Stephen Burbank of the Law School is quoted about Facebook’s lawsuit strategy.
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Janet Weiner of the Perelman School of Medicine and David Grande of PSOM and the Wharton School write about the Affordable Care Act.
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.
Adam Grant of the Wharton School is cited.
Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education offers advice to colleges and universities about how to support student achievement.
David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences talks about his rotten coffee event and yellow fever.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
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.
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.
When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Other cities are increasing their share of these valuable residents at an even higher rate and have reached a high overall percentage, led by Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., according to a report published Monday by City Observatory, a new think tank. And as young people continue to spurn the suburbs for urban living, more of them are moving to the very heart of cities — even in economically troubled places like Buffalo and Cleveland. The number of college-educated people age 25 to 34 living within three miles of city centers has surged, up 37 percent since 2000, even as the total population of these neighborhoods has slightly shrunk.
It’s been more than two years since former FBI director Louis Freeh issued his blistering report that accused Pennsylvania State University leaders of conspiring to cover up child sex abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Penn State’s board of trustees has scheduled a special meeting for next week to look at that report anew and if some board members have their way, vote on whether the report should be accepted or rejected. The board meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Ball Room C of the Nittany Lion Inn for the purpose of discussing the report, said alumni-elected board member Al Lord. The meeting was scheduled at the request of Lord, who came on the board in July. Board members will meet in private before the public session, which will be streamed live on the university's website.
Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a Web site overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students. The site, edX, was created by the Masschusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 as a nonprofit platform for those universities and selected others to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, to the world. AP Biology from Rice is the first MOOC on the site advertised as an AP course for high school students. It is divided into four content segments — the Cell; Genetics; Evolution and Diversity; and Ecology — followed by an exam in April.
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