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Inside the lab at Garwood Medical Devices.

Jackson Hobble, a biomedical engineer at Garwood Medical Devices and a UB biomedical engineering graduate, works in the company’s lab. He is using an in vitro model to test the electrical stimulation technique that BioPrax™ employs to treat infections. Photo: Douglas Levere


Published December 2, 2020

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Batman and Robin. Peanut butter and jelly. Jobs and Wozniak. Like for these famous duos, when universities and companies join forces, they can achieve far greater impact.

Such is the case for a team of UB researchers and Buffalo-based startup Garwood Medical Devices, who, in partnership, have been awarded $749,000 to evaluate a medical device that utilizes UB-licensed technology and bring it one step closer to clinical use in amputee patients.

The device, called BioPrax™, was created to prevent, control and eliminate bacterial biofilm infections associated with orthopedic implants — a common, costly and potentially devastating problem.

“Metallic implants,

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University to conduct CAS interview for promotion of faculty

Bharathidasan University will conduct interviews of faculty for promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme on Thursday for the third time in as many years.

The process involving participation of nearly 60 subject experts in 10 subject-wise selection committees will facilitate promotion of 23 Assistant Professors as Associate Professors, including six faculty from constituent colleges, and eight Associate Professors as Professors.

“Though the process was planned during the initial months of the calendar year, it could not be carried out due to enforcement of COVID-19 lockdown. The UGC requires universities to conduct CAS interviews twice a year. Bharathidasan University has taken the initiative to fulfil the requirement once a year unfailingly,” Vice-Chancellor P. Manisankar said.

The mandate of the selection committees is to ascertain the eligibility of the faculty to move up the career ladder based on the Academic Performance Indicator based Performance-Based Appraisal System specified by University Grants Commission. The

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Apply for Guest Faculty posts before this date

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Central University of Punjab has invited applications for the Guest Faculty posts. Candidates who are interested and are eligible can apply for Central University of Punjab Recruitment Notification 2020 on or before December 2, 2020.

These posts are in CUP (Central University of Punjab), Bathinda, Bathinda, Punjab on temporary basis.

Important date:

  • Last date for offline application: December 2, 2020
  • Date of Interview: December 7, 2020

Central University of Punjab Recruitment: Vacancy details

  • Law: 01 Post
  • Computer Science & Technology: 01 Post
  • South and Central Asian Studies: 01 Post
  • Library and Information Science:01 Post
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Natural Products: 02 Posts
  • Performing Arts: 02 Posts

Eligibility criteria

  1. For faculty vacancies of Department of Computer Science and Technology, min. eligibility conditions will be as per All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) 2019 regulations and its amendments from time to time
  2. For faculty
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UCF Helps Launch 1st Nationwide Technology Support Center for Higher Education Faculty

The University of Central Florida and its partners this month will launch the Center for Innovation, Design and Digital Learning, a national hub that will be open 24/7 to help professors get a leg up on using technology.

Before the global pandemic rocked the country, the U.S. Department of Education was already talking about a way to help provide technical support to higher education faculty as classes and learning trends were moving to online platforms. The pandemic that drove universities to online instruction earlier this year accelerated the federal agency’s desire to help universities and colleges better use digital tools to reach students. The agency awarded UCF and its partners a five-year, $2.5 million grant to launch the center quickly. UCF’s portion is $335,000.

After 20 years of providing online degrees, UCF has become a leader in online learning. Ranked as a top 20 online program by U.S. News &

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Majority of Faculty at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts Vote to Unionize

Despite pushback from their administration, faculty members at the University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia voted overwhelmingly for a union. In a ballot count yesterday, November 24, 356 adjunct and full-time faculty (99% of the votes) supported joining the United Academics of Philadelphia (UAP), an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

The art professors first announced their intention to form a union on Labor Day, September 7, calling for “accountability, transparency, and shared decision making.” Some of them rallied outside the school’s Hamilton Hall, asking the university to voluntarily recognize their union.

They were soon disappointed when David Yager, UArts’s president and CEO, declined to voluntarily recognize the union on September 10. Instead, Yager called for a “fair and transparent” union election and expressed his confidence in the faculty’s “ability to do thorough research and make a quality decision about what they want for their future.”

