Bias and Discrimination at UCLA
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After publicly denying an African-American doctor's charges of racial discrimination, UCLA settled for $4.5 million. Last week, a special panel reported "a campus racial climate in near crisis." We hear what it's like at the Medical Center and on the rest of the campus. Also, three endangered California condors from the LA Zoo were released to the wild today east of Big Sur. You could watch on the Condor cam.
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Bias and Discrimination at UCLA ()
Dr. Christian Head, a surgeon at UCLA's Medical Center, sued the university in April of last year, charging bias on the part of fellow faculty members. He complained that he was portrayed as a gorilla being sodomized during a graduation event. Last year he told KCRW, "I have never experienced a level of racism like this before in my life. It was meant to essentially strip me down…They wanted to dehumanize me, make me feel sub-human and the laughter... it was just unbelievable. I was the only African American present." At that time, UCLA denied the allegations and accused Dr. Head's supporters of "rushing to judgment." But Chancellor Gene Block set up an investigative panel headed by former State Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno. In July of this year, the University settled with Dr. Head for $4.5 million. Last week, the panel reported "a campus racial climate in near crisis." Chancellor Block has issued a statement saying he takes the report seriously and promises to implement some recommendations.
Condor Cam Goes Live in Big Sur ()
At noon today, high in the hills of the Coast Range east of Big Sur, three endangered California Condors were released to the wild. They'd been treated for lead poisoning at the LA Zoo. You could watch the event on the Condor cam, which began operating on Monday for scientists and for the general public. At the right time of day, you can watch Condors eat. Paul Rogers is a veteran of environmental reporting for the San Jose Mercury News, who also manages the Science Unit at KQED, public radio and TV in San Francisco.
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