Around the industry: University of Connecticut to grant public access to massive bug, insect collection

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  • Connecticut: The University of Connecticut's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will use a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to grant public access to a collection of more than 2 million insects. The critters were collected during more than 20 expeditions to the jungles of Central and South America by former biologist Carl Rettenmeyer and his wife, Marian. The university will begin digitally cataloguing the collection this summer to create an electronic database that will be available online (Eaton-Robb, AP/U.S. News & World Report, 4/13).


  • Massachusetts: Two former students of a Boston University music professor filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging that the professor sexually harassed them and that the university protected him despite evidence of serial offenses. Maria Currie and Erin Shyr, both undergraduates, say they alerted the university to professor Eric Ruske's inappropriate behavior but received a lukewarm response (Redden, The Guardian, 4/12).


  • Missouri: To raise awareness about campus suicide, students at the University of Missouri laid 1,100 T-shirts on the ground Tuesday, representing the approximate number of students who die by suicide each year. The Shed the Silence event took place as part of Missouri's Mental Health Awareness Week, April 11 to 15. During this week, members of the campus community are encouraged to wear lime green, the color associated with mental health efforts (Sabatke, USA Today College, 4/14).

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