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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:00am

Yale University Provost and President-elect Peter SaloveyJust 10 weeks after its longtime president, Richard Levin, announced that he would step down at the end of the academic year, Yale University announced Thursday that Peter Salovey (right), the university's provost and a professor of psychology, would become its 23rd president. The expedited search (the norm for presidential searches is between six months and a year) was even faster than that of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which made headlines earlier this year for appointing its provost after only three months.

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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Quincy Gibson of the University of North Florida reveals the connection between manmade noises and aggressive behavior in dolphins. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:00am

Career Education Corp. on Thursday announced that it would close 23 of 90 campuses and lay off 900 employees to cope with declining revenue and enrollment. The for-profit chain has been hit hard by what a company official called "new market realities," and has seen its total and new student numbers dip by roughly 22 percent compared to last year. It also reported an operating loss of $110 million for the year through October. The company is taking the "difficult step" of downsizing as part of a plan for a strategic turnaround as a "simplified and more nimble organization," said Steven H. Lesnik, its president and CEO, in a written statement. Career Education Corp. is also facing scrutiny from its accreditors.

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:00am

Nicholas B. Dirks, executive vice president and dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, was on Thursday named as the next chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley. Dirks is the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History at Columbia and the author of three books on India.

 

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:00am

Several hundred students at the University of Mississippi who were frustrated by President Obama's re-election held a protest early Wednesday morning. The Clarion-Ledger reported that while the event was incorrectly described as a "riot," it did involve burning of an Obama campaign poster and the shouting of racial epithets. Chancellor Dan Jones issued a statement expressing disappointment in the “immature and uncivil approach” of some students.

 

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:00am

Voters in the Austin, Texas, metropolitan area supported a tax increase proposal on ballots Tuesday that will provide revenue to support a new medical school at the University of Texas at Austin, a longtime ambition for the flagship university that it has struggled to support financially.

The new tax is the final piece of the funding puzzle administrators said they needed secured before they moved ahead on the school. University administrators said Tuesday that they would appoint a committee to choose a dean, select a location for the school, and finalize partnerships. They said they hope to have a medical school and teaching hospital in place for a first class of 50 students by 2015.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:00am

The University of Waterloo will close its campus in Dubai because of inadequate enrollment and an inability to form partnerships for research, The Record of Waterloo reported. Waterloo opened its campus in the United Arab Emirates three years ago, with ambitions to enroll 500 students by this fall. But a statement from the university Tuesday said that the 80 students enrolled on the Dubai campus could finish their educations on the university's home campus in Ontario.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Claire Fraser of the University of Maryland explains the growing understanding of how microbes influence overall human health. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 3:00am

About 350 students at Fairfield University were displaced by Hurricane Sandy, and the university is relocating them with friends, with local volunteers and others. Four students have an unusual new home, The Connecticut Post reported. President Jeffrey von Arx opened his home, and they have moved in.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Erica van de Waal of the University of St. Andrews reveals the important role mothers play in learning among groups of vervet monkeys. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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