The number of federal investigations into how colleges handle sexual violence reports has jumped 50 percent in the past six months, reflecting a surge of recent discrimination claims and the difficulty of resolving high-profile cases that often drag on for years. On May 1, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights released the first public list of colleges and universities under scrutiny for possible violations of federal law in their responses to sexual violence allegations.
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David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences talks about his rotten coffee event and yellow fever.
Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education offers advice to colleges and universities about how to support student achievement.
Adam Grant of the Wharton School is cited.
Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School comments on the Ebola outbreak and its similarities to how SARS was handled.
Stephen Burbank of the Law School is quoted about Facebook’s lawsuit strategy.
Janet Weiner of the Perelman School of Medicine and David Grande of PSOM and the Wharton School write about the Affordable Care Act.
Tough new restrictions on travel to Ebola-ravaged countries, including a flurry of bans announced in the past several days, by the State University of New York and other groups, have some infectious-disease experts, on campuses and off, worried. The outbreak of the Ebola virus, which started in West Africa but has raised fears of spreading far beyond it, is the kind of global crisis they’ve spent careers tackling, and if they’re willing to climb into the trenches to fight it, they feel they should be allowed to do so. But while their employers—universities and other medical-research institutions—embrace the humanitarian mission these public-health and medical experts are advocating, they face increasing pressure to demonstrate that their campuses are safe, even if the risk that someone will return with Ebola is remote.
Research Triangle Park, the king of university-affiliated business development, is 11 square miles of North Carolina pine forest laced with blue-chip tenants that include IBM, Monsanto, Cisco Systems, and Dupont. Its companies have landed more than 3,200 patents and registered more than 1,900 trademarks, with popular discoveries that include artificial turf, the product bar code, and the cancer drug Taxol. Over 55 years, Research Triangle Park, referred to here as RTP, has become an undisputed economic success, spawning imitators and challengers all over the country. Yet from his gleaming glass-and-brick headquarters in the middle of it all, the park’s director, Robert T. Geolas, is troubled by an increasingly glaring absence: He can’t just walk outside to get a cup of coffee.
The Museum is featured for a new partnership with Philadelphia schools.
A testimonial from a patient who received CART therapy from researchers of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured.
Mark Liberman of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses word aversion.
President Amy Gutmann participates in Bloomberg’s “Best Books of 2014” list selection.
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Thursday that it was taking legal action against two companies offering to help students take advantage of federal loan benefits that officials said amounted to a “scam.” The bureau said the companies engaged in predatory practices by overpromising the help they could provide borrowers and illegally charging borrowers upfront fees to help them apply for federal loan benefits that are free. The bureau sought a court order to shut down College Education Services, which ran CollegeDefaultedStudentLoan.com and HelpStudentLoanDefault.com. Officials accused the company; its owner, Marcia Elena Vargas; and an adviser and employee, Frank Liz, of charging illegal advance fees, falsely promising lower payments, and falsely promising that it could quickly stop court-ordered wage garnishment.
Steven Berkowitz of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about helping to develop a national policy curriculum funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dennis Deturck and Bruce Lenthall of the School of Arts & Sciences write about a new classroom experience called Structured Active In-class Learning, SAIL, and changing STEM education.
Philippe Bourgois of the School of Arts & Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine says, “When the legal, entry-level economy isn’t providing a wage that allows someone a convincing and realistic option to become an adult – to go out and get married and form a household – it demoralized them and shunts them into illegal economies.”
Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts & Sciences questions whether it is possible to be sensitive to sexual assault victims while still being a discerning journalist.
Mathias Basner of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about studying an association between earlier starting times for work or school and less sleeping time.
Barbara Kahn of the Wharton School says “Burberry’s a very good model for Ugg.”