greater oversight on research and travel and ban public entities from entering language and cultural exchange programs with seven countries. Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed his support Monday for a series of bills being introduced in the state Legislature designed to “combat foreign influence and…

University watchdog faces ‘impartiality’ questions

England’s new university regulator is facing questions about a potential conflict of interest. Lord Wharton has been appointed chair of the Office for Students (OfS) but is also a paid adviser to a firm Aquind, which wants to build a cable linking the UK and French electricity grids. The £1.2bn project…

New High-Level TEAMS Staff to Begin Disclosing in UFOLIO

The COI Program is excited to announce that we have recently added a new discloser population to UFOLIO. TEAMS employees holding a position classified as “Job Structure Category” 11, 12, or 13 (generally this includes director-level staff and above) now have access to UFOLIO and should submit disclosures of outside…

Stadium Authority Delays Updating Conflict Of Interest Code

Santa Clara, California During Tuesday’s Stadium Authority meeting, the Board opted to continue adopting new guidelines for the conflict of interest code. These guidelines more clearly delineate who is subject to Political Reform Act regulation. The Forty Niners Management Company (ManCo) asked the Board to delay the item. Board Members…

China talent programs may be accessing Australian technology, linked to grant fraud

More than 300 scientists and scholars are believed to have been recruited by talent recruitment schemes controlled by the Chinese Communist Party over the past decade, further raising concern Australian academics are giving Beijing access to their technologies and inventions. One professor who was working on drone research in Australia…