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News from other Ivy League institutions, and Stanford
Posted March 25, 2002
Brown: The Corporation of Brown University has endorsed
a multiyear Proposal for Academic Enrichment under which Brown will
institute need-blind undergraduate admission. The university will
also add up to 100 new faculty members, and the increase to the
university's yearly budget will reach 36 million dollars by 2005.
Robert J. Zimmer, a mathematician and research administrator at
the University of Chicago, has been named Brown's ninth provost,
he will take up the position on July 15, 2002.
Columbia: Robert Kasdin 80, executive vice president
and chief financial officer of the University of Michigan, has been
named to the newly created position of senior executive vice president
of Columbia University by President-elect Lee C. Bollinger.
Kasdin, who will assume his new position in July 2002, previously
served as treasurer and chief investment officer of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, and as vice president and general counsel of the
Princeton University Investment Company.
As Columbia's senior executive vice president, Kasdin will help
Bollinger shape his new administration and apply his management
and financial expertise to a variety of departments and programs
including areas in the health sciences and university computing.
As new initiatives begin, Kasdin's portfolio will expand.
Cornell: Hunter R. Rawlings III *70, who has been president
of Cornell University since 1995, has announced he plans to retire
on June 30, 2003, assuming instead the position of professor in
the university's Department of Classics. Rawlings stated that he
has announced his plans at this time because it "will allow
the board to being a deliverate and systematic search for a new
president and will provide time for an orderly transition"
Dartmouth Medical School cancer researchers have identified a gene
that triggers the death of leukemia cells, opening a novel target
for anti-cancer drugs. This new genetic switch, reported in the
March 19 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
turns on a program to destroy certain leukemic cells and possibly
other tumor cells. It is activated by treatment with retinoic acid,
a vitamin A derivative used in cancer therapy and prevention. Finding
a mechanism that sets a cell death program in motion paves the way
for developing new cancer-killing drugs, according to Ethan Dmitrovsky,
professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology. He headed the
research team that included Sutisak Kitareewan, Ian Pitha-Rowe,
Sarah Freemantle, and David Sekula.
Harvard: A new discovery by a scientific team headed by
researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has
found that a group of white blood cells demonstrates previously
unrecognized memory characteristics that enable them
to launch a sustained immune response against tuberculosis bacteria.
This finding, described in a study in the March 22 issue of the
journal Science, offers an important new piece of information on
how the immune system combats infection, as scientists around the
world continue to work on developing a more effective tuberculosis
vaccine. A highly contagious bacterial infection that primarily
affects the lungs, tuberculosis is responsible for two million deaths
each year and affects an estimated 16 million people around the
world. Tuberculosis is a huge killer internationally,
says study co-author Norman L. Letvin, M.D., chief of viral pathogenesis
at BIDMC and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Worldwide,
the major targets for vaccine development are the HIV virus, tuberculosis
and malaria. Anything that moves us even a little closer to these
vaccines is very important. *** Rising carbon dioxide levels
associated with global warming could lead to an increase in the
incidence of allergies to ragweed and other plants by mid-century,
according to a report appearing in the March Annals of Allergy,
Asthma, and Immunology by Harvard University researchers. The study
found that ragweed grown in an atmosphere with double the current
carbon dioxide levels produced 61 percent more pollen than normal.
Such a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide is expected to occur
between 2050 and 2100.
Harvard Business School: A joint effort by Harvard and MIT
Business school students results in "Miami Trek," in which
the students meet executives of high-tech companies doing business
in Latin America. For two days, students met with the leaders of
Technology, Telecommunications, Banking and Media in Latin America.
The Trek was organized by the HBS Club Iberoamericano and the MIT-Sloan
High Tech and Latino Clubs.
Pennsylvania: Total undergraduate charges at UPenn are scheduled
to increase 4.6 percent during the 2002-2003 school year. These
charges include tuition, fees, and room and board. *** Penn's vice
provost for information systems and computing, James J. O'Donnell,
will become Georgetown's next provost
Stanford: "An Evening with Anita Hill" will took
place on March 22 in the Memorial Auditorium at Stanford. Vice Provost
and special counselor to the president for campus relations, LaDoris
Cordell, interviewed Ms.Hill. *** National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice will speak at the 2002 Commencemnt. Rice is Stanford's former
provost. *** Stanford trustees raise tuition, room and board by
a 4.9 percent for the 2002-03 school year.
Yale: Yale is investing $500 million in its science and
engineering programs in order to add five additional buildings.
"Yale researchers have determined the atomic structure of the
ribosome's large subunit", a discovery which should help the
medical industry find better drugs to fight infection. Thomas Steitz
led the study, he is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics
and Biochemistry at Yale.
Yale's faculty of engineering is marking 150 years of teaching
and innovation this year.
Yale president Richard C. Levin urges end to early application
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