News highlights for August 19, 2010

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Scientific American

A new form of chlorophyll?

Researchers may have found a new form of chlorophyll, the pigment that plants, algae and cyanobacteria use to obtain energy from light through photosynthesis. Preliminary findings published August 19 in Science suggest that the newly discovered molecule, dubbed chlorophyll f, has a distinct chemical composition when compared with the four known forms of chlorophyll. Washington University in St. Louis photosynthesis expert Robert Blankenship, says the discovery is significant. Link to Article

St. Louis Jewish Light

Local researcher examines normal aging process

Dr. Ellen Binder’s research has been on exercise interventions in frail elderly populations. Now, Binder, along with her Washington University School of Medicine co-investigator, Dr. Mark McDaniel, is studying healthy people – specifically, whether physical and mental exercises can help healthy older adults live better. Link to Article

Riverfront Times

Gateway to the Stars

A special free event tonight, dubbed Gateway to the Stars presented by the National Park Service and the St. Louis Astronomical Society will feature Washington University’s Dr. Edward Guinness. He will discuss “What’s New on Mars?” at the Odyssey Theater under the Arch before the audience adjourns upstairs and outdoors to peer through telescopes set up by SLAS. Link to Article

News in higher education

The Atlantic

What if more education fails to fix the jobs crisis?

What if the largest, fastest growing job sectors of the next decade have more to do with demographic changes than technological advancements? And what if those jobs don’t require more time in higher education?
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The Washington Post

Fighting Obama education plans, colleges boost lobbying

Academia may be a bastion of liberalism, but in the past two years, the higher education industry has often lined up opposite the White House and congressional Democrats — and has spent a lot on lobbyists in the process. Link to Article

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