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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am

Harvard University welcomed the Navy's Reserve Officers Training Corps program back to its campus after 40 years on Tuesday, as the Obama administration formally ended the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay service members in the military, The Boston Globe reported.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am

State and federal governments could take a series of steps to increase the chances that single mothers progress to and through college, Women Employed, a nonprofit advocacy group, says in a new report. Many of the changes proposed in the report, "Single Mothers and College Success: Creating Paths Out of Poverty," revolve around changes in government welfare programs that would give recipients more credit for educational activities than they now receive.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am

Presidents and chancellors of the universities in the Pac-12 Conference announced late Tuesday that the league would remain at its current size, a move that could put the brakes on a conference-realignment process that in recent days has threatened to transform big-time college football and potentially destroy two of the six major leagues. "After careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference," Commissioner Larry Scott said in a brief statement. "While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am
  • Ashley Garr, chemistry instructor at Augsburg College, in Minnesota, has been appointed as instructor of chemistry at Central College, in Iowa.
  • Nancy Hensel, CEO of the Council on Undergraduate Research, in Washington, has been chosen as president of New American Colleges and Universities, in Massachusetts
  • Daniel Lawson, assistant to the coordinator of graduate teaching assistant education at Virginia Tech, has been named director of the writing center at Central College, in Iowa.
  • Patricia N. LeDonne, director of admissions and development and director of enrollment and marketing at Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, in Virginia, has been appointed as director of admissions at Roanoke College, also in Virginia.
  • The appointments above are drawn from The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of upcoming events in higher education. To submit job changes or calendar items, please click here.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am

    The long-debated merger of New Jersey's flagship public university and its health professions campus appears to be back on track. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey on Tuesday expressed his support for the dismantling of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the transfer of its medical school to Rutgers University, The Record reported. The newspaper said that a preliminary recommendation released by the governor's office would merge UMDNJ’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey into Rutgers.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am

    The faculty at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York has passed a resolution condemning the New York Police Department for infiltrating Muslim student groups, the Associated Press reported. The AP earlier revealed the strategy, which professors said threatened the civil rights of their students. "The use of undercover police agents and the cultivation of police informers on campus has a chilling effect on the intellectual freedom necessary for a vibrant academic community," the resolution said. A spokesman for the college said that Karen Gould, the president, shared the professors' concerns.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am

    Harvard University welcomed the Navy's Reserve Officers Training Corps program back to its campus after 40 years on Tuesday, as the Obama administration formally ended the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay service members in the military, The Boston Globe reported.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am

    The playwright Tom Stoppard has joined a campaign in Scotland against what humanities professors say is the gradual elimination of university programs in Russian, Czech and Polish, The Scotsman reported. Stoppard, who is Czech, said he does not speak the language and that his reaction is based not on his personal ties, but his view of the intellectual contributions of a broad language program. A proposal by Glasgow University to eliminate its Slavonic studies department has set off the latest efforts on behalf of language and culture programs.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:00am

    The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday published a report on the status of military service members and veterans in higher education just before the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect, providing a baseline from which the growth in veterans' involvement in higher education can be measured. The report offers a statistical portrait of the service members and veterans enrolled as undergraduates and graduate students in 2007-8 and compares them to their non-military peers. In total, service members and veterans made up about 4 percent of all enrolled students at that point, they were more likely to be male than were other students, and they were more likely than others to study at private nonprofit four-year institutions, pursue bachelor’s degrees, take a distance education course, and study computer and information sciences.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:00am

    Academics were among the fortunate few to receive calls Monday from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation naming them as new MacArthur Fellows. The program (commonly called the "genius awards" even if the foundation doesn't use that term) provides $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. The academics are:

    • Roland Fryer, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University.
    • Elodie Ghedin, assistant professor of computational and systems biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
    • Markus Greiner, associate professor of physics at Harvard University.
    • Kevin Guskiewicz, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    • Tiya Miles, professor of history at the University of Michigan.
    • Matthew Nock, professor of psychology at Harvard University.
    • Sarah Otto, professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia.
    • Shwetak Patel, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington,
    • Kay Ryan, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
    • Melanie Sanford, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan.
    • William Seeley, associate professor of neurology at the University of California at San Francisco.
    • Jacob Soll, professor of history at Rutgers University at Camden.
    • Yukiko Yamashito, assistant professor of cell & developmental biology, University of Michigan Medical School.

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