Higher Education Quick Takes
Faculty and staff members at Indiana University at Bloomington are signing petitions and protesting the idea of a long-term lease by the university of its parking facilities, the Associated Press reported. Ohio State University recently signed a deal to lease its parking facilities for 50 years -- earning Ohio State $483 million. Indiana officials want a similar deal, but employees say that they fear a loss of jobs and less control over the fees charged to those who park there.
Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland were this morning named winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems." Haroche is a physicist at the Collège de France and the École Normale Supérieure, both in Paris. Wineland conducts his research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Colorado, both in Boulder, Colo.
Research released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that student performance on tests may be related not only to knowledge gained, but time between significant tasks. The new research -- by Ian Fillmore and Devin G. Pope of the University of Chicago -- examined student performance on Advanced Placement exams. The AP final exams are not always on the same schedule, so students who take more than one AP exam have varying amounts of time between the tests. The study found "strong evidence" that having shorter time periods between exams resulted in lower scores on the second exam. Students who take two exams with 10 days between them are 8 percent more likely to pass both exams than those who take the exams one day apart. An abstract of the study may be found here.
The marching band at Florida A&M University -- long a source of pride but more recently the subject of intense scrutiny because of a hazing death last year -- had serious academic problems, The Orlando Sentinel reported. Nearly 50 members of the 350 people in the band last year had grade-point averages below 2.0, the minimum required for participation in organizations such as the band. Twelve of those students had G.P.A.s of 1.0 or lower.
Students at Sana'a University in Yemen held protests last week to call for an end to political intrusions at the university, Yemen Times reported. Instructors are also protesting what they view as unfair treatment by the government. The protest comes amid debates over who should be appointed rector, and demands that military officials stay off of the campus.
Cardale Jones, a third-string quarterback at Ohio State University, tweeted on Friday that athletes shouldn't need to attend class, ESPN reported. "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS," he wrote. Once media organizations noticed and started to write about the tweet, it was removed, as was the entire Twitter account of Jones. The university suspended Jones for one game as a result of the tweet.
A campus security guard wasn't sure "security guard" is same as police, so changed hed. dl at the University of South Alabama early on Saturday shot and killed a freshman who the university said was charging the officer outside the police station on campus. According to a statement from the university, the officer went outside after hearing banging on a window and was repeatedly charged by the student, who was naked. The officer fired only after repeated requests that the student calm down were ignored, the statement said. The student was identified as Gilbert Thomas Collar, an 18-year-old freshman. The university has asked the local district attorney to investigate what happened. Collar's mother told NBC News that she did not understand why non-lethal force could not have been used to subdue her son, who she said was 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighed 135 pounds. "He was wearing no clothes and he was obviously not in his right mind," said Bonnie Collar. "Obviously he was not armed. He was completely naked."
John B. Gurdon of the University of Cambridge and Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University were this morning named joint winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent." Yamanaka is also affiliated with the Gladstone Institutes, in San Francisco.
Clair Willcox was named Friday to his former job as editor-in-chief of the University of Missouri Press, The Columbia Missourian reported. In recent months, the press was slated for elimination and Willcox was laid off. When the press survived, supporters said that they would not be satisfied until Willcox's job was restored.