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Friday, July 15, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, John Fitzpatrick of Cornell University explains what we can learn about climate change by observing Snowy Owls. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 3:00am

Japanese universities are reporting, to their relief, that most of the international students who left the country after the tsunami and associated nuclear worries, and whose programs haven't ended, are returning, The Japan Times reported. The universities have been pushing -- with help from the Japanese government -- for students to return. Visa procedures were simplified for those who didn't realize they would need a re-entry permit. And the Japanese government is paying for some return airfares for those who had to evacuate certain areas.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:00am

Blackboard, which last year announced a partnership to ease the use of McGraw-Hill content in courses using Blackboard's learning management system, is expanding the idea to other major publishers and their services. The company Wednesday announced partnerships with Pearson (for its MyLab and Mastering programs, which together are projected to have 9 million student registrations this year), as well as with Wiley, Macmillan and Cengage for various content offerings.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:00am
  • Raymond Barclay, senior associate at Arroyo Research Services, in North Carolina, has been named director of institutional research and planning at Stetson University, in Florida.
  • Connie Carmack, vice president for advancement at Chatham University, in Pennsylvania, has been selected as vice president for resource development at Roanoke College, in Virginia.
  • Jeremy Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music at Knox College, in Illinois, has been promoted to associate professor of music there.
  • Sarah Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music at Knox College, in Illinois, has been promoted to associate professor of music there.
  • Doug Falk, vice president of information technology and chief technology officer at the National Student Clearinghouse, in Virginia, has been named chief information officer there.
  • Sharon L. Fross, vice president for academic affairs at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, has been appointed as dean of the College for Graduate Studies and of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies at Chatham University, also in Pennsylvania.
  • Peter Meagher, associate dean of student and campus life at Reed College, in Oregon, has been selected as assistant dean of students/student conduct coodinator at Gustavus Adolphus College, in Minnesota.
  • Jim Milroy, assistant vice president for budget and financial analysis and government relations at the State University of New York at Geneseo, has been promoted to vice president for administration and finance there.
  • Jenna K. Templeton, director of online academic and support services at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, has been chosen as assistant dean of the College for Graduate Studies and of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies at Chatham University.
  • Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:00am

    WASHINGTON -- The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a subcommittee's bill that would increase spending on the National Science Foundation's research by $43 million with funds reallocated from the agency's education and equipment budgets. The legislation backed by the committee -- which will now go to the full House -- would keep the NSF's overall budget at $6.86 billion in 2012, flat from this year but $900 million less than President Obama requested. But the additional funds for research would come at the expense of a $26 million cut from the agency's education and human resources directorate and a $17 million shave from its research equipment and facilities fund. The bill would also

    Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:00am

    In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Timothy Rowe examines how the sense of smell contributed to the development of larger brains in early mammals and how modern technology is making such determinations possible. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

    Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:00am

    The University of Oxford says that there is no need -- in light of the scandal over the conduct of some of the publications owned by Rupert Murdoch -- to rethink endowed chairs and programs in his name or that of News International, Times Higher Education reported. Murdoch made a significant gift (exact size unknown) to Oxford, his alma mater, in 1990. The gift funds the Rupert Murdoch professor of language and communication, three lectureships, a News International Fund that makes various grants, and a News International visiting professor of media, and a program to provide internships to students interested in journalism. An Oxford spokesman told Times Higher Education: "Our full processes of scrutiny were carried out at the time of the endowment." Valentine Cunningham, professor of English language and literature at Oxford, said there was "only residual unhappiness" among academics over News International ties. "It is thought that we have turned bad money into good," Cunningham said.

    Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:00am
  • Raymond Barclay, senior associate at Arroyo Research Services, in North Carolina, has been named director of institutional research and planning at Stetson University, in Florida.
  • Connie Carmack, vice president for advancement at Chatham University, in Pennsylvania, has been selected as vice president for resource development at Roanoke College, in Virginia.
  • Jeremy Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music at Knox College, in Illinois, has been promoted to associate professor of music there.
  • Sarah Day-O'Connell, assistant professor of music at Knox College, in Illinois, has been promoted to associate professor of music there.
  • Doug Falk, vice president of information technology and chief technology officer at the National Student Clearinghouse, in Virginia, has been named chief information officer there.
  • Sharon L. Fross, vice president for academic affairs at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, has been appointed as dean of the College for Graduate Studies and of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies at Chatham University, also in Pennsylvania.
  • Peter Meagher, associate dean of student and campus life at Reed College, in Oregon, has been selected as assistant dean of students/student conduct coodinator at Gustavus Adolphus College, in Minnesota.
  • Jim Milroy, assistant vice president for budget and financial analysis and government relations at the State University of New York at Geneseo, has been promoted to vice president for administration and finance there.

  • Jenna K. Templeton, director of online academic and support services at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, has been chosen as assistant dean of the College for Graduate Studies and of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies at Chatham University.
    http://www.chatham.edu/newsevents/story.cfm?ID=549

    Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:00am

    John Sperling, founder of the University of Phoenix, has sold more than $59 million in stock in the company, whose value has increased since the Obama administration released a version of regulations of the for-profit higher education industry that was much weaker than earlier versions, The Huffington Post reported. The website also reported that other major owners of for-profit higher education stocks have sold off significant holdings in recent weeks. Donald Graham, for instance, sold $12.5 million in Washington Post Company stock. (The company owns Kaplan University.)

    Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:00am

    When the University of Tennessee at Knoxville advertised for a new baseball coach, the listings said that the institution preferred candidates with a bachelor's degree. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that the coach hired, Dave Serrano, has a degree, but from an unaccredited institution viewed by many as a diploma mill. "Obviously, sometimes you make choices in life and there's scrutiny out there," Serrano said. "I would prefer to be judged by the people and the players over all my years of my coaching career, what I've done for people as a coach and a mentor and how I've led them in life and being successful. People could judge my education, but I know when it comes to coaching and leading young men, I feel like I have a doctorate in that area." The News Sentinel noted that the university is currently searching for three assistant coaches, and that all three require a bachelor's degree and prefer a master's.

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