News highlights for September 27, 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
Ditch your laptop, dump your boyfriend

Willie X. Lin, student in the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, offers tips for college students. “Chances are, if you are taking the time to read this advice, you already have the quality necessary to undertake the intellectual challenges of a college education — a seriousness of purpose,” he writes. “What I want to speak to is much more mundane, but it will make your transition into college easier: amid the thrill and vertigo of change, be kind to and patient with yourself.” Link to Article

One year ago: Lee N. Robins

The “Afterword” blog of the Los Angeles Times obituary section looks back on the medical contributions of Lee N. Robins, a Washington University sociologist and psychiatrist who helped refine ideas about the roots of abnormal behavior and mental illness. She died one year ago in St. Louis. “Lee Robins is one of the giants of psychiatric epidemiology,” said Kathleen Bucholz, a professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Link to Article

American Chemical Society News Service
ACS Scholars | Bart M. Bartlett
During high school, St. Louisan Bart Bartlett participated in the Young Scientists Program at Washington University School of Medicine. The experience led him to major in chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, where his undergraduate research adviser, William E. Buhro, encouraged him to apply for the American Chemical Society’s Scholars Program. After doctoral studies at MIT, Bartlett is now an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan. Link to Article

CQ Weekly
Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski has decided to run as a write-in candidate after losing in the Republican primary last month to Joe Miller, a Fairbanks lawyer backed by tea party activists. Republican leaders have threatened to punish Murkowksi, but Steven S. Smith, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, said he doubts GOP leaders will follow through on these threats if Murkowski defeats Miller and Democrat Scott Adams on Nov. 2. “Winning tends to heal wounds,” Smith said.

Chronicle of Higher Education

Thinking outside the bottle

More and more colleges are banning or limiting the sale of bottled water, and installing reusable-bottle filling stations. The move often puts colleges at odds with major food corporations and consumers. Washington University in St. Louis, which banned bottled water last year, is cited as one of the institutions where environmentally minded students have led anti-bottled-water campaigns. Link to Article

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

FBI tracked civil rights pioneer

Civil rights pioneer and WUSTL trustee Margaret Bush Wilson broke down racial barriers in St. Louis and led the NAACP for almost a decade, but the FBI once considered her a potentially dangerous subversive. WUSTL Chancellor Mark Wrighton, who met Wilson in 1995, recalls her as a “remarkably conscientious and great person and an advocate for civil rights to be sure.” Link to Article
Recession may be over, but the recovery…
Although many Americans continue to struggle, economics researchers have determined the recession ended in June of last year. “When an economist defines a recession, he’s saying, ‘Are we getting better or are we getting worse?'” says Steven Fazzari, a professor of economics at Washington University. “If you had the flu, this would be the point that you’re not getting any sicker, but you’re not cured.” In other words, we’re recovering but far from recovered. Link to Article
Weidenbaum suggests $136 billion in fed…

If politicians want to get serious about reining in federal spending, Murray Weidenbaum has drawn them a blueprint. The Washington University economist, who experienced budget politics firsthand as an adviser to Ronald Reagan, has taken a line-by-line look at the budget and, in a new paper, he outlines $136.8 billion worth of programs that he thinks the government could do without. Link to Article Related news release

Daily RFT
The straight dope on Missouri tobacco-smokers

About 23 percent of Missouri’s adults still proudly identify as smokers, according to a new report by Washington University’s Center for Tobacco Policy Research (CTPR). That means our state has one of the highest population of smokers in the country. Of all those unrepentant smokers, nearly 50 percent are on Medicaid while another 40 percent are uninsured and 40 percent have a high school education. Link to Article

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

NFL hopes concussion policy helps players

In the violent world of the NFL, getting a concussion is easy. In today’s increasingly cognizant NFL, getting back on the field is not. “It used to be just assumed that concussions were benign, that you could shake it off and get back in there and you’d be fine, with no long-term problems,” said Dr. David Brody of the Washington University department of neurology. “We can’t assume that anymore.” The Washington U. School of Medicine has established one of five centers nationwide that are part of a new neurological care program for retired NFL players. Link to Article Related news release

St. Louis Public Radio

Strange Folk Craft Festival celebrates five years

The Strange Folk Craft Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Clifford Holekamp, a senior lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Olin Business School at Washington University, says that the rise of indie crafting is an example of an economic concept called creative destruction. “I think it is feasible and what has made it more feasible is technology. Technology, interestingly, the way I see it, is almost re-democratizing capitalism,” he says. Link to Article / Podcast

News in higher education

Washington Post

Colleges’ newest dorm dwellers: professors

Renewing an old tradition, universities are having professors live in dorms. George Washington University is one of dozens of colleges across the country that place professors (and sometimes their families) in residence halls. It’s a practice borrowed from the early days of academia that has grown in popularity in recent years, especially at large urban universities. In exchange for living rent-free, the professors help bring a personal, small-campus feel to the schools. Link to Article

The Associated Press

Shooting witness: NJ house party near Seton Hall turned to ‘hell,’ gunman had no targets

A Seton Hall University student who attended an off-campus house party at which five people were shot said that as she lay on the floor the gunman stood on her back and didn’t appear to be targeting anyone during the chaos, which she described as “hell.” She characterized the Friday night gathering, which lasted into early Saturday, as a “typical fraternity party” with at least 100 people at the privately owned row house. Link to Article

USA Today

Bike-sharing programs spin across U.S. campuses

Nearly 90 American universities, from New York University to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, offer some form of campus bike program, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Programs have launched or will launch this year at a wide range of schools, including Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. “The demand is coming from students,” says Jeremy Friedman, manager of sustainability initiatives at New York University. Link to Article

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