Notes in the Margins: Big Med, transportation and Canadian research

The Collapse of Big Law: A Cautionary Tale for Big Med Medicine lags behind the law by several decades, but it is now proceeding down the same path. Rankings are playing an increasing role in how medical schools and hospitals assess their performance. (The Atlantic)

Occidental College bans investments in assault weapons companies In a move that activists described as the first of its kind for any American college or university, Occidental College in Los Angeles is pledging to stay away from any investments in companies that manufacture military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for general public sale. (Los Angeles Times)

Dispute Over the Future of Basic Research in Canada The Canadian government announced a transformation of its National Research Council, formerly focused largely on basic research, into a one-stop “concierge service” to bolster technological innovation by industry and generate high-quality jobs. Scientists and academics have been vocal about the government’s blunt preference for commercially applicable science. (The New York Times)

Universities offer sustainable transportation alternatives for students A new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that over the last two decades, a number of universities have encouraged students to use buses, bicycles and car sharing programs to reduce driving around their campuses. (USA Today)

‘Transitional’ courses catch on as college-prep strategy With many students entering college ill prepared to succeed academically, one remedy states and districts are increasingly bringing to the table is transitional coursework for high schoolers who need extra help. (Education Week via The Hechinger Report)