Jonah Berger of the Wharton School comments on the SXSW Interactive.
Penn Daily News Service | Mar 6, 2014
Penn in the News
Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “If you’re not sleeping well, you’re not living well.”
Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine led a study that shows how personalized gene therapy locks out HIV.
Mitch Fraas of University Libraries is featured for researching long-ago plans to use cats as carriers of firebombs during warfare.
Andrew Dahlgren of the School of Design and Katherina Rosqueta of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy are listed as TEDxPhiladelphia speakers.
A 2013 paper authored by William Bratton and Michael Wachter of the Law School is cited.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
The College Board on Wednesday announced major changes to the SAT, including a substantial revision to the writing test that was added in 2005 in the last major overhaul of the admissions test. A number of the changes appear designed to respond to the growing chorus of criticism of the SAT. And the announcement is in some ways surprising for the extent to which it admits that some past changes didn't work. For example, the College Board news release on the changes notes that the writing test added in 2005 "has not contributed significantly to the overall predictive power of the exam."
Academic reputation and graduates’ job prospects are still the top reasons students choose which college to attend. But cost and financial aid are increasingly influencing enrollment decisions, according to the annual Freshman Survey, released on Thursday by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, part of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. The largest share of students on record were not at their first-choice college in 2013, having enrolled elsewhere for financial reasons, survey responses showed. Just 57 percent of freshmen at four-year institutions enrolled at their first choice, although 76 percent of students had been admitted there. By comparison, 69 percent of freshmen in 2003 and 72 percent in 1993 were at their first-choice institutions.
Northwestern University has been accused by a U.S. senator of withholding key documents from a long-running inquiry into allegations that its chief of cardiac surgery experimented on unsuspecting patients. The researcher in the case, Patrick M. McCarthy, a professor of cardiothoracic surgery, also appears to have "made contradictory statements" in explaining his own actions, Sen. Charles E. Grassley said in a letter on Tuesday to Morton O. Schapiro, Northwestern’s president, and Richard J. Gannotta, the new president of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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