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The AVC are pumping up the volume on behalf of the vulnerable animals being tested on at the University of Bradford. Chanting down Vivisection was one of the…

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BBC Free Speech @ University of Westminster
Rick Edwards Tina Daheley pop by Regents Campus to host a special pilot episode of their BBC 3 show Freedom of Speech.

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Collapse Of Free Speech
April 15, 2014 What part of 'free speech' do the folks at the University of Regina not get?

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Paul Weston at Kent University 9 April 2014
European elections 2014 hustings at the University of Kent.

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Clayton King (4/9) – Liberty University Campus Church

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The nonprofit alleges that coach Dabo Swinney crosses the line by using his position to promote Christianity.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University, citing concerns about how much religious influence coaches have on football players,according to The Greenville News.

According to the foundation, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has promoted a culture in the program that violates constitutional stipulations of the separation of church and state.

A spokesman for the athletic department declined to comment on the letter. Cathy Sams, the university’s chief public affairs officer, said her department has not completed its review of the letter but said Swinney hasn’t forced his religion onto his players.

The foundation does not plan to bring this to litigation, and according to the article, it does not want to infringe on Swinney’s rights of religious freedom. However, it wants to ensure that the Clemson players are protected for instance, it wants to make sure that some players aren’t given preferential treatment on the basis of religion. It also wants to make sure Swinney’s position as head coach doesn’t pressure athletes into becoming more religious.

“What we have observed in the records is that the football coaching staff is doing a number of things to promote Christianity to their student-athletes,” foundation staff attorney Patrick Elliott said.

“What we’d like to see is the end of this chaplaincy position and end to Bible distributions by coaches, an end to devotionals scheduled and put on by coaches and staff. The coaches need to step back and just coach (football) and not coach in religious matters.”

Under Swinney, Clemson has had an outwardly religious program,which was discussed in a Chronicle of Higher Education feature last year. According to the piece, there are Bible studies for coaches twice a week, three other devotionals each week and a voluntary chapel for players the night before each game. Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins was baptized in a livestock trough on the 50-yard line after a practice in 2012. Swinney says he is up front about his faith.

Before they ever joined the team, some of them prayed with coaches on the phone during recruiting calls. On recruiting visits, they heard from Mr. Swinney: “I’m a Christian. If you have a problem with that, you don’t have to be here.”

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Liberty University Provost Ron Godwin's duties have been reduced following a mix-up involving a biblical studies certificate program.

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Preacher Angela Cummings preaches in a free speech zone defined by barricades at UTC in this file photo.

Campus preacher Angela Cummings talks aloud to passing students and some scoffers in this November photo from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The UT system is adopting new rules for people who wish to speak on its campuses.


Should would-be university campus speakers have to have a sponsor?

Free speech, for some at least, soon will require sponsorship on University of Tennessee system campuses.

Though no one ended up in handcuffs like a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student did in November, a group of controversial street preachers returned to the UTC campus recently and reignited the discussion about whether taxpayer-backed universities should be a forum for public demonstration.

The issue is divisive. But the UT board of trustees already has weighed in.

A policy passed by trustees at their February meeting will require parties unaffiliated with UT to obtain the endorsement of a campus organization, faculty member or university faction before coming to any campus in the UT system to spread their message, regardless of what that message is.

Currently, unaffiliated people wishing to exercise free speech on campus simply notify the university of their desired location on campus, and the two sides arrange a time for their visit.

If the policy is approved by the state’s attorney general and secretary of state, it will replace the existing UT campus speaker policies that a federal court ruled contradictory and vague.

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Around Liberty in 90 Seconds – 4/2/2014

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LYNCHBURG, Va. New concerns have arisen over Liberty Universitys use of a choreographer who has advocated for homosexual causesas its Department of Theater Arts opens its production of Mary Poppins this weekend.

Information provided to Christian News Network reveals that the choreographer is also a photographer whose homosexual advocacy extends into his photo shoots, which include that of a drag superstar. Students at Liberty took part in free photography sessions during his recent visit to the campus.

As previously reported, the university recently published an article regarding the production, which it celebrates as being the schools largest to date, presented by Alluvion Stage Company, an arm of the universitys Department of Theater Arts. It outlined that Alluvion has hired a guest music director, a flight director, and a Broadway choreographer to assist with the presentation.

