Around the industry: Duke seeks nearly $10 M from oil and gas tycoon's estate

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  • Iowa: University of Iowa (UI) professor Resmiye Oral is asking the university's athletics department to bring a greater range of facial expressions to mascot Herky the Hawk in university publications. "Herky's angry...  faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community," Oral wrote in an email to UI athletic department officials. The department says it is looking into the request (Charis-Carlson, Iowa City Press-Citizen, 8/24). 
  • New York: Former Tulane University history and economics professor Michael Bernstein has been named the new provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Stony Brook University. His appointment takes effect Oct. 31 (Kilgallen, The Statesman, 8/23).
  • North Carolina: Duke University is seeking nearly $10 million in what it says were pledges made by alumnus Aubrey McClendon, an oil and gas tycoon. Duke claims the amount is part of $18.75 million McClendon committed to the university for athletics, scholarships, and campus improvements. Aubrey, co-founder of the Chesapeake Energy Corporation, died in March in a car crash (Chronicle of Philanthropy, 8/24). 

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