William R. Berkley Gives NYU Stern $50 Million for Undergraduate Scholarships

The Largest Scholarship Gift in NYU Stern’s History Will Eliminate Tuition Burden for Recipients From NYU News New York University’s Stern School of Business unveiled a landmark gift of $50 million, the largest scholarship gift in the School’s history, from the Berkley Family Foundation, established by alumnus William R. Berkley and his wife Marjorie. The gift will provide scholarships to students in Stern’s top-ranked Undergraduate College through a brand-new program to be called the Berkley Achievement Scholars Program. William R. Berkley is the current Chairman of NYU’s Board of Trustees,…

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How misinformation, medical mistrust fuel vaccine hesitancy

More than two dozen experts discussed how to combat misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines at a virtual conference held Aug. 26.SEP 2 2021 From Stanford University/Medicine News Center Speakers at a conference on the COVID-19 infodemic stressed that the medical community needs to partner with people such as religious leaders and community activists to combat misinformation about the disease and vaccines.Prictrider/Shutterstock.com Public trust in government agencies and health professionals; access to vaccines and treatments; and accurate, clear, nonjudgmental information about COVID-19 are key to counteracting misinformation about the disease. Those…

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DSU dedicates a Tuskegee Airmen memorial section on campus

From DSU News On Campus The pedestrian circle area between the William C. Jason Library and the Mishoe Science Center is slated to be converted into a place of education and celebration in honor of the legendary Tuskegee Airman. A Sept. 12 dedication ceremony to mark the plans to memorialize the Tuskegee Airman on that portion of the Delaware State University campus attracted about 70 people to that outdoor section of the campus. That including members of the John H. Porter First State Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and many…

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Delaware State University rises to Top Ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities nationwide

Delaware State University rises to Top Ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities nationwide University retains standing as #3 public HBCUAmong Top 1% in Social Mobility Dover, DE – /September 14, 2021/ — US News & World Report announced today that Delaware State University has risen to #10 nationally among all other Historically Black Colleges and Universities while retaining its ranking as the #3 public HBCU in America. The University returns to the Top Ten for the first time since 2014. The University achieved its most significant gains in social mobility, a…

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Penn scientists win $3 million Breakthrough Prize for RNA research that enabled COVID-19 vaccines

From The Philadelphia Inquirer Sixteen years after their research at the University of Pennsylvania paved the way for billions to be vaccinated against COVID-19, two scientists have been honored with a $3 million Breakthrough Prize. The award for Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman, one of five such honors announced Thursday morning for achievements in science and math, recognizes their success in modifying the genetic molecule called messenger RNA (mRNA) so it can instruct human cells to make customized proteins. That concept could prove useful in treating all sorts of maladies…

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Yale Class of 2025 sets new marks for achievement and diversity

Yale News A record-setting 1,789 new first-year students this week arrived in New Haven as members of the Yale College Class of 2025. The especially large class includes 335 students who accepted Yale’s offer of admission in the summer of 2020 but opted to postpone matriculation until this fall. The new students will be welcomed into the 14 residential college communities, which are operating at full capacity for in-person learning this fall. Also joining the new first-year class are 26 students admitted through the transfer program and Eli Whitney program…

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U of T moves up one spot to 22nd globally in latest Shanghai university rankings

U of Toronto News (photo by Daria Perevenzentsev) The University of Toronto has climbed one spot to 22nd in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, achieving its highest position globally since the ranking began in 2003. The annual rankings by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy also saw U of T retain its position as Canada’s top university while ranking sixth among public universities in North America and 11th among public universities globally. The 2021 edition of the rankings looked at more than 2,000 universities around the world and assessed them based on research impact, quality of…

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University of Maryland to Partner Ag Students With Farmer Mentors

Michael Short, Delmarva Correspondent/University of Maryland News The University of Maryland plans to begin a mentoring program pairing agronomy students with farmers for most of their college years. It’s a pairing meant to immerse students in the community and culture of farming while giving them the benefit of experience. For farmers, it’s a chance to pass on their skills and influence a younger generation still trying to find its way. This will help students decide if farming is what they really want to do, said Bill Phillips, a professor at the University of Maryland.…

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Carnegie Mellon Graduate Brian Khoury Appears in NFL Preseason Game for New England

Carnegie Mellon University 2017 graduate Brian Khoury became the first Tartan under the direction of 36-year head coach Rich Lackner to appear in a NFL game. On Thursday, August 12, Khoury made his NFL debut as a long snapper when the Patriots hosted the Washington Football Team.

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Famous Cornel West Resigns from Harvard

Culled from Daily Mail The famous public intellectual Cornel West has dramatically quit his job at Harvard University following a tenure dispute, accusing the esteemed school of ‘spiritual rot’ and ‘superficial diversity.’ In a resignation letter he shared publicly on Monday night, 68-year-old West slammed Harvard’s administration and revealed a litany of personal and professional complaints. ‘How sad it is to see our beloved Harvard Divinity School in such decline and decay,’ he wrote in the letter. ‘The disarray of a scattered curriculum, the disenchantment of talented yet deferential faculty,…

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