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Tufts University Connection To Purdue Pharma’s Connection To OxyContin

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Tufts University is reviewing its connection to OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma in the wake of court documents filed last week detailing explosive allegations about the company, the mega-donors that own it and their alleged influence over the university’s medical school.

The court filing from Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey alleges that members of the Sackler family knew the opioid was causing overdoses and were involved in efforts to mislead doctors and the public about the powerful painkiller’s effects. They did not tell authorities about reports the drug was being abused and peddled on the street, it says.

The filing claims one member of the family, Richard Sackler, wanted to blame abusers, writing in a 2001 email that abusers “are the culprits and the problem” and that they “are reckless criminals,”.

The filing alleges that Purdue funded “an entire degree program at Tufts University to influence Massachusetts doctors to use its drugs.” Purdue sponsored an annual “Sackler Lecture” at Tufts on pain medicine, and Richard Sackler for many years held a seat on the school of medicine’s board, it alleges. (Purdue Pharma is unrelated to the university in Indiana.)

A Tufts spokesman, Patrick Collins, issued a statement Friday saying that the university has been and remains deeply committed to the highest ethical and scientific standards.

“The information raised in the Attorney General’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals and other defendants is deeply troubling,” it said. “We will be undertaking a review of Tufts’ connection with Purdue to ensure that we were provided accurate information, that we followed our conflict of interest guidelines and that we adhered to our principles of academic and research integrity. Based on this review, we will determine if any changes need to be made moving forward.”

It appears that members of the Sackler family have given money to many universities and museums over the years. Donations have resulted in their names being inscribed on campuses, including the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Arthur M. Sackler Center for Medical Education at Tufts and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University.

The Boston Globe noted Harvard Art Museums have pointed out that the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation provides no continuing funding for the museum:

“Arthur Sackler generously donated the funds in 1982 that paid for the construction of the original building that housed the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway. In 2014, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum was relocated to 32 Quincy Street, as part of the renovation and expansion of the Harvard Art Museums.”

Tufts provided similar background information in response to a question about the Somerville mayor’s call to remove the Sackler name from campus:

“The Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences was established in 1980 by Jean Mayer, then president of Tufts University, and the Board of Trustees to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary graduate education to advance health. In 1983, Jean Mayer and the Board of Trustees established the Arthur M. Sackler Center. In both cases, the naming gifts were provided to the university more than a decade before OxyContin was introduced to the marketplace.”

A lengthy 2017 feature in The New Yorker says he became wealthy marketing the tranquilizers Librium and Valium. It quoted Allen Frances, former chair of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, saying that, “Most of the questionable practices that propelled the pharmaceutical industry into the scourge it is today can be attributed to Arthur Sackler.”

In 2014, Purdue medical liaison staff “succeeded in getting two Purdue unbranded curricula approved for teaching” to Tufts students, it alleges.

Purdue Pharma, based in Stamford, Conn., did not respond to requests for comment. The company sent a statement to WBUR saying Healey is attempting to vilify “a single manufacturer whose medicines represent less than 2 percent of opioid pain prescriptions rather than doing the hard work of trying to solve a complex public health crisis.”

It also said that “the complaint distorts critical facts and cynically conflates prescription opioid medications with illegal heroin and fentanyl, which are the leading cause of overdose deaths in Massachusetts.”

Almost 218,000 people in the United States died from overdoses related to prescription opioids between 1999 and 2017, according to the CDC. Overdose deaths from prescription opioids were five times higher in 2017 than they were in 1999.

Gen Z & the Workforce


Gen Z is entering the workforce at a rapid pace, with the eldest of them now 23. A far larger group than their millennial counterparts, youth and young adults born between the mid-1990s and late 2000s have aptly been named Gen Z. Employers should be excited as a flood of talent will be joining the workforce soon — comprising 36 percent of the workforce by 2020 — but be aware, they have short attention spans, even shorter than millennials, and expect a lot from their employers.

