News highlights for August 18, 2010

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Blagojevich trial nets 1 conviction

The count on which Blagojevich was found guilty included accusations that he lied to federal agents when he said he did not track campaign contributions and kept a “firewall” between political campaigns and government work. It carries a sentence of up to five years in prison. The jury, after deliberating for 14 days, deadlocked on 23 counts, including racketeering and extortion. Washington University law professor Peter Joy comments. Link to Article

Chronicle of Higher Education
Elite Institutions and Low-Income Students: A Story of Dismal Failure
Critical reaction to Richard Kahlenberg’s blog post about the admirable efforts on the part of Washington University in St. Louis and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to increase graduation rates among low income students who attend these institutions. Link to Article
Project will sequence all human bacteria
Publication Date: 08/17/2010
Following the success of the Human Genome Project, the Human Microbiome Project, funded by the U.S. government, could have equally important implications. The Microbiome project will attempt sequencing the genomes — the genetic content — of the 900 or so species of microbes that scientists have so far been able to culture in the laboratory. “We should no longer think of these organisms in isolation,” professor George Weinstock, geneticist at Washington University School of Medicine says. “They’re more like additional organs of our bodies.” Link to Article
Tango helps fight Parkinson’s Disease
Kersten Adelt’s film To Dance Again: Parkinson’s Meets Tango was inspired by her father’s participation in a Washington University School of Medicine ongoing study to determine if the tango and its movements can help patients with Parkinson’s. The film won the 2010 St. Louis Critics Award for Best Documentary Short Subject at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. “The reaction from people who have seen it has been tremendous,” director Kersten Adelt said. “It’s opened a discussion about Parkinson’s.” Link to Article

St. Louis Public Radio, KWMU
St. Louis on the Air
Program focused on the rise in childhood obesity. Debra Hair-Joshu, PhD, professor, School of Medicine and the Brown School and Faculty Scholar at Washington University’s Institute for Public Health and Cindy Schwarz, MPH,MS,RD,
Research Coordinator, Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research at the Brown School
were guests. Link to audio

JTA / Global News Service of the Jewish People
Hillel students and professionals gear up to face anti-Israel campus activism
Amanda Boris is nervous about what she’ll face when classes resume at the University of Wisconsin later this month. “There’s an uncomfortable amount of anti-Semitism on my campus,” said the incoming senior. Boris told her story to a group of Jewish students who joined some 300 of their peers from Aug. 11 to 15 at Washington University in St. Louis at the Hillel Institute, a summer training session designed to help them prepare for Jewish engagement work on campus. During the training, some 80 Hillel professionals took part in a 24-hour simulation exercise in which they played various roles on a mythical university campus faced with a divestment bill and a boycott of visiting Israeli professors. The techniques used in the simulation are included in an Israel Advocacy Playbook that Hillel distributed at the conference and plans to give every Hillel campus professional. Link to Article

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Nixon ‘lectures’ college chiefs: Tuition freeze looks doomed


Parents of Missouri college students should prepare to feel a pinch in their wallets next year. That was the message delivered from Gov. Jay Nixon to higher education leaders at a summit meeting in the capital city on Tuesday as he and his budget director outlined grim news. Link to Article

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