The article then focused on selectedselected choreographer Geoffrey Goldberg, a New York City-based artist who has been involved with professional theater for over a decade, and traveled the country for five years assisting with the production of Mary Poppins, among others. It included a brief interview with Goldberg, as well as quotes from Alluvions artistic director Linda Nell Cooper. The article also featured a video from Liberty News Service, which likewise contained a brief interview with Goldberg and provided video footage of him working with students.

Goldbergs bio on his website outlines that herecently directed and choreographed the new musical Bradley Cole. An online review of the musical explains that Bradley Cole is enriched with contemporary issues such as shame and confusion over same-sex attraction. It outlines the plot, where Ian is secretly, repressively, in love with Ben, although one of his female friends expresses interest in him.

Goldbergs social media pages also indicate his support and advocacy for the homosexual agenda, posting Happy pride, everyone on Twitter last June in recognition of Homosexual Pride Month. Goldberg is also a member of the Facebook group Marriage Equality New York, and hisPinterest page likewise features a board that includes homosexual wedding ideas.

However, it has now come to light that Goldberg also runs Geoffrey Goldberg Photography, which similarly showcases his advocacy for the homosexual lifestyle. His website features two homosexual men under his weddings and couples section, with one photo capturing the couple embracing.Goldbergs website and Facebook page also highlight a photo shoot with self-proclaimed drag superstar, Schwa de Vivre,a male drag star donned in makeup and feminine apparel.

This winter has been a DRAG!!! But sometimes DRAG can be a blast! he wrote as his status for the album.

Goldberg additionally shares photographs on his Facebook page of Liberty University students that participated in free photo shoots during his visit to Lynchburg, just days after posting photographs of his drag superstar photo shoot.

As previously reported, director Linda Nell Cooper told Christian News Network that Alluvian/Liberty University was not aware of Goldbergs homosexual advocacy, but stated that ones personal life is not a factor in the hiring process for stage productions.

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The censorship of an atheist bookstall at freshers' week is just another example of heavy-handed repression in our universities On the morning of 3 October, Chris Moos and Abhishek Phadnis put on joke T-shirts, of the kind students wear the world over, and went to man the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society stall at the London School of Economics freshers' fair. The bullying the university …

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It may not be to quite the same level achieved by Victor Frankenstein, but work by a team from the University of Edinburgh is likely to have significant real-world implications in the field of regenerative medicine. For the first time, the team has successfully regenerated a living organ in mice, not by using a jolt of electricity, but by manipulating DNA.

The organ in question was the thymus, which is located next to the heart and is an integral part of the immune system. In humans, it achieves most of its growth in early life, continuing to then grow slowly until puberty when it slowly begins to shrink for the remainder of a person’s life. It’s deterioration with age leaves older people with greater susceptibility to infections, such as flu.

In a study led by researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, levels of a protein called FOXN1, which is produced by cells of the thymus and helps control how important genes are switched on and off, was increased. This instructed the stem cell-like cells to rebuild the organ in very old mice.

This resulted in the thymus being regenerated to have a similar structure to those found in a young mouse, with the organ’s function restored and the mice producing more white blood cells called T cells, which play a central role in fighting infection.

The breakthrough could lead to new therapies for the treatment of people with damaged immune systems and genetic conditions that affect thymus development, such as DiGeorge syndrome. However, the team says more work will need to be done to ensure the process can be tightly controlled before the approach is tested on humans.

“One of the key goals in regenerative medicine is harnessing the bodys own repair mechanisms and manipulating these in a controlled way to treat disease,” says Dr Rob Buckle, the Head of Regenerative Medicine at the MRC. “This interesting study suggests that organ regeneration in a mammal can be directed by manipulation of a single protein, which is likely to have broad implications for other areas of regenerative biology.”

The team’s study is published in the journal Development.

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Newswise NEW YORK, NY (April 9, 2014) Dr. Mahendra Rao, who has directed the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH CRM) since 2010, will join The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute as its Vice President for Regenerative Medicine, a newly created position, Susan Solomon, NYSCF Chief Executive Officer, announced today.

