News headlights for Monday, March 14

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CNN / Cable News Network
Doug Wiens joins John King’s live coverage of tsunami aftermath
3 /11/2011

Doug Wiens, chairman of Washington University department of earth and planetary sciences, joins CNN live from St. Louis to help explain the science of tsunamis. Wiens discussed the earthquake and its context within the “ring of fire,” a band of seismically active areas that encircle the Pacific Ocean.

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Michael Wysession live on Japan tsunami

The earthquake in Japan caused devastation as far as the eye could see and sent a tsunami rolling across the Pacific, surging all the way to California where boats were ripped from their moorings.”What you have in the case of Japan is the old Pacific Ocean sea floor actually plunging deep beneath the island of japan,” said WUSTL earthquake expert Michael Wysession, an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences.

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U.S. News & World Report

Betting During March Madness May Make the Games Less Fun


Watching this year’s NCAA March Madness basketball tournament may not be much fun for those who bet on the games, one expert suggests. Though the current popularity of office pools, online betting sites and spoiler message boards seems to suggest that predicting the outcome of games increases enjoyment, that’s not the case, according to Stephen M. Nowlis, a marketing professor at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Link to Article See also Globe and Mail (Canada), CBS-19 Texas, KGUN News (Tucson), NBC12 (Virginia).

5 running mistakes you didn’t know you make

If you’re a runner, it can be hard to see your own mistakes.That’s where Gregory Holtzman comes in. Holtzman is an assistant professor of physical therapy and director of the newly opened running clinic at Washington University in St. Louis, and he diagnoses movement problems to improve runners’ techniques and lessen their pain. Link to Article

How MMA Fighters Use Plastic Surgery to Bleed Less [Video]

When your life is tied up in how well your body performs, you will take any and every measure available. “A lot of the athletes I take care of now, they’ve had 10 or 15 surgeries,” says Matthew Matava, a professor of orthopedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “If you tell an athlete, ‘Hey, you can have one more surgery that’s going to enable you to extend your career five years,’ I think a significant portion would agree to something like that.” Link to Article

Herricks High School: A picture in determination

Blake LaMagna, 16, a junior at Herricks High School, recently won a battle against her school district after administrators tried to deny her a chance to submit her photographs to the College Board for Advanced Placement credit consideration. She called Washington University in St. Louis – which has a respected art school – and was told that passing the AP exam as a junior would be a major achievement, one that would reflect her child’s skill and tenacity. Link to Article

Knoxville Business

David Moon: Net income often a ‘misleading’ measure


Researchers from Washington University and Duke found that companies were almost five times more likely to exactly match expectations or exceed them by one penny rather than fall short of expectations by a penny. The authors conclude that companies manipulate (ahem, “manage”) their earnings to insure that they don’t fall short of investor expectations. Link to Article
MO: Missouri legislators, wary of Islamic law, propose banning it

There’s no evidence that state courts are judging cases based on Islamic principles or foreign laws, but that’s not stopping Missouri politicians from sponsoring legislation to ban the practice. Sharia is not a specific legal code, but a set of interpretations of Islamic scripture, said John Bowen, a professor and expert on Islam at Washington University in St. Louis. Majority-Muslim countries have applied those interpretations to varying degrees in their formal laws, he said. See also KMOV News (St. Louis), Daily Journal / Associated Press. Link to Article

KMOV-TV (St. Louis)
Washington University students safe following tsunami


A handful of St. Louis residents have families in the heart of the destruction and they spent the morning trying to reach their loved ones. Washington University has 19 students who are studying in Japan, all staying in the Western city of Kyota. They are safe. Nobody hurt. See also St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Link to Broadcast

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Episcopal cleric tries Islamic rituals for Lent

The Rev. Steve Lawler of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ferguson, decided to adopt the rituals of Islam for 40 days to gain a deeper understanding of the faith. On Friday, he faced being defrocked if he continued in those endeavors. Lawler, who also is adjunct professor of leadership and organizational development at Washington University, issued a press release promoting his unique way of spending Lent. Link to Article

News in Higher Education

Wall Street Journal

Before You Choose That College…


As college acceptance letters start to roll in, parents will soon have a better idea of their children’s educational options for the years ahead. But before students select a college and head off to school, financial advisers say there are a few things many families need to consider about how to handle the costs, get the most for their money and protect themselves against unexpected developments.

Five advisers share their words of advice for parents and their college-bound children. Link to Article

New York Times

New fund give colleges a greater stake in their innovations


Universities often aren’t nimble at retaining large stakes in start-ups that commercialize their innovations. A new investment fund may change that.

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New York Times

Policymakers express anxiety over hiring of special adviser at University of Texas


Rick O’Donnell, the new $200,000-a-year special adviser to the University of Texas Board of Regents, has some policymakers concerned because of his attitudes toward academic research.

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