Dena Gromet of the Wharton School co-authors an article about neurolaw.
Penn Daily News Service | Feb 26, 2015
Penn in the News
Sherrill Davison of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the condition of snowy owls recovered from New England in comparison to those found in Philadelphia.
President Amy Gutmann, chair of President Obama’s bioethics commission, discusses the panel’s recommendations on the 21-day quarantines of those exposed to Ebola.
Mark Mills of Purchasing Services, Vice President Marie Witt of Business Services and Caroline Watts of the Graduate School of Education are highlighted for arranging a donation of supplies from Office Depot to the Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia.
Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education says, “There are other teachers that are culturally insensitive and don’t see Latinos as learners.”
Doctoral student Timothy Libert of the Annenberg School for Communication is highlighted for analyzing online searches about health problems.
Kevin Werbach of the Wharton School is quoted about the Federal Communications Commission and net neutrality.
Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli comments on Penn’s new expansion projects.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday that it would limit when its crime alerts include references to a suspect's race. Instead of routinely including such information in crime alerts, it will be used only "when there is sufficient detail that would help identify a specific individual or group." The announcement follows months of campus discussion and a building takeover this month in which ending the use of racial classifications in crime alerts was one of the demands. The students who organized this month's building takeover criticized Wednesday's change as inadequate.
Over the past several decades, Washington University in St. Louis has evolved from a locally oriented institution to one of national prominence. It has built dozens of gleaming new buildings and established academic programs that are now ranked among the country’s best. More than nine in 10 of its students graduate in four years. And, with an endowment of $6.7-billion, it is now one of the wealthiest colleges in the nation. In its rise, however, Washington University earned a less-flattering distinction. It has become, by one measure, the least economically diverse top college in the United States. Just 6 percent of its undergraduates received a Pell Grant last year, federal data show.
First they helped save some chimpanzees and cats. Now they’re coming for the mice and the rats. Researchers with the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in an article published on Wednesday in the Journal of Medical Ethics, said moves by lab scientists away from using large animals is obscuring the growing use of rodents and other small animals.
It didn’t bring higher education to its knees. But an effort to raise awareness about the disparity in conditions for full- and part-time faculty, “National Adjunct Walkout Day,” did make its point Wednesday — more often by word of mouth than by people actually refusing to teach a class. Many colleges rely on part-time, temporary professors to lead classes. Adjuncts account for a majority of faculty members at some campuses, and the protest was an effort to call attention to a culture that leaves many academics unsure of how much they’ll earn from year to year, without benefits or with much lower pay than full-time professors.
The New York State Court of Appeals on Tuesday agreed to hear a case against New York University’s expansion plan, a move that paves the way for critics to try again to block the school’s initiative to expand throughout Greenwich Village. A lower court ruled last year that parts of the school’s plan to grow by some 2 million square feet required legislative approval, but in October the appellate division of the New York Supreme Court reversed that decision.
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