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Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Peter Kelemen of Columbia University conducts a thought experiment
around the political economy of climate change. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has started a new fellowship for international graduate students, awarding funds to 48 individuals from 22 countries. The funds will support research in science and engineering during the third, fourth and fifth years of graduate school. The institute originally planned to award 35 fellowships (worth $43,000 a year) but upped the total due to the quality of applicants.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

Unusually high numbers of Italian academics share the same last names, suggesting nepotism is widespread, according to a new study by Stefano Allesina, an assistant professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago. Allesina's work was prompted by Italian journalists' reports on apparent nepotism in academe, such as one university where nine relatives from three generations of a single family are in the economics department. Allesina examined a database with the names of 61,000 Italian academics, and found clusters of names in single departments most prevalent in industrial engineering, law, medicine, geography and pedagogy. The analysis of names found that nepotism was the least likely (names were closest to random in various fields) in linguistics, demography and psychology.The research is being published in the journal PLoS ONE.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

DeVry Inc. on Thursday announced its purchase of the American University of the Caribbean, which runs a medical school in St. Maarten. DeVry already owns the Ross University School of Medicine, in Dominica.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

Rudolf Alexandrov, an adjunct mathematics professor at Chestnut Hill College, went to the second floor of a rotunda as his class was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, jumped off and killed himself in the fall, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. His students and staff members witnessed the death. Alexandrov was 71. The Philadelphia Daily News quoted a police official as saying that Alexandrov had a history of depression.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

The senior college commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges has warned La Sierra University that it could face accreditation sanctions because of concerns that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has too much control over the institution, The Press-Enterprise reported. University officials say that they have discussed the warning, and are taking it seriously. La Sierra has faced scrutiny from the accreditor and some of its own students and faculty members over debates over the teaching of evolution (questioned by the church), and an incident in which a trustee, a vice president, a dean, and an adjunct professor were asked to resign over a recording made, purportedly by accident, of the four men talking informally about the church and university leadership.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

The boards of three Assemblies of God institutions in Springfield, Missouri have voted to merge. If the merger receives final approval from church and state officials as expected, officials hope for economies of scale. The colleges are Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Central Bible College and Evangel University.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

More than half of English universities are projecting enrollment declines in light of the significant increases in tuition this year, according to data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Times Higher Education reported. Total enrollment is expected to decline by 2 percent.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

The chancellor of the North Dakota University system has asked the president of Dickinson State University, Richard McCallum, to resign after an inquiry found about 180 people listed as enrolled at the institution even though they were not enrolled, The Dickinson Press reported. The investigation started after people complained about receiving surveys for Dickinson State students when they were not enrolled. McCallum did not respond to requests for comment.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

Corn grown on the farm of California State University at Fresno has become incredibly popular, with people lining up for hours to make purchases, The Los Angeles Times reported. The university expects to sell 1 million ears.

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