The Daily brief: June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011, 7:52 p.m.

Watchdog Doctor | Orthopedic surgery professor Eugene Carragee is leading a reexamination of a spinal fusion protein produced by Medtronics. The project is looking into why several serious side effects of Infusion, the treatment under review, were downplayed.

UC Exodus | In light of increasing budget cuts to higher education from the state of California, many University of California campuses are losing star professors to private universities, where money is less tight. Stanford is one of the biggest destinations for these fleeing professors.

Remembering Randell | Art professor Richard Randell died late May in his home in Sonoma County, at the age of 81. Randell, who succumbed to lung cancer, was a popular teacher and a nationally known artist and sculptor. “He was always young, until the day he died,” a friend said in his obituary.

Meier dies | Economics professor Gerald M. Meier died June 21 at his home on Stanford Campus, from complications from a brain tumor. Meier was an expert in the economics of developing nations and served as a consultant to the World Bank. A memorial service for Meier is pending.

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