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Archive for April, 2017

Science Daily: Religious people more likely to oppose reproductive technologies

April 27, 2017 | Science

As new and more effective human reproductive genetic technologies (RGTs) develop, people of faith are more likely to disapprove of these tools than nonreligious people, a new Rice University study found. Evangelical Christians are the most likely of any religious group to stand in opposition, the researchers found. The study examined how religious and nonreligious […]

Washington Post: Trump is trying to send North Korea a message. He’s got a long way to go.

April 27, 2017 | Books

On Wednesday, President Trump will summon the entire Senate to the White House for a special briefing on North Korea. On Tuesday, North Korea staged artillery drills off its east coast. Off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. and South Korean navies were holding joint military exercises. A U.S. submarine with guided […]

PHYS.ORG: NASA balloon mission launches, with goal of breaking flight record

April 27, 2017 | Science

NASA on April 24 launched a football-stadium-sized, super-pressure balloon on a mission that aims to set a record for flight duration while carrying a telescope that scientists at the University of Chicago and around the world will use to study cosmic rays. Researchers from 16 nations hope the balloon, which lifted off from an airfield […]

NY Times: Bringing Tito Puente’s Fire to a New Generation

April 26, 2017 | CUNY in the News

There was a sense of long-awaited catharsis on Saturday night at the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture in the South Bronx, as the Mambo Legends Orchestra plowed through a blazing set of Tito Puente’s most famous tunes. It was a proud capstone on the center’s three-day festival, Tito Puente Retrospective: 50 Years of […]

Inside Higher Education: More Colleges Look to Replicate CUNY’s Accelerated Two Year Program

April 24, 2017 | CUNY in the News

The City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, or ASAP, has been widely praised for turning out promising results and doubling graduation rates. That’s why more than a few community colleges are interested in bringing it to their campuses. Westchester Community College, which is part of the State University of New York […]

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 […]