Penn Daily News Service | Mar 31, 2015

Penn in the News

Washington Post — March 30, 2015

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences is mentioned for her research on “grit.”

National Public Radio — March 30, 2015

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts & Sciences is interviewed about teacher retention and the costs associated with having a high teacher turnover.

New York Times — March 30, 2015

Tom Baker of the Law School is quoted about a provision of a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide doctors with new protections against medical malpractice lawsuits. — March 30, 2015

Martha Farah of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on research that reveals how the stress of growing up poor can affect a child’s brain development. — March 30, 2015

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education shares her thoughts on how recessions impact the financial standing of historically black colleges and universities.

Noteworthy in Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education — March 31, 2015

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has stoked national controversy and outrage since Gov. Mike Pence signed it into law, on Thursday. Meanwhile, for university leaders in the state, it’s become a public-relations nightmare. The ramifications of the law are unclear. Advocates say it’s meant to protect religious liberty, but many others have expressed concern that the law will become a tool of discrimination — a way to allow businesses to turn away lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender customers.

Inside Higher Ed — March 31, 2015

Some Rutgers University sports fans, including state politicians, say that if the Scarlet Knights want to compete with the big-name programs in their new Big Ten athletic conference, the university has to pony up for improved facilities. But a legislative body on campus last week urged the opposite, recommending that the university postpone spending on any new projects until the athletics department solves a multiyear budget deficit. The University Senate voted overwhelmingly on Friday to back a report that recommends creating a five-year plan to reduce the amount of student fees and university funding that goes to the athletics department.

Washington Post — March 30, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department is suing an Oklahoma university, charging that school officials discriminated against a professor who changed gender during her time working there. Rachel Tudor was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in the English department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2004, after applying as a man with a traditionally male name, according to the lawsuit filed Monday. Then in 2007, Tudor told school officials that he would become a woman during that academic year, took the name Rachel, and began wearing women’s clothes and a traditionally female hairstyle. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced in December that federal prohibitions against sex discrimination include protections based on gender identity.

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