Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine explains the stages and the body changes that take place during sleep.
Penn Daily News Service | Mar 10, 2014
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Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences comments on how higher pay alone will not solve educational challenges.
Terri Lipman of the School of Nursing discusses the research of diagnoses of Type 1 diabetes in Philadelphia children.
Philip Tetlock of the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about what you can learn from a bull market.
Regina Turner of the School of Veterinary Medicine shares her thoughts about the livestreaming of a horse birth via the Foal Cam.
Vice President Anne Papageorge of Facilities and Real Estate Services talks about the newly announced Pennovation Center.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
You study homelessness, or female sexuality, and are considered a leader in your field. You aren't tenure-track but you've been a star teacher at your institution -- one of the nation's wealthiest -- for many years. Should you lose your job for failing to raise 80 percent of your salary in outside grants? Faculty and graduate students at Columbia University are protesting the university's decision not to renew contracts of two noted, non-tenure-track professors of sociomedical sciences for missing their funding obligations. Supporters of Carole Vance and Kim Hopper also say the two medical anthropologists are part of a larger group of non-tenure-track public health faculty who are losing their appointments as Columbia enforces a funding policy that’s unrealistic and detrimental to students.
Many colleges have been slow to develop policies governing professors’ online speech. But institutions’ hesitancy to adopt new rules for new forms of communication might be wise, a number of faculty leaders and legal experts say. Among the more than 70 four-year colleges whose faculty leaders recently provided details about their policies to The Chronicle, nearly half said their institutions had no policies specifically regulating online speech. Relatively few had rules governing faculty members’ work-related websites or speech on popular social-media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
I recently returned from the Middle East, where I visited Beirut, Lebanon, and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, to attend higher education meetings. There I met with experts and discussed our previously announced rankings of colleges and universities in the Middle East and North Africa, a project that started with the release of the Arab Region University Directory last year. First, I went to the American University of Beirut, which held a forum for U.S. News attended by colleges and universities from Lebanon. The director of the university's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, Karma El Hassan, organized the event. Next, I went to the Middle East and North Africa Association for Institutional Research 2014 Annual Forum, held at United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.
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