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New research examines link between cerebellum and autism

Injury to the cerebellum could further our understanding of autism, according to new research by molecular biology professor Samuel Wang. Using the preexisting anatomical and clinical work from the last five to 10 years, Wang’s new idea merges much of the scientific literature exploring a connection between damage to the cerebellum and autism. “Brain development requires internal communication within the brain, and what we suggest is that that internal communication gets disrupted in cases that lead to autism,”Wang said. His research is different from previous research that links the cerebellum to autism because he introduces the concept of sensitive periods. “The sensitive period idea is like this: If you learn a language before the age of six, you speak like a native.

U. to launch bike-sharing program in late fall

]]>The University will pilot its own bike-sharingprogram beginning in the late fall, organized by the University’s transportation and parking department. The pilotbike-sharingprogram will consist of 10 bicycles available for rental at the new Dinky station.

OIT installs new color printer in Frist

The Office of Information Technologypartnered with Frist Campus Center as part of its color printing initiativeto install a new Xerox 7500DN color printer on the Frist 300 level. There was only one color printer available in Frist prior to this installation.

Study reveals that average citizens wield minimal political power

New research produced by politics professor Martin Gilens andpolitical science professor at Northwestern University Benjamin Page shows that average citizens have little to no influence on the outcome of government policy. The data used in Page and Gilens' research consisted of 1,779 pieces of U.S.

News & Notes: Top 30 Thinkers Under 30

The Pacific Standardnamed E. Glen Weyl ’07, Alisha Holland ’07, Eugene Yi GS '13, Andrew Kim GS and Nicholas Carnes GS '11 as members of the Top 30 Thinkers under 30.

Class of 2014 only allowed two guests for Reunions

The University has reduced the number of guests that graduating seniors are allowed to bring to the 2014 Reunions in an attempt to slow down the growing Reunions attendance numbers. Graduating seniors were allowed to purchase tickets for up to five guests for Reunions in previous years.

Jadwin Hall being renovated to improve energy efficiency

The University is reassessing the efficiency of Jadwin Hall, which houses the physics department, as part of an effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emission rates to 1990 levels by 2020. The University’s greenhouse gas emission totaled 95,455 metric tons in 1990.Emissions rose by approximately 20,000 over about a 20-year period, reaching a high in 2008. One major renovation that recently took place in Jadwin was the replacement of air handling systems and duct work.

Student groups to request funds through Student Activities Funding Engine

Student groups and organizations will now request funds for events and activities using the Student Activities Funding Engine website, which was launched last year to streamline summer funding requests.SAFE will now be the universal engine through which students make all their funding requests. The first phase of implementing SAFE, which began in the winter of 2013, allowed individual students to request funds for expenses, including those for senior thesis research, internships and study abroad over the summer.