4 of the 1st Black Professors Retire After Decades at UNCA

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The Citizen Times spent an afternoon with Dwight, Dolly, Charles and Dee discussing their experiences as four of only a handful of black professors teaching at UNCA through the 1990s, their attempts to bridge the gap between students of color and white students and their hopes for UNCA as they say goodbye to what became their launching pad for educational revolution.


The Latest: Arizona Professor Denies Misconduct Allegations

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Krauss, an Arizona State University physics professor known for his work with the Doomsday Clock, has been suspended from his job following allegations of groping, ogling and other sexual misconduct incidents. The school confirmed Wednesday, March 7, 2018, that Lawrence Krauss is on paid leave and prohibited from campus while a review is conducted.


Petition to fire Fresno State professor attracts 10,000 signatures

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A petition to fire Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar who called the late Barbara Bush "an amazing racist" has attracted over 10 thousand signatures. A petition to fire the Fresno State professor who called the late Barbara Bush "an amazing racist" has attracted over 10,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning. The appeal calls upon California State University, Fresno to terminate the employment of English professor Randa Jarrar for comments she made about Bush shortly after her death. "Immediate termination of Professor Randa Jarrar for racism and inflammatory comments regarding a former First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush," the petition reads. Jarrar has come under fire after calling Bush "an amazing racist" and said she was happy that "the witch is dead," just hours after she died.



AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On

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"I think there's recognition it makes sense to have some people thinking about [AI safety] now," says Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom. Over the past year, Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom has gained visibility for warning about the potential risks posed by more advanced forms of artificial intelligence. He now says that his warnings are earning the attention of companies pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence research. Many people working on AI remain skeptical of or even hostile to Bostrom's ideas. But some prominent technologists and scientists--including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates--have echoed some of his concerns.