Dr. Rao, who holds an MD degree and a PhD in developmental neurobiology, is one of the nations most prominent stem cell scientists. He has over twenty years of experience in all aspects of the stem cell field including government, academia, and business. Before joining the NIH, Dr. Rao spent six years as the vice president of Regenerative Medicine at Life Technologies, Inc. (now Thermo Fisher Scientific) after serving as the chief of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging and co-founding Q Therapeutics, a neural stem cell company based in Utah. Dr. Rao is tenured at the University of Utah School of Medicine in both Neurobiology and Anatomy and has over twenty submitted and ten issued patents.

Dr. Raos expertise in translational research, academia, and industry make him a valuable asset in our mission to take stem cell research from the laboratory to the clinic in order to find cures for the diseases that affect those we love, Solomon said. We are delighted to have him on board.

Solomon said that recruiting Dr. Rao is a major coup for NYSCF as it builds on its existing successes and carries out its strategic goals. Dr. Raos expertise and experience in setting up a company and in leading the translational effort at NIH will complement their expertise in automation and high-throughput induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell generation.

I am enthused about NYSCFs efforts to generate high-quality stem cell lines and partner with the pharma and academic communities. I am excited to be joining them to advance their goals, said Dr. Rao.

In addition to his business career, Dr. Rao has served on scientific advisory boards, editorial boards and review panels and on committees including as the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee chair and as the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine and International Society for Stem Cell Research liaison to the International Society for Cellular Therapy. Currently, he sits on the board of Cesca Therapeutics, Inc. and serves as the Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at Q Therapeutics.

“Mahendra is a widely-recognized and accomplished leader in stem cell research. He will be a major asset for NYSCF as we continue to develop new therapeutics for patients,” said Dr. Zach Hall, NYSCF Board Member and former Director of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine will host a symposium on Friday, April 11, 2014 to detail the progress researchers are making toward reprogramming human cells to treat a variety of diseases.

In addition to talks on the basic science of regenerative medicine, Nobel laureate John Gurdon will present the keynote address entitled, “Past, Present and Future Prospects for Nuclear Reprogramming by Amphibian Eggs and Oocytes,” and New York Times reporter Nicholas Wade will speak about “Regenerative Medicine: Promises and Perils.”

When: Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Where: BRB Auditorium, 421 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104

What: Agenda and other details can be found on the IRM web site.

Symposium schedule:

8:30 Introduction and Welcome J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD Executive Vice-President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System Dean, Perelman School of Medicine John Gearhart, PhD Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine

8:45 Keynote: Past, Present and Future Prospects for Nuclear Reprogramming by Amphibian Eggs and Oocytes John Gurdon, FRS, FMedSci 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute The Henry Wellcome Building of cancer and Developmental Biology

9:45 Progress Towards Instructing Our Cells for Therapies John Gearhart, PhD

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Liberty University Promotes “Faith Healer” Benny Hinn
Benny Hinn announces a new relationship with Liberty University. He is joined by Director of Liberty University Institute of Biblical Studies and Dr. Ronald …

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Comic book legend Jim Starlins 1980s space odysseyDreadstaris coming to the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Its too early to consider things like cast and release date yet, but the project is being spearheaded by Benderspink and Illuminati Entertainment.

Starlin has been writing comics since the 1970s and is credited with the introduction of several well-known characters, especially on the Marvel Comics side of things. Perhaps most notably, Starlin is responsible for the creation of the villain Thanos, and he wrote the Infinity Gauntlet story in 1991. A live-action Thanos was introduced in the Marvel Studios filmThe Avengers,and the Infinity Gems, the powerful artifacts that fuel the reality-bending gauntlet, have been teased in multiple films, most prominently inThor: The Dark World. Its still unknown how much of Starlins original story will impact the Marvel film universe, but the films have definitely hinted that there is more coming. Starlin also created the characters Drax the Destroyer and Gamora, both of which feature prominently in the upcomingGuardians of the Galaxymovie due out on August 1, 2014.

By comparison, Dreadstar probably isnt a name that a lot of non-diehard comics fans are familiar with, but it has potential to spawn a franchise. The story began in 1980 in issue three of the Epic Illustrated magazine, introducing readers to the character of Vanth Dreadstar through the cult classic story,Metamorphosis Odyssey.

