“George Rupp had a distinguished academic career in the study of religion,” says Taylor, the Religion Department chair. In religion from Harvard. Before coming to Columbia he was a professor and dean of the Harvard Divinity School, and then president of Rice University.
Martin Shkreli became known as the “most hated man in the world” after his drug company, Turing, increased the price of a 62 year old drug that treated HIV patients by 5,000% to $750 a pill. He was charged with illegally taking stock from Retrophin, a biotechnology firm he started in 2011, and using it pay off debts from unrelated business dealings. Shkreli, who maintains he is innocent, and says there is little evidence of fraud because his investors didn’t lose money..
Consider the case of Oakley Inc., the maker of trendy sunglasses, which has sold 20 percent of its production through Sunglass Hut, a chain acquired earlier this year by the Luxottica Group of Italy, which makes sunglasses under names like Ray Ban, Armani, Bulgari, Chanel and Brooks Brothers. It is No. 1 in the sunglass business..
A week later agents busted Vega at Miami International Airport as he got off a flight from South America. According to court papers, he admitted buying guns with the intention of exporting them illegally to Ecuador. Police from the war torn country were unlikely to appear for a trial in Miami to testify that the guns were found on rebels, so prosecutors in June agreed to let Vega plead guilty to three charges of giving a false address to a firearms dealer, and a federal judge sent him to prison for 37 months.
Posted to Moscow in 1962 during the tense days of the Cuban missile crisis, Matlock translated a 14 page sealed letter from the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presumed to be from the office of Nikita Khrushchev. “Unlike in academia, a C minus translation on time is better than an A plus too late,” said Matlock. In this case, there was no pressure, except, perhaps, that the fate of humanity hung in the balance..
“I try to move students out of their comfort zone into an area where they have to question their own assumptions, usually about the Middle East but also about nationalism and divisions like East and West,” she says. From Princeton, says a professor in graduate school influenced her teaching style by assigning readings from vastly different genres political history, local chronicles, visual evidence and music, for example rather than relying solely on the usual sources. While she doesn’t focus on current issues in the Middle East, the lessons she’s learned in her research are highly relevant to understanding that part of the world today.