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Stanford Social Innovation Review: Higher Education for Refugees

April 20, 2017 | We Remember

Upon graduation, he was hired at Bell Labs, where he and partner Robert Wilson were tasked with building ultra-sensitive microwave receivers. Their handiwork ended up being so powerful that they accidentally picked up mysterious radio signals. These turned out to be the cosmic microwave background that provided the first confirmed proof of the Big Bang […]

Princeton University: Gerard Washnitzer, learned and spirited professor of mathematics, dies at 91

April 20, 2017 | We Remember

Gerard Washnitzer, a Princeton University professor of mathematics, emeritus, known for his work in algebraic geometry and lively personality, died April 2 in hospice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He was 91. Colleagues and family recalled Washnitzer as an avid reader who loved history as much as mathematics — particularly the history of mathematics. He […]

Science Daily: Neural basis for parasitic cowbird’s secret password identified by researchers

April 20, 2017 | Science

If you are raised by other species, then how do you know who you are? Although heterospecific foster parents rear brood parasitic brown-headed cowbird chicks, juvenile cowbirds readily recognize and affiliate with other cowbirds. That’s because they have a secret handshake or password. Specifically, the “password” hypothesis helps explain this paradox of species recognition: Social […]

NY Post: Dogs apologize better than some humans

April 20, 2017 | Science

Who’s a guilty boy? Dogs know when they’ve screwed up — and their tail-between-the-legs pose is actually a highly evolved “apology bow,” according to CUNY researchers. http://nypost.com/2017/04/18/dogs-apologize-better-than-some-humans/

Inside Higher Education: Two New About Digital Scholars

April 20, 2017 | Books

I am not as fast a reader as Josha Kim (how does he do it?) but I’ve finally finished two books that have lingered on Mount TBR* for too long – and they made such interesting companions! Both examine the role of technology in our scholarly lives and, by coincidence, focus on students and faculty […]

NY Times: Defending Governor Cuomo’s Free Tuition Plan

April 19, 2017 | CUNY in the News

To the Editor: “Mr. Cuomo’s Free* College Plan” (editorial, April 15) contains few details on the program’s merits and even fewer on the program’s alleged flaws. The Excelsior Scholarship has set a national standard for college access by providing free tuition at New York’s public colleges for any family making less than $125,000 per year. […]

NY Daily News: Cuomo bold college aid program

April 19, 2017 | CUNY in the News

For too many Americans, the rising costs of college are putting higher education out of reach. This comes at a time when a postsecondary degree is almost mandatory for earning a middle-class living. In New York alone, 70% of jobs require a college degree, but only about 46% of adult New Yorkers have one. We […]

New Yorker: The Many Lives of Pauli Murray

April 17, 2017 | CUNY in the News

The New Yorker explores Pauli Murray’s pioneering legal work in both civil rights and the women’s movement. The 1933 Hunter graduate also became the first black woman ordained as an Episcopal priest. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/the-many-lives-of-pauli-murray

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Rabbi Saul Leeman, who marched with Martin Luther King to Montgomery, is dead at 100

April 17, 2017 | We Remember

Rabbi Saul Leeman, a longtime leader of Conservative congregations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and a civil rights activist who took part in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, has died at 100. Leeman, who served the Cranston Jewish Center on Rhode Island and later Temple Shalom in Medford, Massachusetts, died April 5. […]

‘A Mean Amount of Money’

April 14, 2017 | CUNY in the News

‘A Mean Amount of Money’ The City University of New York and State University of New York systems are preparing for the conversation about college affordability to shift to the cost of textbooks as the state rolls out its free-tuition plan. Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators announced Saturday they had reached a deal that […]