The story has a distinctly space opera flair, and spans two galaxies.The super-powered Dreadstar and a small group of champions chosen by the immortal Aknaton, a member of the first race in the Milky Way, help to destroy our galaxy in an effort to end the suffering caused by a race known as the Zygoteans. Dreadstar survives and finds himself in a new galaxy, but he is soon caught in the middle of a war between two powerful and vicious factions, the Monarchy and the Church.So he forms a crew to fight back, teaming up with a cybernetic warlock known as Syzygy Darlock, a blind telepath named Willow, a feline humanoid named Oedi, and con-man named Skeevo.

Benderspink producer J.C. Spink, pursued the rights to the property as soon as he discovered they were available, and compared the series to another space epic of the time with a wee bit more name recognition. Apart from Star Wars, this was my favorite science fiction story growing up, he said. Spink recently served as producer toWere the MillersandThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

During the comic book run of Dreadstar, Epic Publications was a creator-owned imprint of Marvel Comics, but the Dreadstar film will have no connection to the Marvel Studios movies. As a creator-owned publishing house, Starlin retained the rights to Dreadstar throughout the years, and has guarded them despite several attempts to adapt the property.

Dreadstar is one of the most important comics on the 1980s, paving the way for creators to control their own creations, Ford Lytle Gilmore of Illuminati Entertainment said. After decades of Jim exercising that control and turning away countless Hollywood suitors, Im excited hes trusting me and J.C. to do it right.

The next step is for the producers to hire a screenwriter to develop a script.


Ryan Fleming is the Gaming and Cinema Editor for Digital Trends. He joined the DT staff in 2009 after spending time covering local news, travel features, and politics. He has also been a frequent guest on podcasts, radio programs, and TV spots. Ryan is a diehard gamer and follower of the gaming industry, an avid filmgoer, and a passionate supporter of his alma mater, the University of Kansas. Find Ryan online at: Facebook: Twitter: @RyanFlemingPDX XBL: Iridium Six PSN: IridiumSix

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Newswise PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvanias Institute for Regenerative Medicine will host a symposium on Friday, April 11, 2014 to detail the progress researchers are making toward reprogramming human cells to treat a variety of diseases.

In addition to talks on the basic science of regenerative medicine, Nobel laureate John Gurdon will present the keynote address entitled, Past, Present and Future Prospects for Nuclear Reprogramming by Amphibian Eggs and Oocytes, and New York Times reporter Nicholas Wade will speak about Regenerative Medicine: Promises and Perils.

When: Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:30am 5:00pm

Where: BRB Auditorium, 421 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104

What: Agenda and other details can be found on the IRM web site.

Symposium schedule:

8:30 Introduction and Welcome J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD Executive Vice-President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System Dean, Perelman School of Medicine John Gearhart, PhD Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine

8:45 Keynote: Past, Present and Future Prospects for Nuclear Reprogramming by Amphibian Eggs and Oocytes John Gurdon, FRS, FMedSci 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute The Henry Wellcome Building of cancer and Developmental Biology

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Making the Saginaw Bay region beaches available for community members is a high priority for local Great Lakes restoration organizations.

State and federal legislative representatives came together Friday to discuss the future of the Great Lakes during Central Michigan Universitys symposium.

Weekly, we would receive phone calls about beach access and water levels, said Kyle Bostwick, the Shiawasee Sub-Watershed director for the Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed and chief of staff for State Rep. Charles Brunner, D-Bay City. Weve come a long way. There were 37 beaches closed on a regular basis, and now were down to five.

Bostwick said there are multiple groups in the area that are working to keep the area safe for recreation, but organizing the groups had been difficult in the past.

There are 18 organizations alone to better the Cass River, he said. We are very lucky to have Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and many others working with these organizations to better these rivers.

Preservation of the Great Lakes and the rivers in the area has been a main focus for many organizations like the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality. Bostwick said he believes providing access to the beaches and rivers is just as important.

We spend all this time and resources on preserving it that we forget about access to these beaches, he said. You have to drive all the way to Tawas to see a beach without muck. We have to provide access. That should be our primary goal.

Bostwick said the Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed was just granted permission to clean 1,000 feet of beaches and build a boardwalk. He said this was a small step in the process of cleaning hundreds of miles of shoreline for the public to access.

Others at the symposium were worried about the Enbridge Energy Partners LP sunken pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Ryan Tarrant, district director for U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, said the representative has asked the company to evaluate the structure and integrity of the pipeline.

The pipeline, which carries more than 23 million gallons of crude oil through the area daily, can be shut off in case of a leak by a valve, according to the company.

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