News highlights for Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Photonics Online
Guide star lets scientists see deep into human tissue

Ultrasound guide star and time-reversal mirror can focus light deep under the skin, a game-changing improvement in biomedical imaging technology. Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has invented a guide star for biomedical rather than celestial imaging, a breakthrough that promises game-changing improvements in biomedical imaging and light therapy. Link to Article See also Medical News Today, MedTechInsider, Red Orbit, Lab Spaces, ZeitNews,, eScienceNews. Related news release.
Stimulus package remains mixed

Two years ago today, as Washington let loose a river of “stimulus” money to wash over the ailing economy, people all over St. Louis saw opportunity. The unemployment rate is still higher than the administration predicted, said Steve Fazzari, a professor of economics at Washington University, but the stimulus has certainly helped.” Washington University Medical School, for instance, has received $137 million in stimulus-funded research grants, mostly from the National Institutes of Health. Link to Article

NCBI to end support for Sequence Read Archive as federal purse strings tighten

The National Center for Biotechnology Information will phase out the Sequence Read Archive over the next year as a result of reduced federal research dollars. As of September 2010, the SRA contained more than 500 billion reads consisting of 60 trillion base pairs. Most submissions came from the Broad Institute, Washington University in St Louis, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and Baylor College of Medicine, which provide 34 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent of sequenced bases, respectively. Link to Article

A tailored approach to dizziness: Take extra caution and care in the elderly, panelists say

For the elderly, a change in head position, lying down, turning over, or sitting up in bed can be enough to trigger dizziness. It’s usually not life threatening, but it can increase the chances of a dangerous fall, says Joel Goebel, MD, professor and vice chairman of otolaryngology and director of the Dizziness and Balance Center at Washington University School of Medicine. Simply standing in your kitchen and looking up at an item on a high shelf can bring about a dangerous situation in an elderly person, he said. Link to Article

ABC News 4
Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, established by American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Gerald Early, professor of Modern Letters and director of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University, has been named to an American Academy of Arts and Sciences commission charged with identifying the top ten actions that Congress, state governments, universities, foundations, educators, individual benefactors, and others should take now to maintain national excellence in humanities and social scientific scholarship and education.

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Southeast Missourian
Reps. Emerson, Carnahan partner on civility forum

Many political observers believe civil discourse is a thing of the past in Congress. Two House members from Missouri say they want to change that. Democrat Russ Carnahan and Republican Jo Ann Emerson are holding a forum Feb. 24 at Washington University in St. Louis to emphasize the importance of civil discourse. Carnahan says there’s nothing wrong with vigorous debate, but too often it becomes overheated, making it difficult to talk through issues.

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Her Campus
The senior freak-Out: How to deal

Many college seniors are stressed because they are unsure they’ll be able to find a job in this dismal economy. “It helps to remember that finding a job after college is just that-finding a job,” said Kathy Brock, the Assistant Director of Mental Health Services at Washington University in St. Louis. “If that job isn’t perfect or perfectly suited for you, there will be others. And if you can’t find a job right away, you will likely find a way to make things work until you do”

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Saint Louis Beacon
The birth of the American Dream

“The Epic of America,” published in 1931, offered a concise, one-volume history of the United States. In a 1957 magazine article, former Washington University Chancellor and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Arthur Holly Compton discussed the American dream, even as he shared his own thoughts on globalization and world interdependence. Compton offered an anecdote about how it was becoming the dream of the world. Link to Article
Craving for food can be addicting

A growing body of research confirms that high-fat, high-calories foods can mess with parts of our brain, making us crave more. Researchers at Washington University recently compared alcoholism and obesity data and found that women who had a parent or sibling with a history of alcohol problems had 49 percent higher odds of obesity than those without a family history. The association was significant for men, too, though not as strong, said Dr. Richard A. Gruzca, assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University and head of the study. Link to Article

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

UMSL group expects high attendance at conference


UMSL’s International Business Honor Society announces its Third Annual International Business Career Conference to be held Feb. 25. By expanding its reach to include other top business colleges from the region, the Honor Society hopes to attract business majors from schools such as Missouri S & T, Missouri University, Missouri State, Washington University in St. Louis, and SLU among others. About 400 attendees are expected this year.

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News in Higher Education

New York Times

Opinion: True grit and Title IX


Thanks to Title IX, if budget cuts must be made in sports departments at schools, equality doesn’t go first. Link to Article

U.S. News & World Report

How much is your college president costing you?


College president compensation costs nearly $150 per student, on average. The sitting president of a private nonprofit college received an average of $475,403, in pay, bonuses, and additional benefits according to a U.S. News analysis of 2008 compensation data amassed by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Twenty of the 362 sitting college presidents received more than $1 million in compensation and two cracked the $2 million threshold. Link to Article

New York Times

Snapshot of one college’s admissions process


In a video from NBC’s “Today” show, Jacques Steinberg, of The Choice blog, takes viewers behind the closed doors of the admissions process at Grinnell College in Iowa. Grinnell, which has received nearly 3,000 applications for an incoming freshman class of about 400, follows an intensive, holistic process similar to those used at dozens of other selective (and in some cases fiercely competitive) colleges, both public and private. Link to Article

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