UC Santa Cruz Strikers to Lose TA Jobs

From Inside Higher Ed: The University of California, Santa Cruz’s ongoing graduate student strike over a requested cost-of-living adjustment escalated late Friday, when many teaching assistants did not turn in undergraduates’ fall quarter grades by a deadline set by Janet Napolitano, university system president. A week prior, Napolitano said anyone who withheld marks as part of a December grade strike would be ineligible for a spring teaching appointment. She also told those teaching assistants on a current labor strike to resume their duties.

AMS: In honor of Black History Month

From the AMS Blog on Math Blogs: February 1 marked the beginning of Black History Month. Its origin trace back to 1926, when the historian Carter G. Woodson pioneered “Negro History Week” in the second week of February because it coincided with the birthdays of former US president Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14). Later, during the United States Bicentennial in 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, reminding Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

A Mathematically Gifted and Black Mama

From the AMS Math Mamas blog: Each year in celebration of Black History Month, the website Mathematically Gifted and Black features a daily profile of an outstanding Black mathematician. Although each profile is noteworthy (please check out some of their past honorees), today we work in conjunction with their editors to also feature Caprice Stanley, a mathematician at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who is also a “Math Mama”.

Top Secret: Women’s Contributions to the History of Computing Feb 26

Wednesday, February 26 at 4:00pm in the Watt Center Auditorium, Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter will present as part of the TIGERS Advance Distinguished Speaker Series. Dr. Carpenter is Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University. Her presentation is sponsored by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Clemson’s student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Syracuse Rescinds Protester Suspensions

From Inside Higher Ed: Syracuse University will lift the interim suspensions it placed on more than 30 students participating in a sit-in and allow the 23 remaining students to stay after hours in the administrative building where they are demonstrating, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced during a Faculty Senate meeting on Feb. 19. See our previous coverage on this situation here.

Report Finds Biases in Hiring Black Faculty at Penn State

From Inside Higher Ed: Pennsylvania State University has proposed changes to hiring and search procedures in response to a faculty-authored report issued last month that detailed how systemic bias has prevented the recruitment and retention of black faculty at Penn State, The Centre Daily Times reported. Black faculty made up just 3.9 percent of tenure-track professors at the flagship campus in University Park in 2018.

James L. Solomon and the End of Segregation at the University of South Carolina

From the AMS Notices: Last year, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees approved the installation of a plaque honoring James L. Solomon, Jr., a former math graduate student and one of the first three African American students to desegregate the university in 1963.

Read more about the event here.