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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.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:00am

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management on Thursday proposed regulations for the Pathways Program, which is designed to create simpler paths for students and recent college graduates to seek internships and positions with federal agencies. Politicians and educators have been pushing for the new program, saying that standard federal hiring process is so daunting that it can discourage many students.

The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration issued a statement Thursday praising OPM for moving ahead with the program. The statement stressed the importance of "the full inclusion of highly skilled graduate students in the Internship and Recent Graduates programs, letting market demand set the programs’ size." The statement added that "what will truly make or break the success of Pathways is its implementation. NASPAA urges federal agencies to begin planning substantive programs that will attract, recruit, develop, and retain students and recent graduates to become future agency leaders. We urge OPM to use its resources to support agencies throughout this process, but to exert its oversight where necessary."

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:00am

China and its universities are making great strides in science, but are being held back by widespread plagiarism that detracts from the quality of research produced, NPR reported. In one example cited, when the Journal of Zhejiang University-Science became the first in China to use software to check for plagiarism, it found that 31 percent of paper had excessive copying. The figure rose to 40 percent for papers in computer science and life science.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:00am

Representatives of more than 200 colleges gathered in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to discuss the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an effort launched by the White House in March to encourage colleges to bring different religious groups on campus together to work on specific issues. The colleges are tackling various problems, including hunger, human trafficking and environmental issues, during the yearlong project, said Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "They don’t have to agree about theology, they don’t have to agree about their different beliefs, but we feel they can agree on issues of service," DuBois said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

Colleges participating include both secular institutions, including Cornell University and American University, state universities, Jewish and Christian colleges and some theological seminaries, as well as community colleges. The White House will recognize some of the best examples after the effort is complete.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:00am

A new coalition has formed of the 22 colleges and universities with policies of open access on research published by faculty members -- policies that make that research available free in online repositories. The Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions will be a forum for sharing strategies and for advocating open access policies. The members of the new coalition are:

  • Arizona State University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Lafayette College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Oberlin College
  • Oregon State University
  • Rollins College
  • Stanford University
  • Trinity University
  • University of Hawaii-Manoa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Oregon
  • Wake Forest University
Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:00am

The U.S. Department of Commerce released new data on Wednesday on the gender gap in science and technology fields -- stressing the economic impact on women. The study noted that women hold almost half of all jobs in the United States, but less than 25 percent of those in STEM fields. This trend continues even though women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more, on average, than do women in other fields. And the data show that of those who study STEM fields in college, women are less likely to seek out STEM jobs. Of men with a STEM degree, 40 percent work in science and technology fields, while only 26 percent of comparable women do so.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Paul Steinberg of Harvey Mudd College explains the unique position of the United States as a potential global leader on environmental issues. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:00am

Duquesne University has sued Highmark Inc., its insurer, saying that it has been reimbursing employees for some forms of birth control, despite a contract with the Roman Catholic college not to do so, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The company did not return calls seeking comment.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:00am

Phyllis M. Wise was on Wednesday named as the next chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wise is currently provost at the University of Washington, where she also served as interim president. She is among a very small number of Asian-American academics named to the top position on an American campus.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:00am

The Texas Workforce Commission has ordered ATI Enterprises not to enroll new students in 16 career schools in the state, the Associated Press reported. The move follows questions raised by WFAA-TV about the accuracy of the chain's job placement rates. A company official declined to comment, saying that ATI would respond on Friday. The blog Higher Ed Watch features a review of the criticism of ATI.


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