According to a Deloitte study, Gen Z values employment that allows them to live a balanced lifestyle even more so than Millennials, with a greater emphasis on physical, mental and social well-being. They want flexibility and control within their schedules. For example, they want to be able to go to an afternoon doctor’s appointment without feeling like it reflects poorly on their work ethic. Employers must investigate providing flexible work hours, the ability to work from home when possible, and progressive benefit plans that include a Wellness Spending Account. Shopify, for example, offers a WSA that includes eligible spending categories such as gym memberships, financial planners and house cleaning.


With this massive influx of new talent, the workplace is once again going to experience significant change.

Growing up with the Internet, teens are used to getting real-time feedback—and lots of it. Their education and co-curricular activities have also made them used to receiving constructive criticism and acting upon it to improve their chances of success.

“The big thing for employers to consider is that Gen Z actually wants to be mentored and managed,” says Tom Turpin, president of employment agency Randstad. “Gen Z places a tremendous amount of value on an employer’s ability to mentor and teach them.”

Gen Z, people born in 1995 and later, are protesters, social-justice marchers, and spendthrifts just like their hippie aunts, uncles, parents and even grandparents.

Demographers may debate the exact dates, but Baby Boomers were typically born between 1946 and 1964. Their parents grew up during the Depression and the nightly news brought into their living rooms images of a war fought in Southeast Asia.


Compare that with Generation Z. Some of the first Gen Zers were teens and adolescents during the Great Recession of 2008. They saw their parents or the parents of their friends struggle with foreclosures and joblessness. Meanwhile, the country was waging a War on Terror against a nationless enemy.



Are Gen Z and millennials ignoring you?

Gen Y versus Gen Z

Gen X versus Gen Y versus Gen Z - differences in the workplace

Traditional marketing doesn’t work for Gen Z. Marketers need to embrace technology and new ways of storytelling. According to an infographic from Upfront Analytics, Gen Z customers respond to edgy and visual marketing tactics. Videos—especially short ones like those created via the social network Vine—work particularly well with young customers.

How to market to the Gen Z teenager

The study revealed that 80 percent of Gen Z say finding themselves creatively is important. Over 25 percent post original video on a weekly basis, while 65 percent enjoy creating and sharing content on social media.

Generation Z are culture creators


Marist College
Artist’s rendering of Marist Health Quest School of Medicine
Marist College in New York’s Hudson Valley will partner with a regional health-care provider to build a new medical school.
Marist Health Quest School of Medicine is expected to open its doors in 2022, reaching capacity in 2032 with about 500 students.

Schools Educating A Weed Workforce



The University of Ottawa is offering a Cannabis Law course.  Dubois, a partner at the Ottawa law office of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, and colleague Megan Wallace will be the lead instructors of the new cannabis law course at the University of Ottawa. The course, the first of its kind in Canada, will run for about three weeks. Students will learn about the licensing and regulatory frameworks of the cannabis industry as well as how legalizing the drug will affect everything from employment to property law. Diane Labelle, general counsel at Health Canada Legal Services, will teach a similar course at uOttawa in French this fall.

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Commercial landlords now face heavy penalties for allowing pot to be sold at their properties, a situation that will have to change in time for private retailers to hit the market next April.

Dubois course will also feature a field trip to the Tweed production facility in Smiths Falls, where students will get a first-hand look at the product they’re learning about.

Southern Ontario’s Niagara College announced it was launching a one-year post-graduate commercial cannabis production program developed in conjunction with more than a dozen licensed producers, including Tweed parent Canopy Growth.

Ryerson University in Toronto, meanwhile, said this summer its Ted Rogers School of Management would be introducing a course ​– appropriately numbered 420 ​– called “the Business of Cannabis,” focusing on topics such as retailing, marketing, quality control and financing. And Montreal’s McGill University plans to enter the field by offering a diploma program in cannabis and cannabis production, starting next fall.

The cannabis industry has an urgent need for workers with highly specialized skills in areas such as genetics, horticulture, cultivation techniques, pest control and biotechnology.

