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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thinkers & Doers: Dec. 10, 2013

A regular feature of alumni, students, and friends of UC Hastings in the news.
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Tom Matsuda '80

Elizabeth Hillman

Academic Dean and Provost Elizabeth Hillman was quoted in TIME on the debate over military justice in prosecuting alleged sexual assaults, and whether officials will be able to introduce evidence about their good military character.

Elizabeth L. HillmanHillman had previously written about the Army’s top enlisted soldier, Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney, who employed the “good-soldier defense” after he had been charged with sexually harassing women who worked with him. “McKinney’s adroit use of his past service as a `good soldier’ was widely credited for his acquittal on all charges of sexual misconduct, in spite of damning testimony from six servicewomen about his alleged harassment. ...The good soldier defense advances the perception that one of the privileges of high rank and long service is immunity from conviction at court-martial,” Hillman said.

Read more from TIME on "Different Spanks for Different Ranks" here.

Robin Feldman

Science Daily noted that Professor Robin Feldman’s study on Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside (co-authored by John C. Newman, M.D., PhD of UCSF) was the eighth most-tweeted peer-reviewed article on Twitter between 2010 and 2012.

Robin FeldmanStefanie Haustein at the University of Montreal's School of Library and Information Science and colleagues from the US, UK and Germany took 1.4 million articles held in the PubMed and Web of Science databases and determined how many times they appeared on Twitter. "Being based on 1.4 million documents, this is the largest Twitter study of scholarly articles so far," Haustein said.

The Feldman article highlighted the loss of the Sweet 16, a freely available clinical assessment tool used by physicians to screen patients for cognitive problems. The tool was taken down because of legal action by the creators of a similar tool called the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). Read more about the article here.

Rory Little

Professor Rory Little was interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as part of its investigative report on the ATF’s rogue tactics in storefront gun stings, both in Milwaukee and across the nation.

Rory LittleConcerns about planning and oversight of undercover operations date to at least the late 1990s, when the ATF was part of the Treasury Department. Discussions were held by top officials not only from Treasury but from the Department of Justice and others in hopes of bringing ATF investigations in line with other federal agency standards. "It was a source of frustration for everybody," said Rory Little, a former longtime federal prosecutor who participated in the meetings.

The paper reported the ATF set up a gun shop across the street from a Milwaukee school. "It shows they are not doing their homework. If you're not doing your homework to find everything you can, you're as bad as the criminals." Read more here.

Tom Matsuda '80

Tom Matsuda ’80 (pictured at top) was named interim Executive Director of Hawaii Health Connector. Prior to joining Hawaii Health Connector, Matsuda was ACA Implementation Manager with the Office of the Governor. Read more here.

David Frank ‘85

David Frank ’85 received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for his work in the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation of GlaxoSmithKline, which resulted in a $3 billion criminal and civil resolution, the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history

Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan ’93

Maria Ayerdi-KaplanMaria Ayerdi-Kaplan ’93, executive director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, was inducted into the Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. She was honored for her accomplishment in securing more than $2 billion in funding to bring the Transbay Transit Center Project,  now under construction, to fruition. The authority's work will result in the tallest building ever constructed in San Francisco, over 1,000 feet tall, and a retail and mixed use complex of over 2 million square feet of space. Read more here.

Nota Bene

  • Professor Robin Feldman (@DataDrivenLaw) was quoted in E-Commerce Times on the Innovation Act, a bill that would sharply rein in patent trolls. "It is great to see some help on the horizon, and I hope it arrives," said Feldman. 
  • Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu (@FrankHWu) wrote about the importance of openness to ideas. “I am less interested in being the advocate who prevails than being the decision-maker who is reasonable,” he wrote in his column as a LinkedIn Influencer.
  • Wu also spoke with David Byrd of NOW!, Carried by Voice of America, on the uproar over the Jimmy Kimmel skit “Kill Everyone in China.” At 6 minutes.

--Dec. 10, 2013

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