News highlights for October 18, 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.

Daily Mail (UK)

Are middle class parents driving their children to depression?

Dr Joan Luby from Washington University in St Louis runs a research programme into early emotional development and has been studying pre-school depression for 20 years. She believes that as many as two percent of toddlers could suffer from undiagnosed depression. “Our study shows that children who haven’t experienced trauma, neglect or adversity can also suffer from depression — just like in the adult world,” she says. “I have found in children as young as three the same depressive disorders that are seen in adults.” Link to Article

AOL News
Law schools scamming students?
The legal job market, decimated by the recession, isn’t the golden ticket it used to be – and some legal scholars believe the calamity may be permanent. Law schools are releasing an army of young professionals who will start off with $150,000-plus in non-dischargeable debt and not be able to find work as attorneys and repay their loans. “Many graduates can’t get jobs,” Brian Tamanaha, professor at Washington University Law School, told The National Jurist. Link to Article
American Heart Association revises CPR guidelines
It’s official: Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation died today. The American Heart Association (AHA) today issued new guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, making rapid chest compressions the mainstay of basic life support for bystanders trying to revive people whose hearts have stopped. All told, the switch could save up to 3,000 additional lives a year, says lead author Peter Nagele of Washington University in St. Louis. Link to Article

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Funky cob house is first to meet extreme-green standard
A funky, multi-generational home in British Columbia made with curved, two-foot thick cobwalls – a mixture of water, clay, sand and straw – is the first home and one of only three buildings ever certified as part of the Living Building Challenge. The Seattle-based non-profit institute, which runs the program, also gave full certification to The Omega Center for Sustainable Living, a yoga studio in Rhinebeck, NY, and Washington University’s Tyson Living Learning Center in Eureka, Mo. Link to Article See also Earth Techling, Riverfront Times

MSN Health & Fitness
10 biggest walking pains solved

Is your favorite exercise causing foot or leg pain? Here, the most common walking injuries and tips on how to recover. Regular calf stretches may help prevent Achilles tendinitis, says Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, a professor of physical therapy at Washington University School of Medicine. In severe cases, limit or stop walking and place cold packs on the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes, up to three or four times a day, to reduce inflammation and pain. Link to Article

Senators ‘hold’ up business

Under Senate rules, any senator can block any of the president’s nominations for any reason at all. Steven Smith, who is the Director of Weidenbam Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis, said that while he agrees with the idea of a hold, he also believes that objecting to discussion of bills on the floor should be “tamed.” 
Smith argued that the number of holds today is slowing down Senate business.” The major worry is that you are going to be wasting a lot of time needlessly,” he said. Link to Article

Sanofi will attend Harvard in hunt for new blockbusters
The Big Pharma company Sanofi-Aventis announced a research pact this morning with Harvard University with a special focus on biomedical R&D projects involving cancer, diabetes and inflammation. Sanolfi has been trumpeting its intention to partner up with academics and biotech companies rather than rely entirely on its own in-house research. The deal follows a pact that Pfizer hammered out with Washington University, in which university researchers agreed to explore new uses for about 500 molecules. Link to Article

Good Morning Utah (4/4)

A new study out of Washington University found tests work to help students retain information longer. In fact, researchers say those who take practice tests before the actual graded part did even better. The study, published in the journal Science, suggests that students who quiz themselves more often recall information more easily, says study author Mary Pyc, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Link to Broadcast See also Fox News

Wash U professor helps in restoring missing Michelangelo

Washington University art professor William Wallace has seen that painting described as a lost Michelangelo. An internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo, Wallace was called to Rome when the Vatican restored the Sistine Chapel to make sure the cleaning was done properly. Link to Article / Online Video

South County Times

Five tons of care

People who change the world one day at a time rarely admit that they do. They just roll up their sleeves, attend to details and get down to business. “I couldn’t do this by myself,” said Jill Edwards, an Affton resident and project manager for Washington University accreditation programs. Since March 2004, Edwards has organized at the university a group that sends care packages five or six times a year to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Wherever there’s a need that we hear about,” Edwards said. Link to Article

News in higher education

Boston Globe

US manufacturing sputtering, MIT rolls up its sleeves

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has unraveled the mysteries of artificial intelligence, recombinant DNA and molecular level engineering, is now focusing its brainpower on one of the nation’s most vexing challenges: manufacturing. Link to Article

The Associated Press

More intellectually disabled youths go to college

Zach Neff, a 27-year-old with Down syndrome, is attending college through a new program at the University of Central Missouri that serves students with disabilities. The hope is that the college experience will help students like Neff be more independent and get better jobs. In years past, college life was largely off-limits for students with such disabilities, but that’s no longer the case. Students with Down syndrome, autism and other conditions that can result in intellectual disabilities are leaving high school more academically prepared than ever and ready for the next step: college. Link to Article

The New York Times

Do colleges need French departments?

The State University of New York at Albany is getting rid of degree programs in French, Italian, classics, Russian and theater because of budget woes. SUNY Albany is not alone. Many large universities are cutting humanities programs while promoting majors like information technology as career preparation for jobs. A panel of eight essayists offers views on whether these humanities programs should be saved at public universities often hard pressed to meet the needs of all sorts of students? Link to Article

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