Katherine Nathanson of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about BRCA testing.
Penn Daily News Service | Mar 27, 2015
Penn in the News
Five seniors, Jodi Feinberg, Matthew Lisle, Shadrack Frimpong, Adrian Lievano, and Katlyn Grasso, are highlighted as the inaugural winners of the President’s Engagement Prize.
Elaina Lin of the Perelman School of Medicine shares her perspective on fetal surgery and fetal pain research.
President Amy Gutmann, Presidential Bioethics Commission chair, writes about three key areas of ethical concern in neuroscience research and application.
Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education comments on tuition freezing and what that means for students attending historically black colleges and universities.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Drexel University has begun to scale back a series of expansion efforts, a sign that the university’s ambitious plans may not have played out as hoped. The university mostly recently decided to shut down a campus in Sacramento, 3,000 miles from its main campus in Philadelphia. After just a year, Drexel also scaled back a partnership with Philadelphia-area community colleges.
It’s getting hard to keep up with the number of shocking incidents attributed to fraternities. As headlines pile up — racist and sexist speech, sexual impropriety, destruction of property, hazing, illegal drugs, and even the death of a student — there is a growing sense that Greek organizations are out of control. As a result, some colleges have moved to close fraternities, suspend or expel student offenders, and — in cases of alleged criminal activity — open their own investigations.
Shortly after arriving at a big student-affairs conference this week in New Orleans, Rey Junco took a look at the conversation attendees were having on Yik Yak, an anonymous, location-based app. As an associate professor of education and human computer interaction at Iowa State University and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Mr. Junco was probably more familiar with Yik Yak than many attendees at the conference, the annual meeting of Naspa — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Mr. Junco didn’t follow the conversation on Sunday, the conference’s first day, for very long: "I didn’t find it very interesting," he says.
For Virginians in financial need, leaders of the state’s flagship university just approved what amounts to a cut of up to $10,000 in the price of a bachelor’s degree. To engineer this feat, the University of Virginia will raise annual tuition an extra $1,000 for in-state students beginning at Charlottesville this year. For the incoming class the following year, in fall 2016, this extra charge — beyond regular tuition growth — will grow to $2,000.
For years, students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been asking school leaders to change the name of Saunders Hall, named after a former trustee who was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Last month, some stood outside the building with nooses around their necks and signs such as “THIS is what SAUNDERS would do to ME.”
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