Quick Takes: Dillard Finds Temporary Home, at Tulane; Americans and German Win Physics Nobel; No Hurricane Hit to Texas State Credit; Duke Gets $75 Million -- From Duke; Caltech President Retiring; NIH Creates Stem Cell Bank in Wis.

October 4, 2005
  • When Dillard University reopens for class in January in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it will do so in New Orleans -- just not on its own campus, Dillard's president, Marvalene Hughes, said Monday. Hughes said the historically black university had reached a "memorandum of understanding" to use temporary space on the campus of Tulane University while the badly damaged Dillard campus is renovated. "We simply consider this an appropriate avenue on our journey back home that will result in future relationships with Tulane,” said Hughes.
  • The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics to Roy J. Glauber, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University, John L. Hall of the University of Colorado's JILA, and Theodor W. Hänsch of Germany's Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. Glauber received half the prize for his contribution to the "quantum theory of optical coherence;" Hall and Hänsch shared the other half of the award (and the total $1.3 million prize) for their "contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique." 
  • Although four of its nine campuses were damaged in Hurricane Rita, the Texas State University system should not see a decline in the credit rating on $405 million in outstanding debt, Standard & Poor's announced on Monday. The credit ratings agency credited strong state support for the university system's financial security.
  • Duke University on Monday announced a gift of $75 million from the Duke Endowment of Charlotte, the largest gift in the North Carolina institution's history. The university said the gift, which is to be paid over three years, would strengthen Duke's financial aid programs and its ability to remain "need blind" in admissions.
  • David Baltimore announced Monday that he would retire as president of the California Institute of Technology after the 2005-6 academic year. Baltimore, a Nobel Prize winning biologist, became Caltech's president in 1997 and will remain on its faculty.
  • The National Institutes of Health said Monday that it would provide $16.1 million over four years to create a National Stem Cell Bank at the University of Wisconsin's WiCell Research Institute.The new center will consolidate in one place half of the embryonic stem cell lines that are now available for study using federal funds, making it easier for scientists to use them.


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