UCTV Available on Google Video Service

University of California Television (UCTV) has announced that more than 1,000 hours of UCTV programming is now available to be downloaded and viewed for free on the Google Video service.

UCTV brings to Google Video its largest collection of educational video content, with UCTV programs from the 10-campus University of California system in subjects such as public affairs, science, health and medicine, humanities and the arts.

Google Video, available at video.google.com, is the world's first open online video marketplace, where users can search for, watch and even buy an ever-growing collection of TV shows, movies, music videos, documentaries, personal productions, and more.

UCTV is a 24-hour satellite channel that broadcasts educational and enrichment programming from the University of California's 10 campuses, three national laboratories that UC manages for the federal government and affiliated institutions of the university. It is available to more than 16 million households nationwide via Direct Broadcast Satellite, online at www.uctv.tv and cable TV (visit www.uctv.tv/cable for details).

Regent Parsky Testifies on Compensation Issues

UC Regent Chair Gerald L. Parsky testified February during an informational hearing on UC compensation practices before the Senate Education Committee. Regent Judith Hopkinson, chair of the Regents' new Special Committee on Compensation, Speaker Emeritus Robert Hertzberg and Regent Joanne Kozberg, co-chairs of the Task Force on UC Compensation, Accountability and Transparency also testified.

UC President Robert C. Dynes also testified, as he did during the committee's first hearing on the issue Feb. 8.

Regent Parsky focused on the role of the Regents, why UC compensation practices went awry and what is being done to ensure there is compliance with Regents' policy, including transparency to the public. The testimony of Regents Parsky and Hopkinson, and President Dynes are available online at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/compensation/hearings.html.

An audio clip of the proceedings is also available at www.ucop.edu/ucophome/busfin/legislative/ExecComp2.asf.

UC, Monsanto Reach $100 Million Settlement in Growth Hormone Patent Case

The University of California has reached a settlement with Monsanto Co. to resolve claims that the company infringed on UC's patent for the recombinant DNA used to make somatotropin, a dairy cow growth hormone.

Bovine somatotropin is used to enhance milk production and serves as an important tool to help dairy producers improve the efficiency of their operations.

Under the settlement, Monsanto will pay UC an up-front royalty of $100 million in partial consideration for an exclusive license to the university's patent rights to the recombinant DNA to make the bovine growth hormone (bGH) protein also known as somatotropin – sold under the Monsanto brand name POSILAC® bovine somatotropin, – as well as a covenant not to sue in related patent rights.

The settlement also includes an ongoing royalty of 15 cents per dose of POSILAC® to a dairy cow with a minimum annual royalty of $5 million for the life of the last to expire of the university's exclusively licensed patents.

The isolated DNA was a discovery by UC San Francisco scientists Walter L. Miller, Joseph A. Martial and John D. Baxter.

Monsanto's license is subject to certain rights maintained by the U.S. government because the university's work was performed with federal funding. The university also retains certain non-commercial rights to practice the invention for research and educational purposes.

The university's patent will expire in 2021; however, a new patent claiming the protein made as a product of the recombinant DNA would run until 2023. The settlement includes licensing fees and royalties to the 2023 expiration of UC's patent rights.

The settlement resolves claims filed against the agricultural products company in a February 2004 lawsuit.

UC Regents to Meet at UCLA, March 15, 16

The University of California Board of Regents will meet on Wednesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 16 at Covel Commons on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.

The March 15 meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with public comment, followed by a discussion of the status of contract competition and other matters at the UC-managed department of energy laboratories. The regents will later meet in closed session to consider action on the appointment of an interim director for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Discussion items will also include presentations on expanding educational opportunities for UC undergraduates, travel advisory policies for UC Education Abroad Programs and management efficiencies.

During the afternoon, regents will meet in closed session to consider action on the compensation structure for the university's president and chancellors, job slotting for board officers and designated positions at UC medical centers and the Berkeley and Livermore national laboratories, and compensation for senior management.

The regents' finance committee will also meet in closed session to discuss real estate, legal and personnel matters. The educational policy committee will convene in closed session to receive information about private support and endowed chairs.

The March 16 meeting will begin at 9 a.m. with public comment, followed by an open session of the regents' special committee on compensation. Compensation-related items up for discussion include updates on UC's 10-year audit and the state audit, a status report on the regents' task force, annual reports on corporate board service by UC executives and a summary of UC compensation policies.

Also in open session, the regents will also consider action on a compensation structure for the president and chancellors, and job slotting approvals for certain designated positions, neither of which includes action on any salary increases. Other items to be considered for action include adoption of a policy related to negotiated separations, the annual performance review of board officers and future reinstatement of employee contributions to the UC Retirement Plan.

In the afternoon, as continued business from its Jan. 19 meeting, regents will consider action on possible divestment from companies with business ties to the Sudan government and acts of genocide.