Dennis Discher of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is cited for stem cell lineage specification research.
Penn Daily News Service | Dec 18, 2014
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Peter Gearhart of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about repeated exposure to ultrasounds.
Jill Fisch of the Law School comments on vesting schedules.
Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts & Sciences talks about teacher recruitment campaigns and minority teacher retention.
Toen Castle and Randall Kamien of the School of Arts & Sciences are featured for their kirigami research.
President Amy Gutmann is noted for her conversation with writer Walter Isaacson at the 2014 Silfen Forum.
Flaura Winston of the Perelman School of Medicine writes about parents encouraging their female children to study STEM topics.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
The fiscal health of Cheyney University, the nation's first historically black university, has deteriorated for five years and could worsen without immediate state intervention, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said yesterday. An audit released by DePasquale shows that the university has a $12.3 million deficit as a result of bad debt, declining enrollment and decreasing revenue from state aid, tuition and fees. The school projects an additional $5.5 million deficit this fiscal year.
The report crackled over Lt. Russell Moody Jr.'s handheld police radio: Armed males had just committed a home-invasion robbery mere blocks from Temple University's main campus. Moody rushed in an unmarked police SUV to the crime scene: a house near 17th and Diamond Streets where, it turned out, five female Temple students lived. One of the university's worst fears - students being the victims of violent crimes - yielded on a recent weekend to a story of personal betrayal.
When the University of Oregon Ducks and the Florida State University Seminoles meet on New Year’s Day for the first college-football playoff game ever, the two teams will have more in common than just dominance on the gridiron and a place in sporting history. They’ll also have an academic link: On each team about one-third of the players are majoring in social sciences, a multidisciplinary liberal-arts major. At both institutions only about 3 percent of all students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in general social sciences. That means that Ducks and Seminoles football players are roughly 10 times as likely as their peers to be pursuing this general-studies major. Coincidence? Unlikely.
The bottom of the law school market just keeps on dropping. Enrollment numbers of first-year law students have sunk to levels not seen since 1973, when there were 53 fewer law schools in the United States, according to the figures just released by the American Bar Association. The 37,924 full- and part-time students who started classes in 2014 represent a 30 percent decline from just four years ago, when enrollment peaked at 52,488.
University of Virginia administrators said Wednesday that the findings of an outside review of sexual assaults on campus will be made public when the investigation is completed. A statement issued Wednesday by board of visitors rector Keith Martin said that the Washington law firm of O’Melveny & Myers will serve as an independent counsel to review the university’s sexual assault policies and procedures. Martin said that when the investigation is completed, the findings of the independent counsel will be publicly available.
Universities are stepping up efforts to create “spinouts,” or business startups born from some of the cutting-edge research of their students or faculty. Some schools are creating funds that help cover startup costs. Others are pairing scientists with entrepreneurs, launching incubators, or programs to foster business development, and even including entrepreneurial activity in their reviews of faculty.
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