Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

A Ph.D Thesis Defense Delayed By Injustice 77 Years 121

Posted by samzenpus
from the better-late-than-never dept.
Taco Cowboy writes: A story about a 102-year old lady doing her PhD thesis defense is not that common, but when the thesis defense was delayed by a whopping 77 years, that gotta raise some eyebrows. Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport studied diphtheria at the University of Hamburg in Germany and in 1938, the 25-year old Protestant-raised, German-born Ingeborg submitted for her doctorate thesis defense. She was denied her chance for her defense because her mother was of the Jewish ancestry, making her an official "cross-breed". As such the Nazi regime forbid the university from proceeding with her defense, for "racial reasons".

She became one of the thousands of scholars and researchers banished from German academe, which at the time included many of the world's most prestigious research institutions, because of Jewish ancestry or opposition to Nazi policies. Many of them ended up suffering or dying in concentration camps. Rudolf Degkwitz, Syllm's professor, was imprisoned for objecting to euthanizing children. Syllm, however, was able to reach the United States and earned her medical degree from the old Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Eventually she married a fellow physician named Samuel Mitja Rapoport, had a family, and moved back to Germany in the 1950s, where she achieved prominence in neonatology. Syllm-Rapoport, who is now 102 years old, might have remained just a doctor (if a very accomplished one) had not the present dean of the Hamburg medical school, Uwe Koch-Gromus, heard her story from a colleague of her son, Tom Rapoport, a Harvard cell biologist.

Determined to do what he could to mitigate this wrong, Koch-Gromus arranged Syllm-Rapoport's long-delayed defense. Despite failing eyesight, she brushed up on decades of developments in diphtheria research with the help of friends and the Internet. Koch-Gromus called the 45-minute oral exam given by him and two colleagues on 13 May in her Berlin living room "a very good test. Frau Rapoport has gathered notable knowledge about what's happened since then. Particularly given her age, she was brilliant."

Comment: Retention Period (Score 1) 159

by chill (#49753879) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

Part of the problem is this:

Q. How long are the videos kept?

A: Current policy is to indefinitely keep video recordings dealing with crimes. The Seattle Police Department is working with Department of Justice monitor Merrick Bobb to finalize policies for the body-worn cameras.

Are they deleting videos that DON'T deal with crimes after a set period? And why in God's name are they kept indefinitely? Anything the DA doesn't elect to prosecute should be deleted fairly quickly. Anything that hints at police misconduct or a criminal charge against an office is kept for the duration of the State Statute of Limitations.

Comment: Re: It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 384

by chill (#49740119) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

While an interesting solution, it only addresses the network part of the problem.

I think he might be limited by the software doing the updating. If he can't run multiple copies then how will the software understand responses from the pumps? Send one command get 8 responses? That probably won't work.

The whole multiple VMs may be his only hope depending on the client software.

Comment: Re:Not really about lie detectors per se (Score 1) 246

You're about to be refuted by someone who not only despises William Jefferson Clinton but was also paying close attention during the the time of impeachment.

The other thing is that it was not a Material Matter and it was not a criminal case. Having sex or not with Monica Lewinsky had beans to do with whether he forced himself on Jennifer Flowers (her own sister said she was trying to climb that pole for months).

Bill Clinton was deposed in a suit about his having allegedly sexually harassed Paula Jones, not Ginnifer Flowers.

Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act into law, a law that was principally written by Joe Biden(which is a part of why he was chosen to be Obama's VP over Hillary Clinton) that permitted the exploration of a defendant's sexual history during a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Wonderful irony right?

It's certainly materiel if he had engaged in a pattern of seeking oral sex from subordinates when he was accused of requesting oral sex from a subordinate.

He was impeached, but he did not perjure himself.

If that's the case, why did he work out a plea deal to only be denied his license to practice law for 10 years?

He committed perjury. His supporters in the Senate and the broadcast media did their best to make it about his infidelity.

During a civil lawsuit, one had three choices. 1. Tell the truth. 2. Lie. 3. Refuse to answer.
Bill Clinton chose the one of those three options that was illegal. He was rightfully impeached and he was acquitted for political concerns, not for legal ones.


Comment: Smart Cards (Score 1) 258

by chill (#49689895) Attached to: Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's a Hard Problem

Wait until all the State Driver's Licenses become smart cards and use those to verify identity. Similar to the PIV/HSPD-12 cards the U.S. government uses for employees. Require PINs just like with ATM cards.

With the card being an actual computer that can store secure digital certificates, and the same trust model the entire country uses now -- your government-issued Driver's License (and/or Passport) is accepted by pretty much EVERYONE as proof of identity -- this is doable.

Comment: Re:Masculinity or Stupidity? (Score 1) 950

Women who are just dying to latch onto someone and get that monthly payment going. I am not much too look at externally, so when a 34 year old chic wants me to date her someone is wrong.

I'm a few years younger and I have found that now that I have a good career, good income and secure finances, I get a lot more attention from the female of our species.

I'm not married but I am in a relationship with the mother of my children. She was with me when I was working my way through college and living in my grandfather's spare bedroom so I know that she's here for me and not what I have.

I'd be extremely cautious about who I'd date if I were on the scene again.


Comment: Decisions have consequences. (Score 1) 950

There are certain feminizing elements in our society who are trying to pathologize maleness.

Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with psychological issues and medicated for doing the kinds of things that little boys just do.

We have things like California's "yes means yes" law that criminalizes what's considered normal sexuality in the rest of the country.

Some guys are just checking out "Fuck this! I'll be over here with my video games and these porn chicks who won't make me just through a bunch of stupid hoops". They never planned to have children anyway so what's the point?


Comment: Re:Alternate positions (Score 1) 6

by chill (#49659259) Attached to: Magnetic Cell Phone Docks

I learned the roads of my home town the same basic way -- on foot and on bike. The problem is, I haven't lived there in years and I do a lot of driving. GPS and navigation is very handy when travelling outside of your home area.

I routinely just wardrive my current "home" town just to get all the streets and alleys imprinted in my brain.

interlard - vt., to intersperse; diversify -- Webster's New World Dictionary Of The American Language