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Mar. 21, 2012

Vol. 112, No. 9

In response to letters in PAW

The danger of 'people-driven committees'

In response to: In defense of Teichberg ’96

By Robert Beebe ’75

Posted on Apr. 18, 2012

In response to Mark Dallas ’96’s defense (letters, March 21) of Vladimir Teichberg ’96 (A Moment With, Dec. 14), and as one of the 1970s graduates who had attacked Teichberg (apparently due to a lingering “Cold War mentality”), I would point out that Teichberg’s phrase was...

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A grading approach that motivated

In response to: Holding the line on A’s

By Norton Jacobi ’55

Posted on Apr. 18, 2012

The Jan. 18 letter by Daniel Cohen ‘67 and subsequent responses (letters, March 7) have stimulated me to offer an alternative view. There may be areas of study for which Cohen’s procedural approach may be appropriate, but certainly not the one for which I was responsible. I...

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A nonlevel playing field

In response to: Base admissions on merit


Published in the April 25, 2012 issue

Most of us in the graduate-admissions game agree with Russ Nieli *79 (Inbox, Feb. 8) that talent, hard work, and achievement ideally should be the only criteria for advancement in academia. However, it would be extremely naive to think that abandoning considerations of...

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A nonlevel playing field

In response to: Biology grad programs move needle on diversity


Published in the April 25, 2012 issue

Russ Nieli decries efforts by the molecular biology department (Campus Notebook, Dec. 14), from which I graduated 20 years ago, to recruit graduate students from underrepresented ethnic groups. I am a faculty member at a minority-serving university in east Los Angeles. Our ...

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Social Security's winners and losers

In response to: The reality of Social Security

By Bruce Graham ’82

Posted on Mar. 19, 2012

In his Feb. 8 letter, Stuart Hibben ’48 makes the following “true”statement: “Over its history, the Social Security Administration has taken in more … than it has paid out ...” Bernie Madoff, early in his Ponzi scheme, could have made an exactly analogous “true”statement. The...

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