News highlights for October 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.

National Geographic News

Oldest modern human outside of Africa found

A human jawbone fossil discovered in southern China is upsetting conventional notions of when our ancestors migrated out of Africa. The mandible sports a distinctly modern feature: a prominent chin. But the bone is undeniably 60,000 years older than the next oldest Homo sapiens’ remains in China. In fact, at about a 100,000 years old, the Chinese fossil is “the oldest modern human outside of Africa,” said study co-author Erik Trinkaus, an anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis. Link to Article See also, Discovery News Related news release

Bloomberg News / Business Week (Facebook)

New career strategies at Olin lead to job offers

How do you get a job? Practice, practice, practice. That’s the mantra at Olin Business School where undergrad and MBA students start polishing their interviewing skills and first impressions long before recruiters come to campus. Link to Article

Financial Times

Bridging the gap: new uses for management skills

Launched in 1988, the Kellogg-Hong Kong University of Science and Technology executive MBA programme, set up by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the HKUST’s Business School, was the first of its kind in Asia. The Kellogg-HKUST tie-up is no longer unique. Tsinghua and Instead now run joint EMBA programmes, as do Fudan and Washington University. Link to Article
Danforth Center seeks civility with faith, politics

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, launched last year with a $30 million gift from the Danforth Foundation, will officially open its doors today with an inaugural speech at the university’s Graham Chapel by journalist and historian Jon Meacham. “My hope is that this is a place that both illuminates the relationship between religion and politics, and also encourages respectful but vigorous debate,” says former Republican Sen. John C. Danforth. His vision is for a “high quality” academic center whose scholars can respond quickly when topics of religion and faith enter the political news cycle. Link to Article

St. Louis Magazine
Clot cure

When treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

– in which blood clots in the legs move to the lungs, causing breathing problems and sometimes death – ends, the worst may be yet to come, in the form of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), a condition where blood clots cause intense swelling and pain in the legs. Dr. Suresh Vedantham, the national principal investigator in a study of treatments for PTS and professor of radiology and surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, is working to eradicate the risk altogether. Link to Article

St. Louis Beacon

The Muslims in your neighborhood: After several generations in St. Louis, Muslims face familiar challenges of preserving their faith and culture

Over the past 25 years, the number of Muslims in St. Louis has grown

tremendously—something that’s perhaps best reflected in the building of community centers in the area. While some efforts to establish Muslim community centers have met with resistance, local Muslim communities have themselves become savvier about how to go settle in and establish themselves, says Ahmet Karamustafa, a professor of history and religious studies at Washington University. Link to Article
Panera’s cafe for charity starts to pay off

An experimental, pay-what-you-want St. Louis Bread Co. store in downtown Clayton is a nonprofit that allows people to pay what they can afford. A suggested price is given at the register and at a recent lunch hour, almost everyone paid the full suggested price. The operation relies on volunteer workers, and fraternity brothers at Sigma Phi Epsilon at Washington University have been lending a hand for a couple of hours every week. Link to Article

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Wall Street Journal

Dorm wins energy contest

Ultimately, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels prevailed over rival North Carolina State Wolfpack – as well as trouncing Sears, J.C. Penney and Sheraton. The playing field: a national competition sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency to see which commercial building could trim its energy use the most over 12 months. The EPA will report Tuesday that ranking first was a dorm at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Link to Article

Springfield (MO) News Leader

Missouri Department of Higher Education accepting grant applications

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that assist low-income students to attend college, a department news release said. The College Access Challenge Grant Program was passed by Congress in 2007 as part of the omnibus College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The Missouri Department of Higher Education administers the grant program. In 2011, MDHE will distribute about $1.6 million. Maximum grant amounts will be $100,000. Link to Article

Christian Science Monitor

Why Africa’s young thinkers are headed to prestigious US colleges

Among the students at America’s prestigious colleges this fall are the first graduates of the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, which has drawn students from more than 30 African nations and sent its graduates to study all over Europe and North America. The program aims to bolster the ranks of professionals who can drive Africa’s political and economic development. Link to Article

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