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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Pauline Oliveros examines the difference between passive hearing and active listening. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 3:00am
  • Judy A. Beal, interim dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Simmons College, has been named to the job on a permanent basis.
  • Beth Halloran, assistant vice president for development at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, has been appointed as vice president for development and alumni relations at Grinnell College.
  • Ronald S. Harichandran, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State University, has been selected as dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut.
  • Onye Ozuzu, associate chair and director of dance in the department of theatre and dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been named chair of the dance department at Columbia College Chicago.
  • Carol Rozansky, professor of education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, has been chosen as chair of the education department at Columbia College Chicago.
  • Darrell P. Wheeler, associate dean for research and community partnerships at Hunter College of the the City University of New York, has been selected as dean of the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago.
  • The appointments are drawn from The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also include a comprehensive catalog of upcoming events in higher education. To submit job changes or calendar items, please click here.

    Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 3:00am

    A state judge has ordered the University of Virginia to release documents produced by Michael Mann, who formerly taught there, to a conservative foundation requesting them as open records, The Washington Examiner reported. Mann is a climate researcher whose work is consistent with the scientific consensus on climate change, but who is doubted by some conservatives. In an e-mail, Mann said: "I think it's very unfortunate that fossil fuel industry-funded climate change deniers ... continue to harass U.Va., NASA, and other leading academic and scientific institutions with these frivolous attacks."

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:00am

    Architecture faculty members at Tel Aviv University are angry over the design for a new wing of the architecture school, saying that the design doesn't work with the campus, Haaretz reported. Faculty members say that the university can't object to the design because the architect is also the donor.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:00am

    The Connecticut Senate ended a Republican filibuster Tuesday and passed legislation that would let undocumented immigrants who attended and graduated from high schools in the state pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, The Hartford Courant reported. The House of Representatives has already passed the bill and Governor Dannel P. Malloy has said that he will sign it.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:00am

    A Louisiana legislative panel voted Tuesday to endorse a constitutional amendment that would consolidate several boards that govern the state's public colleges and universities into a single board of trustees, The Times-Picayune reported. The measure, which Governor Bobby Jindal has promoted, is one of several being considered in states around the country as they look to centralize decision making, cut costs, or both. A legislative leader in Rhode Island proposed this week that the state's separate boards for elementary/secondary education and higher education be combined into a single Board of Regents, according to The Providence Journal. And Connecticut lawmakers have been discussing a plan that would merge the Connecticut State University and Connecticut Community Colleges systems under a single board, excluding the University of Connecticut.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:00am

    Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has agreed to make "fundamental changes" in the way its chapters operate, as part of the settlement of a lawsuit by the parents of a freshman at California Polytechnic Institute at San Luis Obispo who died while pledging in 2008, The Tribune News reported. Details of the settlement were not released. The student's death was attributed to the alcohol in his system. Some members of the fraternity started to drive him to the hospital, but returned to the fraternity house with the idea that he would sleep it off. He died that night.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:00am

    In today’s Academic Minute, York College of Pennsylvania's Lisa Ruth Sahd examines how nurses are trained to deal with trauma emergencies in the ER and on the street. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:00am

    Students who arrived at Alpine College, a for-profit college in Washington State, were stunned Monday to find the institution shut down, The Spokesman-Review reported. Many of the students had just started courses, and paid tuition. The owner and the vice president did not respond to requests for comment, but a statement from the college cited financial problems and the poor health of one of the owners. One owner was barred in 2007 from working as a certified public accountant for two years. And a former executive director is facing charges of theft of college funds to make $45,000 in personal purchases, the newspaper said.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:00am

    It would probably be a cheap joke to call it a mixed marriage -- but the Touro College and University System is announcing today that it is taking over control of New York Medical College from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Touro, which describes itself as "America’s largest, not-for-profit, independent institution of higher and professional education under Jewish auspices," will add the private health sciences institution in Westchester County, N.Y., to its mix of osteopathic medicine and pharmacy colleges. New York Medical College operates a medical school, a graduate school in basic medical sciences, and a School of Health Sciences and Practice. The institutions announced 18 months ago that they would affiliate; under the arrangement to be announced today, Touro will appoint a new board to operate New York Medical College.

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