 Skills are some what borrowed from pharmaceutical or food industries, but it is still quite different because the cannabis industry is complex. There are a lot of components to the cannabis industry.

Jobs of The Future


Researchers predict in about 15 years many jobs/or profession will be obsolete. there will be about 200 profession we never heard of as well.

Jobs with 99% chance of being automated‚ included data capturers‚ new accounts clerks‚ cargo agents‚ watch repairers‚ insurance underwriters‚ hand-sewers‚ telemarketers and tax preparers. Umpires‚ legal secretaries and couriers also stood little chance of surviving. Undergoing training and obtaining two or three certificates is not enough to be ready for tomorrow. Learning and developing competencies has to be continuous . Education is expanding beyond academic and vocational establishments, which is manifested in the emergence of public online courses, some of them offered by leading world universities.

There are some jobs that have only a 0.35% chance or less of being automated because “many of them require a level of human interaction that may take many more years for computer programs to replicate”.

Choreographers‚ psychologists‚ human resources managers‚ anthropologists‚ archaeologists‚ sales managers and CEOs are safe. Other sustainable jobs to be in or study towards include recreational therapists‚ audiologists‚ occupational therapists‚ healthcare social workers‚ orthotists and prosthetists‚ mental health and substance abuse social workers‚ emergency management directors, and first-line supervisors of mechanics‚ installers and repairers.


System biotechnologist
Living system architect
Urban ecologist
Park ecologist
Medical data manager
Medical equipment designer
Genetic consultant
Medical Marketing Expert
R&D manager in healthcare
Molecular nutrition expert
Medical robot operator
Gene therapy expert
Robotic prosthesis and implant
Tissue engineer
Medical institution life cycle
Personalized healthcare expert
Healthy old age consultant
Online doctor
Lean production
Programming / Robotics /
Artificial Intelligence
Client focus
Multilingual and
multicultural abilities
Interpersonal skills
conscious thinking
Ability to work under
Artistic skills
Systems thinking
Agricultural informatics and
engineering expert
GMO farmer
City farmer
Automated farming equipment
Agricultural ecologist
Agricultural economist
Power generation system upgrade
Micro generation system designer
Weather expert in power industry
Recuperation system designer
Local power supply system
Wearable power device designer
Energy storage device designer
Power marketing expert
Electricity consumer rights expert
Energy auditor
Power consumption system
System engineer for smart power
Electric vehicle charging station
Power grid adjuster/controller
in distributed generation
Lean production
Programming / Robotics /
Artificial Intelligence
Client focus
Multilingual and
multicultural abilities
Interpersonal skills
conscious thinking
Ability to work under
Artistic skills
Systems thinking
Automated transportation system
Transportation network safety
Cross-logistics operator
Intermodal hub designer
Intermodal transport technician
Smart road builder
Designer of composite structures
for vehicles
High-speed railway designer
Smart management system
Port ecologist
Marine infrastructure system
Arctic navigation specialist
Unmanned flight interface
Small aircraft production engineer
Operating data analyst
Aircraft recycling technologist
Airship designer
Airship infrastructure designer
Dynamic control smart
management system designer
Lean production
Programming / Robotics /
Artificial Intelligence
Client focus
Multilingual and
multicultural abilities
Interpersonal skills
conscious thinking
Ability to work under
Artistic skills
Systems thinking
Space structure designer
Space travel manager
Life support system engineer
Space road engineer
Space biologist
Space geologist
Glass engineer
Recycling technologist
System engineer of composite
Nanomaterial designer
Smart environment designer
Safety engineer in nano industry
Information systems architect
Interface designer
Online lawyer
Neural interface designer
IT preacher
Digital linguist
Big Data model designer
IT auditor
Information security supervisor
Personal profile security advisor
Smart environment cyber
Cyber detective
Mining system engineer
Environmental analyst in mining
Robotic system engineer
Unmanned exploration aircraft
Distributed mining team
Telemetric data interpretation
Specialist in old structure
Zero energy house architect
Construction technology upgrade
Smart house infrastructure
Foreman watcher
3D printing designer in
BIM manager designer
Accessible environment designer
Environmental analyst in
Multi-purpose robotic systems
Ergonomic designer
Composite engineer
Household robot designer
Children’s robot designer
Designer of neural interfaces for
robot control
Medical robot designer



