Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences comments on scientists who have reconstructed the oldest known human genome.
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The Law School’s Quattrone Center and its executive director, John Hollway, are cited as a resource for Montgomery County’s district attorney to conduct a review of a prosecution and what changes can be implemented to prevent further mistakes.
Beth Wenger of the School of Arts & Sciences says, “To have a woman lead a seminary and lead a movement is still, even in this age, a marker.”
Daniel Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center comments on a shift in parents’ attitudes towards children’s exposure to violence and sex in movies.
A Museum partnership with the School District of Philadelphia is featured.
David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences and Aaron Wunsch of the School of Design are quoted about the final resting place of immigrants from the Lazaretto quarantine station.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
A group of influential education organizations has stepped in to support a private prep school in its appeal against a former student, saying the case could have far-reaching negative effects on study abroad trips. Cara Munn suffered brain damage after she contracted viral encephalitis in 2007 from a tick bite she received while on a school trip to China with the Hotchkiss School. Last year, a Connecticut jury awarded Munn $41 million in damages, after agreeing with her family’s claims that the school had failed to take appropriate precautions and to get proper medical attention quickly enough.
Back in the mid-2000s, Bruce A. Smith had an enviable commute. His Telegraph Avenue apartment was less than two miles from the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked as an academic adviser to athletes. On his way to work each day, Mr. Smith would drive past the home of a Cal basketball player, who was known as much for his truancy as for his jump shot. There was little that the adviser thought he could do for the young man. If the Golden Bears’ player was not motivated to go to class, Mr. Smith felt, so be it. But a men’s basketball coach saw things differently, Mr. Smith recalls. Wouldn’t the player’s attendance improve, the coach suggested, if Mr. Smith simply agreed to stop by his house each morning and cart him to class?
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