Around the industry: More than 600 NIU employees seek to unionize

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  • California: The University of California (UC), San Diego has control over a major research project on Alzheimer's, a judge ruled Friday. UC San Diego has been battling the University of Southern California (USC) for control over the project after a leading researcher left UC San Diego to direct a new Alzheimer's institute at USC (Robbins, Los Angeles Times, 7/24).
  • Illinois: Nearly 650 employees of Northern Illinois University (NIU) signed and filed a petition to form a union under the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The group already represents some NIU employees and around 5,000 employees at state universities. A spokesperson for the school says leaders are aware of staff members' concerns and are exploring options for addressing them (AP/Chicago Tribune, 7/26).
  • North Dakota: The search for a new nickname at the University of North Dakota (UND) has gotten heated after a committee eliminated a popular choice and the current nickname, UND/North Dakota. Instead, the committee advanced five options to a public vote: the Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders, and Sundogs. Last Friday, after a public outcry, President Robert Kelley announced that he would consider returning the name to the list (Burleson, Grand Forks Herald, 7/21; Burleson, Grand Forks Herald, 7/24).

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