News highlights for August 26, 2010

CisionPoint news monitoring provides this small sampling of the university's daily news coverage. Click headline to read full text via Cision or link directly to the online article where available. For questions or comments about this service, or to add or delete a name from the mailing list, please contact Gerry Everding. 

The New York Times
Can preschoolers be depressed?

Just how early can depression begin? The answer, according to recent research, seems to be earlier than expected. Today a number of child psychiatrists and developmental psychologists say depression can surface in children as young as 2 or 3.The idea is very threatening, says Joan Luby, a professor of child psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine whose research on preschool depression has often met with resistance. In my 20 years of research, its been slowly eroding, Luby says of that resistance. Link to Article See also WBUR / NPR Boston

Yahoo! Finance – News & Opinion
BrainScope (TM) announces findings of traumatic brain injury study in the emergency department

BrainScope Company, Inc. today announced the publication of clinical research findings from a study in patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) following a closed head injury. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Brain Injury, suggests “that clinical presentation alone may not be sufficient to make a prediction regarding the presence of abnormal brain function,’ said Dr. Rosanne S. Naunheim, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis who was the lead author of the study. ‘Having completed this study, there is great promise that this portable technology will be able to predict which patients are abnormal after a closed head injury.” Link to Article

Toledo Blade

Dorms can teach hard lessons about living with other people


As a new school year starts and college students settle into the petri dish of dormitory life, some may be headed for lessons in extreme roommate behavior. “I think the degree of the problems varies, but we expect that all of our roommates will have conflicts,” said Sarah Waters, senior associate director of residence life at Bowling Green State University. Ms. Waters, who lived in the dorms as a student at Washington University in St. Louis in the early ’90s, said that a common myth among college students is that their roommate will become their BFF. Link to Article

KSDK NewsChannel 5 – St. Louis, MO

Washington University passes on Target-sponsored event over political donation


Washington U. has backed out of a shopping event with Target because of the retailer’s controversial donation to an organization supporting a politician who opposes same-sex marriage. ”It’s the right decision for our campus community when we’re welcoming the class of 2014 with all the excitement and enthusiasm possible,” said Jill Carnaghi, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Washington University. “And we really pride ourselves on saying every member of our community matters.” Link to Article / Online Video See also Huffington Host and

Belleville News-Democrat
Soy helps prevent asthma flare-ups

Washington University in St. Louis is taking part in a nationwide trial that will test the effect of soy compounds on asthma symptoms. Soybeans contain powerful antioxidants called isoflavones, which studies have linked to lower risks for heart disease, osteoporosis and some cancers. Research has also shown that they also can slow the production of inflammatory substances in the bloodstream that can trigger asthma episodes.” Many patients aren’t getting good control of their asthma from available medications,” said Dr. Mario Castro, a lung specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the lead local investigator. Read Full Text

St. Louis Globe-Democrat

Wash U professor receives honor


Kenneth M. Ludmerer, MD, has been named the Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor in the History of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Link to Article

St. Louis Magazine
Discovering America (and St. Louis) in London – Look-Listen – August 2010 – St. Louis MO

Henry Schley, professor of drama in the Performing Arts Department at Washington University, was shocked to encounter two rare examples of American drama at its finest at London’s National Theatre this summer. Within a single week in July, he attended productions of Eugene O’Neill’s (1920) and St. Louis’ own: Tennessee Williams'(1937). Schley has visited the South Bank for 20 years while teaching American university students in courses on Shakespeare at the Globe. He suggests that these two early works offer remarkable glimpses into America’s two most important dramatists in their formative periods. Link to Article

News in higher education

Webster University gets $1 million from Anheuser-Busch Foundation


Webster University said Wednesday it has received a $1 million donation from the Anheuser-Busch Foundation for its recently-renamed George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology. It’s part of some $14 million that has been donated recently to schools across Missouri by the foundation. Link to Article

The Associated Press

Colleges see prospective donors among new students

The drill for new college students remains pretty consistent: grab a campus map, buy some overpriced textbooks, save those quarters for laundry and don’t forget to call home. On a growing number of campuses, first-year students are hearing another message. Please give. Not for tuition, but instead as a young donor. Link to Article

Bloomberg News

Harvard Business School drives Yale and MIT’s Edifice Complex
Yale University’s School of Management, which aspires to be among the world’s best business schools, crams its students and faculty into 19th-century homes and former astronomy buildings linked by a rabbit-warren of basements. That’s a far cry from Harvard Business School’s 33- building riverfront campus, which boasts a chapel, health club and its own art collection.

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The National Newspaper (Abu Dhabi)

US can’t afford education its students can’t afford

Fewer American students are completing degrees because of the rising cost of tertiary education, suggests a Bloomberg news story published in The National, a new English newspaper based in Abu Dhabi. The US government has another nasty deficit on its hands to add to its alarming fiscal woes – what some are calling the country’s education deficit. Its ability to produce students with degrees has slumped way below that of many other countries, despite the fact that those graduates are essential to fill skilled jobs, maintain the competitiveness of the US in the global market and drive its long-term economic growth. Link to Article See also Huffington Post: The Average Cost Of College: How Much Is It?

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