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Ohio Profs 'Blindsided'

The narrow passage of Ohio Senate Bill 5 this week could affect unionized employees at public colleges more than they had anticipated, as language to deal with the classification of faculty members was added to the bill "just hours before the full Senate vote, as part of a 99-page omnibus amendement introduced ... by the bill's sponsor, Shannon Jones," reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. "In addition to scaling back the collective-bargaining rights of all state employees, it would effectively prevent many faculty members from engaging in collective bargaining at all, by classifying them as managers, exempt from union representation, if they engage in any of several activities traditionally associated with their jobs," the Chronicle adds. The American Association of University Professors' Mike Maurer, who is a member of the organization's Collective Bargaining Congress, tells the Chronicle that the passage of Senate Bill 5 in Ohio seems to preclude from collective bargaining all faculty who engage in any management activities, and called its reclassification provision "virtually unprecedented." Cary Nelson, AAUP president, says the group was "completely blindsided" by, and plans to challenge, the bill's addendum.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.