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Law Professors: Kavanaugh Doesn't Belong on Top Court

More than 1K say he lacks 'judicial temperament'

(Newser) - During last week's Senate Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh showed a lack of judicial temperament that would be "disqualifying for any court," not just America's highest, a letter to the Senate signed by more than 1,000 law professors states. The letter—which can be seen in... More »

'Tiger Mom' Prof Denies Kavanaugh Story

Amy Chua calls accusations "100% false"

(Newser) - Amy Chua denies ever telling would-be clerks to dress a certain way when interviewing for jobs with Brett Kavanaugh, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Everything that is being said about the advice I give to students applying to Brett Kavanaugh—or any judge—is outrageous, 100% false, and the... More »

Prof Told Students All Was Well. Then Cops Found the Body

Cheung Kie-chung of the University of Hong Kong charged Wednesday in wife's murder

(Newser) - A professor at the University of Hong Kong emailed students Tuesday morning to calm them regarding a police presence at the residence hall in which he lived with his family and served as warden. "They are here to investigate a missing person case," wrote Cheung Kie-chung, who'd... More »

Alleged Weapon in Double Murder: Gas-Filled Yoga Ball

Hong Kong professor accused of killing wife and daughter via carbon monoxide leak

(Newser) - He told co-workers he was going to kill rabbits, and he told police that he only meant to get rid of rats—but prosecutors say a Hong Kong professor used a rather odd weapon to instead murder his wife and teen daughter. That alleged weapon: a yoga ball filled with... More »

7-Time 'Jeopardy!' Winner Faces Prison Time

Stephanie Jass taught history at a small Michigan college when she sneaked into co-workers' emails

(Newser) - A seven-time 'Jeopardy!' winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students. Per the AP , Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in... More »

Psych Prof Copes With Having a Psychotic Killer's Brain

James Fallon lives with stunning discovery about his brain

(Newser) - James Fallon is still trying to be a friendly psychopath—just ask his wife. "Every time something came up where I was interacting with her socially, I just asked myself, 'What would a good guy do?'" the psychiatry professor at University of California, Irvine, tells the CBC... More »

Professor Who Decried 'Racist' Barbara Bush Gains Support

Including from a Fresno State lecturer demoted for a tweet about Trump

(Newser) - Free speech activists are lending support to a Fresno State professor threatened with possible disciplinary measures after referring to Barbara Bush as an "amazing racist," who is "still fabulous, thanks for checking in." Randa Jarrar on Wednesday tweeted "love to all of you who have... More »

Prof's Reax to Barbara Bush Death Could Threaten Tenure

Fresno State instructor Randa Jarrar called her 'amazing racist,' 'witch'

(Newser) - While the tributes continue to pour in for Barbara Bush, a Fresno State professor is taking heat for her diatribe against the former first lady. "Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who along with her husband, raised a war criminal," Randa Jarrar wrote to... More »

College Paper Busts Open Story on Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Dartmouth has placed 3 psych professors on paid leave

(Newser) - Three Ivy League professors are on paid leave while multiple New Hampshire law-enforcement agencies investigate "serious" allegations of sexual misconduct against them, the Boston Globe reports. According to the New York Times , the professors are Bill Kelley, Todd Heatherton, and Paul Whalen of Dartmouth College's Department of Psychological... More »

College Hits Back at 'Lynched' Professor

Essex County College: Lisa Durden's remarks on Fox News made students fearful

(Newser) - A professor in New Jersey is repeating claims that she was "publicly lynched" by Essex County College after defending a Black Lives Matter event in a Fox News interview, reports the Washington Post . The school, meanwhile, is speaking out. In a statement , President Anthony Munroe says Essex County College... More »

School Dumps Professor Over Otto Warmbier Rant

Kathy Dettwyler will not be rehired at University of Delaware

(Newser) - A University of Delaware professor is out of a job after claiming Otto Warmbier "got exactly what he deserved." Adjunct anthropology professor Kathy Dettwyler, 62, who recently finished up a spring contract at the school, "will not be rehired to teach at the university in the future,... More »

Professor Goes on Warmbier Rant: 'Got What He Deserved'

The internet is not happy with a University of Delaware professor's comments

(Newser) - A University of Delaware professor is causing a riot online after posting to her personal Facebook page that student Otto Warmbier "got exactly what he deserved" following his death Monday upon returning from North Korea. According to USA Today , adjunct anthropology professor Kathy Dettwyler went off on students like... More »

Calling All Lego Masters: Cambridge Has a Job for You

Must have 'childlike mindset' for professorship promoting playful learning

(Newser) - If you've been endorsed on LinkedIn for your three-dimensional thinking skills, spatial reasoning, or ability to stay calm under the pressure of missing plastic bricks, you might want to take a shot at the latest opening at Cambridge University, which Metro has labeled "dream job alert." The... More »

Prof Not Sorry for 'White Genocide' Tweet

'It should be mocked, and I'm glad to have mocked it': Drexel instructor George Ciccariello-Maher

(Newser) - A Drexel University politics professor whose bio says he specializes in Latin American social movements claims a Christmas Eve tweet that spurred a #WhiteGenocide hashtag was meant to be satirical, but not everyone is taking it that way, including Drexel. Per the Philadelphia Inquirer , George Ciccariello-Maher tweeted on his account... More »

Current Hysteria Harkens Back to Witch Hunts of WWII, Cold War

We risk repeating the 'tragedy' of civil rights violations of past, 1.2K historians warn

(Newser) - Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it—which is why 1,200 US history scholars have a lesson for America. In a statement, they ask people to recall World War II, when 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned simply because of racism and hysteria. Next fast-forward... More »

Profs: Doubt Climate Change? Get Out of Our Class

Hundreds have objected to UCCS course online

(Newser) - Hundreds online are fuming after professors at the University of Colorado told students that man-made climate change wouldn't be open for debate in their online course. In an email to students who complained after an initial lecture for "Medical Humanities in the Digital Age," professors Rebecca Laroche,... More »

Cops: Longtime Penn State Prof Murdered by Friends

Ronald Bettig was found at the bottom of a quarry

(Newser) - A longtime Penn State professor was allegedly murdered by his friends in an attempt to profit off his death, the Centre Daily Times reports. The body of 56-year-old associate professor of media studies Ronald Bettig was found Wednesday in a Pennsylvania quarry—two days after George Ishler reported him missing.... More »

Colleagues: Yale Ethics Prof Is Anything but Ethical

Thomas Pogge condemned in open letter

(Newser) - More than 200 professors across North America and Europe have condemned Yale ethics and philosophy professor Thomas Pogge in an open letter following a BuzzFeed investigation accusing him of sexual harassment. Pogge appears to have "engaged in a long-term pattern of discriminatory conduct," including "unwanted sexual advances,... More »

University Rules on Prof Who Used N-Word in Class

University of Kansas gives Andrea Quenette a pass

(Newser) - A four-month investigation into a University of Kansas professor who used a racial slur in class has concluded the word was used in an educational context and not intended to be racist, the AP reports. Assistant communication studies professor Andrea Quenette has been on paid leave since November, when a... More »

Prof Who Says Sandy Hook Was a Hoax Getting Fired

Parents of victim say he harassed them

(Newser) - A Florida Atlantic University professor has been making waves for years with his conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook massacre, and now the school is taking action. James Tracy has been claiming on his blog since 2013 that the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting was staged, and FAU has reprimanded... More »

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