News highlights for January 18, 2011

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 Wall Street Journal

Apple’s Jobs to take medical leave

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said he is taking another medical leave. William Chapman, transplantation chief at Washington University in St. Louis, hasn’t examined Mr. Jobs personally, but said it’s possible that his neuroendocrine tumor has metastasized again. “It’s really difficult to cure the disease with a liver transplant,” said Mr. Chapman, adding that it’s common to have some degree of recurrence. “Most people hope they reset the clock, gained some time and gain a quality of life, even if you don’t cure the disease.” Link to Article See also The Daily Beast, PC Magazine, The Australian

Carmel Valley News (Carmel, CA)

Education matters/Opinion: Leaving a legacy of unfair advantage

As high school seniors ponder their future academic careers, a new study just released indicates it’s not quite a level playing field out there in College Admissions Land. The study is compelling in its exhaustive examination of the effect of legacies and family ties on college admissions,

which — if you believe the evidence — have more impact than previously thought. The study examined data from 30 highly selective U.S. universities, none of whom the author identified, since access to private information was provided on the condition that the universities would remain anonymous. But, to guess, one would expect the list to include prominent Ivy League schools and other elite universities, such as Washington University in St. Louis. Link to Article (St. Louis, MO)
This Friday new business owners develop skills at Skandalaris seminar

If you are an aspiring or new entrepreneur, take a look at Washington University’s Skandalaris Center’s Seminar Series. The Center takes a broad interest in cultivating business ownership by offering programs to not only Washington University students, but also the St. Louis region’s population of entrepreneurial talent. The spring semester has quite a few offerings, including a Jan, 21 seminar, Developing Entrepreneurial Skills, Perspectives and Relationships. Link to Article


News 11 profiles late Washington University professor and author Stanley Elkin

KPLR’s St. Louis Walk of Fame feature spotlights Washington University professor and noted author Stanley Elkin. In 1960, he came to Washington University where he would teach and write for the next 35 years. All the while, he was writing and fighting multiple sclerosis. Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays and one screenplay. Link to Broadcast


Washington University holds Martin Luther King Day celebration

Washington University held its 24th annual celebration honoring Doctor Martin Luther King this evening inside Graham Chapel. The theme of this year’s program was The past is alive, and the work is not yet done. Chancellor Mark Wrighton hosted the event. Speakers included Shanti Parikh, assistant professor of anthropology and African & African-American Studies. Link to Broadcast

See also St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Washington University neurosurgeon comments on Gifford’s condition

Washington University neurosurgeon Greg Zipfel discusses potential neurological complications from the gunshot wound to the head received by Rep. Gabrielle Gifford in the recent Arizona shooting. Recovering from a gunshot wound to the head depends on the bullet’s path, and while doctors are optimistic about Giffords’ odds, it can take weeks to months to tell the damage. Link to Broadcast


Science Center celebrates MLK Day with three-day minority science showcase

The St. Louis Science Center is celebrating Martin Luther King weekend with a minority science showcase, a three-day event designed to show youth of all races that a career in science is possible. The three-day program includes hands-on demonstrations by workers at an African-American engineering company and a variety of events sponsored by people from Washington University. Link to Broadcast

St. Louis Business Journal

Emerson, Symington among Academy of Science honorees
1/ 18/2011

The Academy of Science-St. Louis recently announced the recipients of its Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards honoring top scientists and engineers from the St. Louis region. Dr. Marcus Raichle, professor of radiology, neurology, neurobiology, biomedical engineering and psychology at the Washington University School of Medicine, is slated to receive the academy’s Peter H. Raven Lifetime Award for 2011. Dr. Timothy Eberlein, surgeon-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and director of the Siteman Cancer Center, is a recipient of the Science Leadership Award honoring an individual or organization for playing an important leadership role in the development of science and scientists in the region. Link to Article

News in Higher Education

Associated Press / The Boston Globe

Missouri tuition hike could mean prestige boost

University of Missouri officials suggested Friday that an expected tuition increase will do more than just plug holes in campus budgets weakened by years of declining state

support — it will boost the school’s reputation. Some out-of-state students and parents who equate a college’s price tag with academic excellence could see the increased cost as a reflection of the university’s prestige, they said. Link to Article

The New York Times

Student pays tuition one dollar at a time

While tuition increases in Britain prompted violent protests last month, rising college fees rarely elicit more than shrugs among most students in the United States. But on Friday, a sophomore at the University of Colorado, Boulder, found a symbolic way to strike back. The student, Nic Ramos, paid his entire spring semester tuition — all $14,309.51 of it — using dollar bills, a 50-cent piece and a penny. Link to Article (Boulder, CO)

CU-Boulder doctoral students find dissertation support; Coaching group helps members realize they’re ‘not alone’

Doctoral students at the University of Colorado are finding dissertation salvation through a support group offered by Counseling and Psychological Services. The group helps students create long- and short-term goals and timelines that help them prepare for a lengthy writing process. One doctoral student says the group has been her “salvation” over the past few years, helping her feel less isolated during the “lonely” dissertation process. “One of the most important things I’ve gotten from the group is this idea of solidarity,” she said. “I realize I’m not alone in this and that others are experiencing the same things I’m experiencing.” Link to Article

New York Times

Education: Public colleges step up appeals to alumni amid cuts

A rush to match the fund-raising muscle of private schools has put public colleges in an awkward stance: expanding development staffs while cutting from academic programs. Link to Article


Universities miss chance to identify depressed students, study finds


One out of every four or five students who visits a university health center for a routine cold or sore throat turns out to be depressed, but most centers miss the opportunity to identify these students because they don’t screen for depression, according to new Northwestern Medicine research. Link to Article

St Louis Post-Dispatch

Partnership benefits students, biotech initiative

Partnerships between research scientists and higher education are not unusual. But the one forged between St. Louis Community College and the BioResearch and Development Growth Park is unique. It allows undergraduate students to work closely with top-drawer scientists at the research facility, adjacent to the Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur. Link to Article

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