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NASA alliance yields opportunities

(01/26/11 4:00am)

On the third floor of Wilder Hall, in the little-visited Room Nine, students huddle around technology-cluttered lab benches as they build balloons that will be released into the sky to monitor atmospheric conditions. The project, known as GreenCube, began several years ago as a result of the College's partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, established in 2007 as part of JPL's Strategic University Research Partnerships.

Daily Debriefing

(01/20/11 4:00am)

Two struggling New Orleans universities may merge together to form one institution in order to increase graduation rates, enlarge enrollments and strengthen student services at both institutions, Governor Bobby Lindal, R-La., announced on Tuesday, Inside Higher Ed reported. The plan is complicated by the different racial compositions of the two schools the University of New Orleans is largely white, while Southern University at New Orleans is predominantly black, according to Inside Higher Ed. The proposal would incorporate UNO, currently a member of the Louisiana State University System, and SUNO, part of the historically black Southern University System, into a new institution under the regional University of Louisiana System, according to the governor's statement. Ronald Mason Jr., president of the Southern University System, said he was "shocked" by the proposal in a Tuesday statement, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Daily Debriefing

(01/06/11 4:00am)

Female law students in the U.S. are less likely than male students to participate in class discussions or seek help from their professors outside of class, according to the findings of the 2010 Law School Survey of Student Engagement released on Wednesday, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The survey also found that women are more likely than men to cite fear of failure or embarrassment as their motivation for hard work. The survey, conducted by researchers at the Indiana University at Bloomington's Center for Postsecondary Research in 2010, was designed to help law schools improve their efficiency in addressing the needs of their students. Students often emphasize the role that faculty members have played in their professional development when prompted, though less than a third of third-year law students have worked in close proximity with professors in any capacity, the study concluded. Findings from the study were based on survey responses from approximately 25,000 students at 77 law schools, The Chronicle reported.

Daily Debriefing

(11/15/10 4:00am)

The Tuck School of Business was ranked first in MBA employment rates for graduate business schools nationwide by Bloomberg Businessweek. Ninety-seven percent of graduates of the Tuck Class of 2010 reported job offers by three months after graduation, according to the article. Tuck officials attributed Tuck's success to administrators' anticipation of the effects of the financial crisis on firms' hiring practices and the implementation of programs to help students attract the attention of potential employers after graduation, according to a Tuck press release. As part of that effort, Tuck ensured that 100 percent of the class took part in internships in the summer of 2009. Both individual efforts by Tuck students and Dartmouth's strong alumni network were influential to the high employment rate, according to the release.

Cobell says trust funds mismanaged by government

(10/18/10 2:00am)

Elouise Cobell has spent the last 14 years suing the federal government. In the course of her lawsuit which aims to recover billions of dollars of Native American claimants' money, lost to federal mismanagement she has had to deal with disappearing court documents and the questionable removal of a presiding judge, she said in a speech Friday.