News highights for November 5, 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.

Medical Daily

US team finds gene linked to deadly eye disease

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis have discovered a gene linked to the spread of eye melanoma that could throw insight on how tumors spread. “Scientists and physicians have been waiting for a rational, therapeutic target that we could use to treat high-risk patients,” said first author and Washington University ophthalmologist J. William Harbour, MD. “We believe this discovery may provide insights needed to hasten the development of therapies for these patients.” Link to Article See also GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel, Science Daily

Bloomberg Businessweek

BA job placement rates trending higher

The job market for 2010 MBA graduates made a slow but steady recovery this year, rebounding from one of the worst MBA hiring seasons in recent history. The news was not all good, though. Mark Brostoff, associate dean and director of the Weston Career Center at Washington University’s Olin Business School, says he has advised students to adjust their expectations when it comes to compensation packages. Link to Article

Related: Bloomberg Businessweek slideshow – MBA Best and Worst Job Placement of 2010

KWMU – St. Louis Public Radio

Wash. U. to hold its first U.S.-China undergraduate conference on the environment

Washington University is hosting its first U.S.-China undergraduate conference on climate change and sustainability. The six-day conference will include lectures about energy, food production and environmental issues, and a mock United Nations climate negotiation. Eleven students from Fudan University in Shanghai have come to St. Louis to participate. Link to Article (Birmingham AL)

UAB collaboration closes in on Hodgkin cure
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in collaboration with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Washington University in St. Louis and Weill Medical College of Cornell University have developed a drug cocktail that produces remission in Hodgkin lymphoma. The research was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine on November 3, 2010. Link to Article
CT scans prevail in lung cancer study

Advanced CT imaging can reduce deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent among heavy smokers, according to long-awaited results from the first comparison of CT scanning and regular chest X-rays, researchers said Thursday. The difference is statistically significant but modest, said Dr. David Gierada, a radiology professor at Washington University. “I don’t want to overstate the benefit of screening because a 20 percent reduction in cancer deaths still means that a lot of people are going to die from lung cancer,” Gierada said. “Really the best way to reduce one’s risk is to not start smoking or to quit smoking.” Link to Article

St. Louis Business Journal

A university town

Higher education is an industry unto itself in the St. Louis metro area, which host some 34 accredited private and public colleges and universities, some with multiple campuses. Included in the article is a snapshot of the regional impact from five of the St. Louis area’s largest universities, including Washington University. Link to Article stub (access to the full article requires a subscription)

St. Louis Business Journal
Wash U, SLU considered ‘best values’ by Kiplinger

Washington University and Saint Louis University are among the private universities ranked on Kiplinger’s list of Best Values in Private Colleges for 2010-11. Washington University was ranked 13th, and SLU was 76th. Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., was No. 1 among private universities, and Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Penn., was No. 1 among liberal arts colleges. Wash U and SLU were the only Missouri universities ranked; no Missouri liberal arts colleges were on the list. Link to Article stub (access to the full article requires a subscription)

St. Louis Business Journal

Economy shapes MBA students, programs

St. Louis business schools are in high demand, as students head back to school in the faltering economy. Colleges and universities here are reporting larger applicant pools and increased selectivity. But even as it becomes harder to get into — and pay for — MBA programs, schools here are trying to meet financial aid needs and are focusing on career services offerings. “Career counseling is a top priority,” said Joe Fox, associate dean and director of MBA programs at Washington University’s Olin School of Business. Link to Article stub (access to the full article requires a subscription)

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New York Times

Application inflation: When is enough enough?

The numbers keep rising, the superlatives keep glowing. Each year, selective colleges promote their application totals, along with the virtues of their applicants. Link to Article

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