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Posted April 1, 2002
Brown: The Starr Foundation has donated
$15 million to Brown for financial aid. It is the largest donation
for financial aid the university has ever received. "Education
has traditionally been the largest area of giving for The Starr
Foundation" Maurice R. Greenberg, chairman of The Starr Foundation,
(and father to two Brown graduates) stated. He continued, "We
are delighted to show our support for Brown's need-blind admission
policy with this gift and hope it inspires others to give as well".
Cornelius Vander Starr founded the Starr Foundation in 1955, C.V.
Starr Scholarship Funds have been endowed at over 80 colleges and
universities since then.
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: Michael M. Crow, the exectuive
vice provost has been named president of Arizona State University.
Crow had been with Columbia since 1992
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
Cornell: Brian Crane, an assistant professor
of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell has been honored as
the recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career
Development Program Award and a Searle Scholars Program Grant. Crane
hopes to develop and apply "new photochemical methods for studying
the structural basis of oxidation-reduction chemistry and long-range
electron transfer in biology", in part by using money from
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"
A junior at Dartmouth, Heidi Williams, was named a 2002 Truman Scholar
by the S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. The award finances 2 to
3 years of graduate study for students pursuing studies in government
or nonprofit careers. She will receieve $30,000. Williams based
her Truman application on "improving women's access to math
and science education". Darthmouth Medical School cancer researchers
have identified a gene that triggers the death of leukemia cells.
Their findings were reported in the March 19 issue of the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences. Ethan Dmitrobsky, professor
and chair of pharmacology and toxicology headed the research team
which identified the gene.
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: The Harvard Law School Jessup International Moot
Court team won the U.S. Championship of the 2002 Phillip C. Jessup
International Law Moot Court Competition. The team was defeated
internationally by the eventual world champion, South Africa, yet
won the award for best combined memorials. This is the fourth year
in a row that a Harvard Law School team has attended international
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: HBS has announced the formation
of the Service Leadership Fellows Program, which will encourage
students hoping to make a contribution to society in the early years
of their careers to apply fror one or two year postgraduate Service
Fellowships. HBS plans to subsidize the graduates' salaries so that
it compares to those s/he would normally make from for-profit businesses.
Pennsylvania: Jim Lehr, host of "The NewsHour with
Jim Lehrer" will deliver the 2002 commencement address on May
13. Lehr has "moderated nine presidential debates in the last
four elections and served as the sole moderator for all presidential
debates in both 1996 and 2000". Penn will award Lehrer an honorary
Doctor of Laws degree.
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: For Stanford's freshman class
of 2006, admission was once again competitive. 12.4% of applicants
were admitted, compared to 12.7% the year before. For the first
time in Stanford history, more than half the admitted students are
people of color, 13% African American, 24% Asian American, 10% Mexican
American, 3% Latino, 2% Native American/Native Hawaiian. Almost
3/4 of the admitted students had a 4.0 or higher GPA in high school.
Yale: The Sterling Professor Emeritus of Economics at Yale,
James Tobin, who also won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Economics, died
March 11. He was 84. Tobin won his Nobel Prize for "creative
and extensive work on the analysis of financial markets and their
relations to expenditure decisions, employment, production and prices"
(quoted from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science)
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
process in admissions. For stories, click below.