Around the industry: Oxford names its first female head ever

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  • California: The cast and crew of popular television show "The Big Bang Theory" have created a scholarship endowment for low-income STEM students at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment currently stands at $4 million after gifts from several of the show's actors and executive producers as well as corporate partners CBS and Warner Bros. Television. The first cohort of scholarship winners will be announced on set this fall (Mikelberg, CBS News, 5/29).
  • Oxford, United Kingdom: The University of Oxford named its first female vice-chancellor in the school's 800-year history, Louise Richardson. Currently, Richardson serves as the principal and vice-chancellor of University of St Andrews. She is considered a leading expert on the growth of terrorist organizations. Richardson says her focus will be on maintaining Oxford's reputation in an increasingly global market and on enrolling a more economically diverse student body (Adams, The Guardian, 5/28).
  • North Carolina: A Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader's name will be removed from a campus building, board members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill decided Thursday. Alumnus William Saunders served as a chief organizer of the KKK, a Confederate colonel in the Civil War, and a secretary of state for North Carolina. A building was named Saunders Hall in his honor in 1920—but now the name will be changed to Carolina Hall "to reinforce the larger concept of community," according to a statement from the school (Reuters, 5/28).

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