News highlights for November 22, 2010

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AOL News

Tea Party freshmen in Congress face reality check

AOL News reached out to congressional scholars and former GOP Hill staffers for insights into what freshmen will face in their new jobs and how that differs from the campaign rhetoric that helped send them here. “All money bills will be a problem for tea partiers,” said Steven Smith, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis and co-author of “The American Congress.” “The Republican leadership will be asking for votes for bills that are not as conservative they want, particularly once the bills are negotiated to be acceptable to the Senate and president.” Link to Article

The New York Times
Letters: Promoting learning, or dependence?
Responding to two recent articles in the New York Times, WUSTL emeritus professor James W. Davis writes that there may be a painful inconsistency between serving as many students as possible and teaching them effectively. It is not hard to imagine that the clicker-equipped students will be learning more, maybe much more, than their peers who watch a computer monitor still clad in their pajamas. In the future, what will college graduate mean?” Link to Article

The Washington Post
Huskies tie mark with 81st straight win
The University of Connecticut’s No. 1 women’s basketball team claimed its 81st consecutive victory, a 71-51 rout of Georgia Tech, on Sunday. The Huskies (3-0) tied Washington University, an NCAA Division III school, for the most consecutive wins by a woman’s program at any level. The Bears won 81 in a row from 1998-2001. U-Conn. should break the mark against Howard on Friday, then set off toward the next milestone: UCLA’s 88-game winning streak during the 1970s, the longest by a men’s program. The Huskies’ run on the WUSTL record was mentioned in hundreds of broadcast and print news stories nationwide. Link to Article

Chicago Tribune
Students with MBAs struggle to land jobs
One of the biggest hurdles facing international students attending U.S. MBA schools, is whether they can work in the United States once their student visas expire. Most can’t, so many business schools are helping international students adjust their job-search strategies. “Our advice to our international student population is they really do need to look at returning home as an option,” said Mark Brostoff, career center director at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Link to Article

Chicago Sun-Times
Travel security an ordeal for those with prosthetics

Michael Ann Angone, a Washington University pre-med student from Chicago, understands only too well the complaints from airline passengers having to undergo embarrassing searches at the hands of Transportation Security Administration officers. Angone, 18, lost her leg to cancer as a baby and has a prosthetic. She is constantly subjected to wanding, pat-downs and explosives testing at airports. Link to Article

The Kansas City Star
MU and KU improve in green ratings

Some of the produce served in a University of Kansas dining hall is being grown in a rooftop garden on campus. The University of Missouri has waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets and showers to conserve water in a new state-of-the-art green building. The two universities — along with Washington University in St. Louis — were honored recently with an overall grade of B on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card. But four other colleges in Kansas and Missouri received a C or worse for their green efforts. Link to Article
Roseville / 2 women named Rhodes Scholars

Priya M. Sury, a medical student at the University of Minnesota, and Prerna Nadathur, a senior at the University of Chicago, were among 32college students in the United States given the prestigious academic award this year. It pays all expenses for two to three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Sury graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May with degrees in anthropology and Spanish. She plans to pursue a master of philosophy in medical anthropology at Oxford. Link to Article See also Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KMOX-AM News Radio (St. Louis) Bloomberg News, Hindustan Times Related news release

The New Ecologist
5 Top green programs by US colleges

A greener life is better life; therefore many colleges have adopted green strategies for their students. Washington University’s ban on bottled water is named as one of the five best college campus programs for green practices in the U.S. In 2009 the university banned the bottled water on the territory of the campus. The vending machines were also banned. Three months after the ban of the bottled water, the university banned all kind of drinks that come in plastic bottles. Link to Article

Architecture Lab

Video trailer: Juhani Pallasmaa interview

Video interview with Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, the Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, U.S. Pallasmaa also is the current Plym Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois, former professor of architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and a former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978-1983). He runs his own architect’s office –Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY – in Helsinki. Link to Article

KTVI-TV (St. Louis MO)
Fox 2 News Sunday Morning

Washington University scientist Robert Criss joins Charles Jaco for a lengthy discussion of the fear that climate change naysayers are waging a war on science. Jaco notes that this week scientists from the American Geophysical Union started to push back against what they are calling climate change deniers. The scientists are concerned about what they call anti- scientific bias. Link to Broadcast
Washington U. falls in volleyball semi-finals

Washington University wanted to hold an awards ceremony in front of their own fans in the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship. They just didn’t want to hold it Saturday. The early ceremony meant an early departure for the Bears, hoping to defend their 2009 title. Instead, they fell to top-seeded Emory University 3-1 in the semi-finals. “There’s no way you can consider this season anywhere close to a failure,” Washington University coach Rich Luenemann said. Link to Article

News in higher education

New York Times

French professors find life in U.S. hard to resist
A study found that academics constitute a much larger percentage of French émigrés to the United States today than 30 years ago. Link to Article

Orlando Sentinel / Miami Herald

Controversy swirls over allegation that students cheated


Hundreds of students were accused of cheating after studying from a publisher’s `test bank,’ from which their mid-term exam was drawn. But some say the professor was at fault. The incident has focused attention on test banks that professors sometimes use to devise their own tests. The incident has sparked debates about academic integrity and questions about whether test banks are legitimate study guides or unethical glimpses at potential exams. Link to Article

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