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UW System Clipsheet - August 18, 2009

August 18, 2009

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On Campus

"Wisconsin launches e-transcript initiative," Campus Technology, Aug. 17.

Wisconsin is launching an electronic transcript initiative that will allow high school and college students in the state to use Docufide, a secure transcript service, for a discount. The project is being sponsored by a group of higher education organizations, including the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Department of Public Instruction, and Midwestern Higher Education Compact. So far, 13 schools have asked to be pilot schools to try the service...

"Fall Experience Days introduce prospective students to UW-Parkside programs," Racine Journal Times, Aug. 17.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has announced dates for its fall 2009 Experience Days. More targeted than an open house, each of the four Experience Days focuses on specific majors giving prospective students the opportunity to question current students and meet with professors from featured programs...

"Despite cutbacks, collegiate athletics boom (for a few)," The Lakeland Times, Aug. 18.

Despite the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, college athletics, especially college football, remain a very big business in the United States, and the program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the biggest revenue generators among some very affluent programs...

"A new UW breakthrough could prevent HIV," WKOW-TV, Aug. 17.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin - Madison have developed a synthetic protein that could preventhuman immunodeficiency virus, or HIV...

"UW-Madison makes volunteering easier," WKOW-TV, Aug. 17.

The University of Wisconsin - Madison is trying to make it easier for students to volunteer. UW-Madison Morgridge Center civic engagement coordinator Anne Whisnerwants to make it easier for students to give back to the community without the complications...

"Madison landlord seeks to educate tenants about smoke alarms," Channel 3000, Aug. 17.

...One downtown landlord is on a mission to educate his tenants about the new rules. Before University of Wisconsin-Madison student Josh Moss finishes unpacking a few essentials and settles into his new home away from home on Garfield Street in Madison's downtown, he's getting a lesson in safety. Moss and thousands of student tenants are getting fire and personal safety tips from flyers that are being distributed...

"On Campus: Bill would require University of Wisconsin-Madison to set up high-tech jobs program," Blog, Wisconsin State Journal, Aug. 18.

A bill in the state Legislature would require UW-Madison to establish a program called "career conversations" that would introduce middle and high school students to high-tech jobs. The bill doesn't set aside any money for the project, but the university's Center on Education and Work has much of the infrastructure in place to conduct a pilot program, said Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point...The program would allow students in grades 7 through 12 to engage in Webcam conversations with individuals who have careers in math, science, agricultural education, technology education, and information technology. The conversations would be recorded for future viewing...

National

"New NIH director says he worries about federal support and encouraging young researchers," Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 17.

Francis S. Collins took the leadership of the National Institutes of Health on Monday, telling the NIH staff his biggest fear centers on the possibility of a renewed decline in federal support for scientific research...

"Explaining U.S. research slide," Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 18.

A large part of the much-ballyhooed decline in the international standing of American higher education can be attributed to the fact that other countries have finally gotten more serious about pursuing excellence in and expanding access to their postsecondary systems -- which is not exactly a sign of U.S. failure. But a paper published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds one measure of U.S. research prowess that is actually dipping -- and attributes that decline to a larger issue that has gotten significant attention of late: the growing disadvantage of public universities against their private counterparts...

"Sluggish support for public universities threatens U.S. pre-eminence in higher education, report says," Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 17.

Shaky state financial support for public research universities threatens American higher education's global standing, says a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research that examines trends in scientific publications. Since the 1980s, the growth of scientific research, as measured by scholarly papers and citations, in Europe and East Asia has outpaced that of American universities, in part because countries in those regions have dedicated significant resources to higher education...But James D. Adams, a professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, points to another culprit. In the paper, "Is the U.S. Losing Its Preeminence in Higher Education?," Mr. Adams documents a slowdown in scientific publications by American researchers in the 1990s, following a long period of significant growth...

"Are vets' checks backlogged?," Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 18.

A report of major delays in government processing of enhanced veterans' educational benefits -- a report denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs -- is alarming some campus officials because they believe the report may reflect very real problems...

"Johnny Carson, KGB, card catalogs make Mindset list," Associated Press, Aug. 18.

For most teens starting college this fall, rap music has always been mainstream, Mike Tyson has always been a felon, and wars have always unfolded on TV in real time. Incoming freshmen never used a card catalog, never knew a world without the Cartoon Network, and never had to wait for the evening news to find out that evening's news. Those are some of the 75 cultural landmarks on the Beloit College Mindset List. The 12th annual compilation, which offers a glimpse of the world through the eyes of each incoming class, was released Tuesday by this private school of 1,350 in southern Wisconsin...

"Cultural 'Mindset' of freshmen may foil 'Boomer arrogance,'" USA Today, Aug. 18.

The 18-year-olds entering college this fall have lived their entire lives with Iraq as an enemy, Russia as a friend (and investment opportunity) and Ozzy Osbourne as a perpetual comeback kid. Born in 1991, most freshmen have grown up in a world that has always had mega-churches, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, Planet Hollywood and the Cartoon Network. These cultural touchstones, part of the annual Beloit College Mindset List, aim to remind adults that the incoming crop of freshmen brings to classrooms a very different frame of reference than their parents'...

"'Extreme' drinking puts college students at risk," Reuters, Aug. 18.

Extreme binge-drinking may be putting college students at significant risk of accidents and injuries, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 2,000 college students with drinking problems, those who admitted to "extreme" drinking -- eight or more drinks in day for men, five or more for women -- were more likely than their peers to have suffered a recent alcohol-related injury...

"Federal court throws out challenge to U of Texas admissions policy," Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 17.

A federal judge on Monday tossed out a lawsuit filed by two white applicants to the University of Texas at Austin who said they were rejected because of admissions policies that unfairly favored members of minority groups. Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court here ruled that the university's admissions policies were narrowly tailored, especially as they relate to race, and were thus constitutional...