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Under a newDepartment of Homeland Securityrule, some international students at the University may be eligible to work and remain in the United States for a longer time post-graduation.With the new regulation that will go into effect May 10, international students who have a degree in designated science, technology, engineering and math related fields may pursue a F1 Optional Practical Training visa for up to 24 months, Assistant Director for International Students at the Davis International Center MladenkaTomasevic said.This extends the current 17-month STEM OPT visa limit.International students comprise around 12 percent of undergraduate student body and about 40 percent of the graduate student body.
Scientists working on gene editing need to talk about the responsible use of such techniques, geneticist Jennifer Doudna said ina lecture on Monday.
Doudna, one of the key players behind the discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technique, said that in early 2014 a lab in China published a paper about their use of this technique in monkey embryos.
Starting August 2016, 20 Washington Road will house most international programs, including the Davis International Center, and the Economics Department, according to Vice Provost for Space Programming and Planning Paul LaMarche.
The building at 20 Washington Rd.
The classroom is a microcosm of the nation and is a space to rehearse democracy and thus conversations about who participates in the classroom should be encouraged, Dean of the College Jill Dolan noted in a panel discussion on the gender politics of the classrooms on Tuesday.
Panelist Marni Morse ’17 noted that both students and professors play key roles in maintaining a respectful environment in the classroom while still promoting lively discussions.
The new Butler College Innovation Space, or iSpace, aims to be a hub for budding entrepreneurs, Butler College Director of Studies Matthew Lazen said.
The iSpace is located in the basement of Wu Hall and was officially inaugurated last November.
The walls of the space are covered with whiteboards, and the movable tables can also be written on with dry-erase markers so that spontaneous ideas can be jotted down, according to John Danner, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering who was involved during construction process.
The University has assigned temporary affinity rooms in the Fields Center to the black, African-American, Latinx, Asian, Asian-American, Arab and Middle-Eastern student communities, Vice President for Campus Life W.
The Council of the Princeton University Community discussed diversifying the faculty and graduate student bodies through creation of new fellowship programs and better recruitment at its monthly meeting on Monday.Dean of the Faculty Deborah Prentice said that the solution to increasing diversity lies in understanding the “pipeline” problem, which means that while 17 percent of the undergraduate population is made up of underrepresented minorities, this number falls to 7 percent in the graduate student population and almost completely disappears at higher levels, including postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty and senior faculty.Increasing faculty diversity will require a broad-based approach that tackles all stages of the pipeline, she said.Citing the Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity in 2013, Prentice noted the University has overall become more diverse since 1980, but has very little growth in the percentage of certain underrepresented minorities — blacks and Hispanics.The report recommends faculty initiatives, which include refining the search process to yield more female and underrepresented minority candidates by creating watch-lists and tracking potential candidates, and improving recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities by creating family-friendly initiatives and implementing cluster hiring, she added.“Historically, we have not paid much attention to [postdoctoral fellows] because they have been squirreled away in their labs across various parts of the campus, so much of the work lies in strengthening the sense of community amongst the post-docs,” Prentice said.Other initiatives include the development of a new competitive, honorific fellowship program to attract the top women and underrepresented minority candidates, she said.As for initiatives at the graduate student level, the work mainly lies in improving the selection process and creating bridge-year and summer programs to attract students who might not have otherwise considered graduate school, Prentice added.“The decision to hire a certain faculty finally lies with the academic department itself, so there needs to be strong leadership from faculty that are already in the department,” Prentice explained.She noted the molecular biology department of the University as a "best practice" case, where underrepresented minority populations in the graduate school went from 4 percent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2012, within the four years of the implementation of diversity programs.Prentice explained in the report's notes that the partnership between academic departments, administration and the Board of Trustees is key to setting up diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Plants are smart and change their nitrogen-fixing strategies based on their environments, a study by ecology and evolutionary biology professors Lars Hedin and Simon Levin found.The paper, published in the journal Nature Plants, looks at plants as smart and strategic beings rather than as passive features of the environment.“The approach we have taken, appropriating agency to plants, is a rather unique one and is one of the strengths of the ecology and evolutionary biology department here at Princeton,” Hedin said.Levin, who has worked on this problem along with Hedin for over ten years, said that this paper is the culmination of much effort and hard work that began with a review paper by Hedin in 2009 that set up the question of distribution of nitrogen fixers in different biomes.The counterintuitive distribution of nitrogen fixing plants in tropical and non-tropical environments has been a long-standing question in ecology.
The main issues addressed by the presidential candidates at the Undergraduate Student Governmentpresidential and vice presidential debate on Sunday includedensuring the USGis a unified voice representing all student groups, making the pass/D/fail option rescindable and providing better facilities for student mental health.Presidential candidate Aleksandra Czulak ’17 emphasized the importance of collaboration, action and results.
The story of Medicare and Medicaid is one in which the public sector has helped to finance the growth and development of the private sector, Wilson school professor Keith Wailoo, co-editor of the new book “Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America's Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care,” said in a panel discussion onMonday.The panel discussed the original vision behind Medicare and Medicaid, the momentous transformation events since their initiation and how the two programs are likely to unfold in the future.Wailoo explained that Medicare was initially designed to evade criticisms that had been built up against national healthcare.“So the elderly were identified as a deserving part of the population, out of the workforce and unable to afford healthcare; benefits were defined very narrowly and linked to social security,” he said.He added that the motivation for Medicaid stemmed from the federal system becoming a limiting factor; the federal government had to negotiate state by state the benefits of the program because the rubrics for benefits were not standardized.Wailoo explained that although it was well defined what would fall under the rubric of Medicaid coverage, Medicaid ended up covering gaps that any national policy had been reluctant to cover over the decades, including HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, children’s health in the 1990s, disability and mental health.Speaking of the challenges faced by Medicare and Medicaid, sociology professor Paul Starr, a contributor to the book, said that there were many elderly who believed that Medicare was “their” program and were not open to the idea of it being expanded to everyone.Wilson school professor Uwe Reinhardt, another contributor to the book, also explained that financial profit amongst private health care providers was a strong barrier to repealing the program.Wilson school professor Julian Zelizer, co-editor of the book, added that once the policies were in place, health spending per elderly person grew less rapidlyover timecompared to health spending per young person.
The Undergraduate Honor Committee has made an amendment to its constitution to allow it to be more accessible to students,Honor Committee chair Dallas Nan ’16 said.
The amendment was approved on Oct.
The Davis International Center Advisory Board will dissolve and its roles will be taken by the International Student Association of Princeton and International Center leaders, previously known as International Orientation leaders, DICAB president Audrey Chebet ’18 said.Chebet said that DICAB would continue to play its role on campus until February 2016.Valeria Ibarcena ’17, an intern at the Davis Center, explained that the roles DICAB currently plays are being transferred to IC leaders and ISAP.