Penn Daily News Service | Aug 27, 2015

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New Yorker — August 31, 2015


Frances Jensen of the Perelman School of Medicine is highlighted for researching the teenage brain and co-authoring The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.

Philadelphia Tribune — August 26, 2015


Howard Stevenson of the Graduate School of Education, John Jemmott of the Perelman School of Medicine and Annenberg School for Communication and Loretta Sweet Jemmott of the School of Nursing are mentioned for working with the Barbershop Project to help combat youth illiteracy.

Bloomberg Business — August 25, 2015


Susan Wachter of the Wharton School talks about the strength of the U.S. housing market and its role in the nation’s economic recovery. — August 24, 2015


Jacqueline Hudak of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “I think it’s wonderful that we are getting more data points showing that there are physical changes that can happen in people as a result of fighting with their partners or family members.”

Noteworthy in Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed — August 27, 2015


In the fall of 2013, Texas A&M University announced its plan to build a branch campus -- a “peace campus” -- in the predominantly Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel. Then Texas Governor (and current Republican presidential contender) Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp led the Aggie delegation to Israel, where they announced their intention to build a comprehensive campus in Nazareth during a signing ceremony in the residence of Israel's then president, Shimon Peres. “This is a proud accomplishment that has been years in the making,” Sharp said at the time in a statement. “We are absolutely dedicated to making this one of the finest international universities in the world and open to all.”

Chronicle of Higher Education — August 27, 2015


At the University of Missouri at Columbia, long simmering concerns over poor working conditions for graduate students have boiled over. On Wednesday, several hundred graduate students, faculty members, and other protesters marched on the campus to push the administration to raise stipend levels, offer better housing and child-care options, and make other improvements. Rallying under the iconic columns at the university’s Traditions Plaza, the crowd chanted "M-I-Z, shame on you," with many wearing red T-shirts with slogans that supported the graduate students’ cause. The uproar began earlier this month after university officials told students that because of changes in federal policy they would no longer receive health-insurance subsidies, a message sent out only hours before the benefits were set to expire.

Chronicle of Higher Education — August 27, 2015


When John L. Harvey learned in May about an endowed chair in history at Brown University honoring Hans Rothfels, he was puzzled. Mr. Rothfels, a German historian who died in 1976, was an early supporter of Hitler, Mr. Harvey says. Mr. Rothfels eventually fled Nazi Germany because of his Jewish heritage, but he is criticized for remaining an apologist for the German right wing after World War II. Mr. Harvey, a history professor at St. Cloud State University, says a controversial scholar like Mr. Rothfels shouldn’t be honored with an endowed chair at a prestigious university and has questioned Brown officials about how they decided to establish the position.

New York Times — August 26, 2015


As colleges struggle to control the public-relations damage caused by athletes’ criminal behavior, prominent conferences have begun measures to keep players with troubling pasts out of their teams’ nationally televised colors. The Big 12 this week became the second major conference to move to bar incoming transfers who had been disciplined for “serious misconduct” at their previous universities. The rule, unanimously recommended by Big 12 athletic directors, is modeled on one adopted in May by the Southeastern Conference, and it reflects a rising awareness of the issue of sexual violence by athletes on campus.

Los Angeles Times — August 26, 2015


Like all new USC freshmen, Emily Rainbolt was required to take an online alcohol education course to learn about the potential dangers of drinking. She knows that students who violate campus policies on alcohol could be suspended or even expelled from school. So when Steve Sarkisian, USC's head football coach, used foul language and insulted opposing teams while apparently intoxicated at the annual "Salute to Troy" pep rally last weekend, Rainbolt thought the university should have taken strong action. Instead, she wondered if she was seeing a double standard. Although Sarkisian apologized, announced plans to seek treatment and was dressed down by Athletic Director Pat Haden, the university has not announced any further disciplinary measures.

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