DC Digest – October 20, 2014

In Today’s Issue:

  • Duke Elections Series: International Relations, Economic Inequality, and What’s Next
  • Ed Department Announces Final Rule on Changes to Clery Act
  • Associations Comment on Revisions to USPTO Guidance on Patenting Natural Products
  • Duke Alum Republican Pollster Profiled in NYT


DUKE ELECTIONS SERIES: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, & WHAT’S NEXT

The last two installments of the Duke election discussion series have examined the midterm elections through the lenses of international relations and economic inequality. The seven-part series continues on Thursday, with a focus on North Carolina and its key races this election cycle.  Join us on campus or in Washington – or tune in at 4pm!

Read More:
2014 Midterms: Global is the New Local (governmentrelations.duke.edu)
2014 Midterms: It’s NOT the Economy, Stupid (governmentrelations.duke.edu)
Register for “The Home Front: North Carolina in Focus”

 

ED DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FINAL RULE ON CHANGES TO CLERY ACT
The Obama Administration on October 17 announced publication of the final rule implementing changes made to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA).

Earlier this year, the Department announced that a negotiated rulemaking committee including campus law enforcement and security professionals, victim advocates, school attorneys, student affairs professionals, and students reached a consensus on the draft of the new campus safety provisions.

Based on the comments received after publication of the proposed rule, the final rule includes additional requirements to ensure that institutions provide the most complete information possible to their students, better inform and protect victims, and clarify the process for collecting crime statistics and for disclosing in their annual security report the number of crime incidents that were fully investigated and determined to be unfounded, and thus, not included in their crime statistics during the three most recent calendar years.

Read More:
U.S. Department of Ed Announces Final Rule to Help Keep College Campuses Safe (ed.gov)
In Rules on Campus Sexual Assault, Ed Dept Emphasizes Training (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

ASSOCIATIONS COMMENT ON REVISIONS TO USPTO GUIDANCE ON PATENTING NATURAL PRODUCTS
A group of six higher education associations submitted comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on October 16 regarding the agency’s proposed revisions to its March Guidance on patenting natural phenomena and products.

In the document, the associations express concern that USPTO officials have suggested at recent public events that the March Guidance might be further revised before the final version is published. Given the “profound impact” that any revised guidance would have on the life sciences community, the associations write, the agency should issue any newly revised guidance in draft form for public comment so that the patent community and the public can offer their views on any substantive proposed changes.

On the substance of the guidance document, the associations reiterate their strong concern that the USPTO’s overly broad language will impede universities from securing patent protection, hindering their ability to translate important discoveries into new, useful products.

Read More:
Comments on USPTO Guidance on Patenting Natural Products (aau.edu)


DUKE ALUM REPUBLICAN POLLSTER PROFILED IN NYT
Neil Newhouse (T ’74), a leading Republican pollster, credits his interest in survey research to classroom experiences at Duke in an October 17 New York Times piece profiling his current work on the midterm elections.  Newhouse will participate in the final installment of the Duke Election Discussion Series on November 13.

Read More:
Republican Pollster Takes Lessons Learned in 2012 to Senate Races (NewYorkTimes)