Lillian Aronson of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on a cat receiving kidney transplant surgery.
Penn Daily News Service | May 21, 2013
Penn in the News
Recent graduates Ali Derassouyan and Kirby Dixon, both of the School of Arts and Sciences, are featured for their college experiences at Penn.
Gustavo Aguirre of the School of Veterinary Medicine is interviewed about offering free vision screenings for service dogs.
Robert Ghrist of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Arts and Sciences highlighted for teaching an online course.
Andrea Matwyshyn of the Wharton School shares her thoughts on what causes drivers to be distracted, outside of texting.
Richard Beeman of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses his new book, Our Lives, Our Fortunes, & Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Unlike many of their colleagues in the sciences, philosophy faculty and researchers can go an entire year, or multiple years, without receiving a grant. A six-figure grant that would be unremarkable for a medical researcher could transform a philosopher’s entire career. In recent years, though, a lot more of that life-changing money has flowed into the discipline as the John Templeton Foundation -- and its $2.5 billion endowment -- began making philosophy grants. The foundation is dedicated to exploring, as it puts it, “the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality,” and its earlier grant-making efforts in science had drawn criticism from some scientists. Now they’re raising the same discussions among philosophers.
In an effort to curb Western influence, China's leaders have reportedly banned the discussion of seven subjects in university classrooms, including press freedom, universal values, and the historical mistakes of the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese professors and political analysts said a recent directive from Beijing to universities indicated an awareness among the country's leaders that the government is losing its ideological grip over students and younger faculty members.
It was, the chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan said on Monday, “a case of inviting and paying for foxes in the henhouse.” Three researchers at the New York University School of Medicine who specialized in magnetic resonance imaging technology had been working on research sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
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