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Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 3:00am

New York University is teaming up with the University of the People, a young, unaccredited online institution in which most instruction is provided by volunteers and students don't pay tuition, The New York Times reported. Students who do very well at the University of the People could be eligible under the partnership to enroll at NYU's Abu Dhabi campus, and eligible for financial aid.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 3:00am

A woman who was a prisoner in South Carolina has pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme in which she submitted false financial aid applications to Webster University in the names of 23 inmates, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The woman obtained more than $124,000 for students who were not enrolled in Webster's distance education programs, as their applications claimed. A university employee set off the investigation after noticing suspicious addresses on several applications.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 3:00am

There are relatively few differences in the success rates of women and men who apply for grants from the National Institutes of Health, according to a new study in Academic Medicine. But on grants after a first successful application, men are more likely than women to apply and to receive funding.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Klaus Lackner of Columbia University’s Earth Institute describes his efforts to combat global warming by creating carbon-capturing artificial trees. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 3:00am

Pfizer Inc. said Wednesday that it would spend up to $100 million over five years to create a series of research partnerships with academic medical centers in Boston and other Massachusetts cities. The network, known as the Center for Theurapeutic Innovation, will team the pharmaceutical company with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard University, Partners HealthCare, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 3:00am

Roxanne Martino, president and chief executive officer of Aurora Investment Management, which manages billions in hedge funds, announced Wednesday that she is resigning from the board of the University of Notre Dame, following criticism of her political contributions, The Chicago Tribune reported. Conservatives have noted that Martino has given to Emily's List, which backs female candidates who favor abortion rights. "I dearly love my alma mater and remain fully committed to all aspects of Catholic teaching and to the mission of Notre Dame," Martino said in a statement. "I had looked forward to contributing in this new role, but the current controversy just doesn't allow me to be effective."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 3:00am

President Obama will focus on job training programs during a visit today to Northern Virginia Community College. One idea he will propose is a series of certifications for various manufacturing jobs so someone studying a skill at one community college could indicate common competencies when seeking jobs in other areas, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 3:00am

New research out of Ohio State University suggests a silver lining to the cloud of loan debt faced by many students. For young adults aged 18 to 27, the more credit card and student loan debt they hold, the higher their self-esteem. Only once the young adults hit 28 do they start to realize that debt may have a downside. "Debt can be a positive resource for young adults, but it comes with some significant dangers." said Rachel Dwyer, an assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State and lead author of the study. "Young people seem to view debt mostly in just positive terms rather than as a potential burden." The study is being published in the journal Social Science Research.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 3:00am

Nevada is the latest state in which legislation to permit concealed weapons on campuses has died. The Nevada Senate passed the bill -- over the objections of faculty leaders. But The Las Vegas Sun reported that the bill died when a divided Assembly Judiciary Committee failed to take it up.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 3:00am

Yale University is very proud of the popularity of Open Yale Courses, a program in which online videos are available of selected courses. But the university was less than pleased -- and has its lawyers objecting -- to a book published by a university in China that is based on the lectures in some courses, including material copied from translations prepared by a nonprofit group. An article in The Yale Alumni Magazine details the university's concerns.

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