Intellectual property appraiser

Personal pension plan designer

Multicurrency translator
Crowd funding and crowd
investing platform manager
Direct talent investment fund
Time broker
Time manager
Production coordinator in
distributed communities
Environment auditor
Trend watcher / foresighter
Virtual lawyer
Corporate venture fund portfolio
Corporate anthropologist
Community development plan coordinator
Personal brand manager
Cross-cultural communication
User community moderator
Online sales manager
Individual financial trajectory designer
Crowd sourcing expert for social
Government authority
communication platform
Social conflict mediator
Environmental counselor
Personal charity platform
State-private partnership
specialist for the social sector
Social worker for disabled
persons adaptation using internet
Migrant adaptation specialist
Academic path designer
Project training organizer
Educational online platform
Startup mentor
Game master
Game educator
Mind fitness coach
Designer of consciousness train
Transmedia product designer
Children’s R&D manager
Children’s future image expert
Children’s psychological security
Content aggregator editor
Info stylist
Semantic field producer
Media software designer
Media policeman
Virtual reality architect
Virtual world designer
Game practitioner
Individual tour director
Space brand manager
Augmented reality area designer
Robot attendant
Territory architect
Smart travel system designer
Integrated industrial security
Remote security coordinator
Ergonomic designer of wearable
security devices
Expert for mitigating systemic
environmental disasters
Personal security designer



Students Outrage Over 999$ Text Book

A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, signed up for an introductory accounting course, and noticed that the online textbook for the course was listed at $999.

She took to Facebook and posted a screenshot on the “UL Ragin Cajuns Book Swap” group.

“Can anyone explain why the WileyPlus online code for ACCT 202 is $1000?” she asked.

Fellow students took to Twitter to voice their outrage, and soon after students and observers were accusing UL-Lafayette of scamming students.The textbook, Financial and Managerial Accounting, 3rd Edition, was customized by publisher Wiley for the Accounting 201 and 202 courses at UL-Lafayette and is a new addition to the courses this academic year. The $999 pricing was not a glitch.

Though the university and publisher argue that the $999 price was just a “placeholder” that no one would actually pay, the incident has caused uncertainty and anger among students who are just trying to purchase the correct items at the best price. The textbook marketplace can already be incredibly confusing due to its plethora of vendors, subtly different textbook editions, disliked single-use access codes and disparate rental programs.

While the online-only version of the textbook was priced at $999 in the Wiley marketplace, a bundled print and online textbook was available for $253.25 from the college bookstore. Both options include an access code for the WileyPlus online teaching and learning platform.

The university knew that the online book is usually cheaper than the hard copy. UL knew that most students would buy the online copy and just print it out so that we wouldn’t have to spend crazy money on a book from their bookstore. So they made the online version a ridiculous amount so that us students had no other option.”

Qatar Adds New Courses To It’s Master’s Degree In Library & Information Studies

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University College London Qatar (UCL Qatar) has announced the introduction of new courses within its postgraduate master’s degree of Library and Information Studies.
For the first time in Qatar, specialized courses in archives, records and data management will be taught. These will support the transition of Qatar to a knowledge-based economy and the development of the country’s growing need for library and information specialists.
The updates will help meet the growing need from across government and the private sectors to handle an ever-increasing amount of records, and to support the emerging research sector and e-government initiatives.
Trained data professionals in the sector will be able to manage and handle records from government agencies and private corporations, as well as the emerging research sector in the country.
The announcement comes just weeks after the official opening of the Qatar National Library that will now support Qatar’s innovative and research-based libraries sector to become a
regional leader.

Applications for UCL Qatar’s master’s degree programmes in Library and Information Studies and Museum and Gallery Practice are currently open at UCL Qatar. The degree programmes are available as full-time one year courses or part-time two years courses.

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