Iranian academic sentenced to death
Amnesty International and Sweden are protesting against a sentence imposed on a Ahmadreza Jalali, a researcher at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, who was detained in Tehran on allegations of spying and “enmity with God” -a crime that in Iran can result in the death penalty. The Swedish-Iranian scholar works on improving hospitals’ emergency responses to armed terrorism and radiological, chemical, and biological threats. “We condemn the use of the death penalty in all its forms. The death penalty is an inhuman, cruel, and irreversible punishment that has no place in modern law,” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in an e-mailed comment. “The Iranian authorities must urgently quash the death sentence against Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine Ahmadreza Jalali,” Amnesty said in a statement.
PhD thesis of Stephen Hawking crashes University of Cambridge website
Professor Stephen Hawking’s 1966 thesis “Properties of expanding universes” was made openly accessible on the publications section of University of Cambridge’s website for the first time. The website crashed due to a huge demand of tens of thousands of people to read the academic’s work in the first twelve hours, reports the Telegraph. “Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding, By making my PhD thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos,” Professor Hawking said. Dr Arthur Smith, Deputy Head of Scholarly Communication, said that from now on “all PhD students graduating from the University of Cambridge will be required to deposit an electronic copy of their doctoral work for future preservation.”
Non-U.S. professors welcomed at Pyongyang university
After a U.S. travel ban, the only western-funded university in North Korea was forced to start the September semester with only half of its faculty staff. Around 130 foreigners were at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, among them 60 U.S. citizens who have been advised to leave the country after the U.S. State Department has enforced a ban on September 1. This ban includes all Americans traveling to North Korea. University’s recruitment focus is now on non-U.S. professors from Europe and Asia, reports Reuters.