President Amy Gutmann is quoted about the Pennovation Center design.
Penn Daily News Service | Feb 27, 2015
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President Amy Gutmann, chair of President Obama’s bioethics commission, says “The Ebola epidemic in western Africa overwhelmed fragile health systems, killed thousands of people and highlighted major inadequacies in our ability to respond to global public health emergencies.”
Thomas Parsons of the School of Veterinary Medicine says, “One of the challenges we face is we don’t have an accepted single measure of animal welfare. [There are] many different competing agendas.”
Marybeth Gasman, doctoral student Andrés Castro Samayoa, Alice Ginsberg and Francisco Ramos of the Graduate School of Education write about ways to increase the number of male teachers of color.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
A bipartisan group of 12 U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday that is aimed at curbing sexual violence on campuses in ways that protect both victims and accused students. The changes reflect heightened attention over the past six months to the due-process rights of accused students. The Campus Safety and Accountability Act, sponsored by six Democrats and six Republicans, builds on legislation that was introduced over the summer but never came to a vote. The new version was strengthened with additional input from sexual-assault survivors, students, colleges, law enforcement, and advocacy groups, according to one of its main sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. A companion bill is expected to be introduced soon in the House of Representatives.
Another day, another college ranking. Or so it seems. Last year at least three new rankings emerged from national publications or major companies, joining a long line of magazines that have entered the rankings game since U.S. News & World Report started publishing its list annually, in 1985. With the August 2014 debut of Money magazine’s Best Colleges, the ranks of rankers now include Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, and The Washington Monthly, along with employment-focused companies like LinkedIn, which introduced its University Rankings in October, and PayScale, which will release its sixth annual return-on-investment ranking in March, just before U.S. News publishes the latest edition of its Best Graduate Schools.
When police arrested 4 Wesleyan University students on Tuesday in connection to “a bad batch” of the club drug Molly that sent 10 students and 2 others to hospitals, those charged joined an elite cohort: the small number of Wesleyan students arrested for drug violations. In 2012 and 2013, the last two years of available federal data, 521 Wesleyan students were referred to campus officials for disciplinary action involving drug use on campus. Only four students were arrested.
Keeping an eye on students on Snapchat and other online platforms presents a “moving target” for colleges and universities, administrators say -- shut down one account, and another will appear in its place. To avoid wasting time on combing through the Internet for student code violators, some institutions are instead focusing their efforts on educating the campus about responsible social media use and giving students a say in how their institution should be portrayed online.
Barnes & Noble said on Thursday that it would spin off its college bookstores business into a separate publicly traded company, changing up its breakup plans. Originally, the retailer had planned to part with the education division as part of a spinoff of its Nook business, made up in large part of its struggling e-reader device.
“The Hunting Ground,” a documentary that provides first-hand accounts from numerous women and men about sexual violence on college campuses, opens Friday in selected theaters in New York and California and was previewed this week at the White House. The film, by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, is likely to make waves in higher education because it puts names and faces onto an issue that has seized attention in Washington and at colleges around the country. In it, Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark recount their experiences as students who were raped at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as survivors in an activist movement seeking to force universities to do more to acknowledge a systemic problem, punish perpetrators and prevent future sexual violence.
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