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University Residences recognizes outstanding Learning Communities instructors, faculty fellows

Residential Academic Initiatives, a program in University Residences, has granted a number of awards to faculty, graduate teachers and staff who have provided excellent service teaching or mentoring in the Learning Communities or Faculty Fellows programs during the 2019-20 academic year.

Residential Academic Initiatives is a division of University Residences that helps instructors design, plan and implement educational events outside of their classrooms. RAI also facilitates a number of programs that provide learning and community building opportunities, including Learning Communities and Faculty Fellows.

Learning communities are groups of 20-30 students who attend several classes together and live in the same residence hall. Instructors teaching the common courses are tasked with leading events and excursions that extend course materials beyond the classroom and facilitate a sense of community. More than 3,300 Purdue students live in these communities.

The Faculty Fellows program aims to connect faculty, staff and residential students in meaningful

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Louisiana university system raises pay for faculty, staff

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s Southern University college system is boosting pay for faculty and staff across its campuses, under a package of salary hikes and one-time bonuses approved Friday by the system’s governing board.

“There’s never a good time to advance a salary adjustment, but I want to as well acknowledge the chancellors for digging deep and identifying the resources to do so,” said Southern University System President Ray Belton.

Southern’s main campus in Baton Rouge will enact a 3% across-the-board raise that starts Dec. 1. Southern University at New Orleans will do a similar 3% pay hike retroactive to Oct. 1. The university system’s law school will do an average of 4% raises beginning in December, while the agricultural center’s employees will get a 3.5% pay hike on Dec. 1.

On the system’s Shreveport campus, faculty and staff will receive a $500 one-time bonus. Other “market value

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MSU Faculty Senate unanimously passes resolution commending university leadership during historic, challenging semester

STARKVILLE, Miss.—After perhaps the most challenging and difficult semester in the history of the institution, the Mississippi State University Robert Holland Faculty Senate on Nov. 13 offered the following unanimous resolution:

“The Faculty Senate extends its deep and sincere gratitude and appreciation to President (Mark) Keenum, Provost (David) Shaw, Vice President for Student Affairs (Regina) Hyatt, Executive Director of University Health Services (Cliff) Story, M.D., and the entire MSU leadership team for their exemplary transparency and cooperation, their tenacity and flexibility, and their courage and grace in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic so as to minimize medical danger and consequences for faculty, staff, and students alike, and to successfully continue the educational, research, and service missions of the university during this unprecedented crisis. Senate likewise expresses its deep and sincere gratitude and appreciation to all MSU staff for their resolute and unfailing service during this time. Finally, the Faculty Senate

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Biden Transition Signals New Influence Of College Faculty

Even as the transition from a Trump to a Biden administration limps along, hamstrung by the recalcitrance of the outgoing administration, Joe Biden has been busy putting together dozens of transition groups and agency review teams that will be responsible for understanding the operations of major federal agencies and preparing the President-elect, Vice President-elect Harris and their cabinet to take the executive reins of the federal government on January 20, 2021.

One striking characteristic of these transition groups is the prominence of college faculty and researchers among their members. With their appointments, the Biden-Harris team is sending a message: Science is back, expertise is in, knowledge is essential. After years of being belittled, ignored or bullied by the Trump

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North Carolina college announces cuts to majors, faculty

A North Carolina college has announced it will discontinue nearly half of its academic majors and cut 36 positions in hopes of securing its future.

After a review that began in September, Guilford College interim president Carol Moore said she will recommend to trustees that the private Quaker college in Greensboro phase out 19 of its 42 academic majors, the News & Record of Greensboro reports. The changes won’t become official until after a trustees’ vote in early 2021 that will give time for tenured professors slated to be laid off to appeal their dismissals.

The cuts were announced on Friday.

Guilford plans to cut 27 faculty positions, or 30% of its full-time faculty, after the spring semester, including laying off 16 tenured professors and five visiting professors. Four professors are scheduled to retire, and two more have said they plan to resign.

Most of the majors targeted

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