While the University has come a long way since its beginning in terms of addressing issues of discrimination on campus, the initial bar was very low and it still has a long way to go, panelists and members of the community said in a public colloquium Saturday hosted by the Black Justice League.The event featured panels and presentations by African American studies professors Joshua Guild, Eddie Glaude, Ruha Benjamin, Tera Hunter and Cornel West GS '80.Guild and Wilglory Tanjong ’18 began with a joint presentation, titled “Why Here?
While members of the first class of concentrators in the new neuroscience program appreciate the concentration’s tutorial-based system and the chance to pursue their passion, some students expressed concern about heavy requirements and the lack of information regarding independent work.Alice Tao ’17, a neuroscience major, said that she was initially planning to major in chemistry but was more interested in the required courses listed on the website for the neuroscience concentration.“I just like the classes and I was thinking of about doing research at [the Princeton Neuroscience Institute] anyway and so it was just a better fit,” Tao said.Dominique Fahmy ’17 said she came in already interested in neuroscience and the introduction of the program was an opportune moment to pursue the concentration.“It was like a godsend because it was right when I was like ‘What am I going to do with myself?’ ” Fahmy said.Nicole Katchur ’17, who started in chemical and biological engineering before switching to molecular biology, said she knew she wanted to concentrate in neuroscience when she was around pediatric neurologists after her older sister had a traumatic brain injury.However, students have also expressed concern about the major’s heavy requirements and prerequisites.Neuroscience departmental representative and professor of psychology Asif Ghazanfar and co-director of the PNI Jonathan Cohen did not respond to multiple requests for comment.According to the neuroscience concentration’s website, the concentration lists a minimum of 16 courses required for the course of study.
The faculty discussed a motion to accept revised guidelines regarding online courses under the University’s copyright policyat the faculty meeting on Monday. The motion was rejected due to a lack of consensus and deferred for later discussion. The University began offering noncredit courses online in April 2012 on Coursera and launched its first massive open online course that summer. The University’s copyright policy says it does not normally make claims on the copyrights of the products of the teaching and research of its faculty.
Dean of the College Valerie Smith will leave her position to become the president of Swarthmore College on July 1. Swarthmore’s Board of Managers named Smith on Feb.
Hilary Beard ’84 won a 2015 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Award earlier this month for a book she coauthored in 2014, "Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life."The book, a companion to the Sundance award-winning documentary American Promise, is part of that film’s campaign to support young African-American men in fulfilling their potential and closing the educational achievement gap.
Love and encouragement play critical roles in facilitating family relationships between parents and children with physical, mental and social disabilities, Andrew Solomon said in a lecture on Tuesday.Solomon is the founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT studies at Yale and a professor of Clinical Studies at Columbia University.Solomon, who was awarded the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, discussed his latest work, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity," recounting his work with families over the course of 11 years in regard to schizophrenia, deafness, autism and sexual identity.Solomon shared many narratives, one of which involved an individual named Clinton Brown, born with diastrophic dysplasia or “dwarfism." Brown’s parents were told by doctors that he likely would not survive and he was given a dire prognosis.However, his family took him home, and since then he has undergone 30 major surgeries and became the first person in his family to go to college.“The language we use around these experiences can determine in many ways the outcome," Solomon said.Solomon also discussed his own journey in coming out as an LGBT person.“When I was perhaps six years old, I went with my mother and brother to a shoe store," Solomon said.
An Undergraduate Student Government referendum calling for a three-week winter break during the 2015-16 academic year opened for voting online on Monday.
The University reported $40,000 in lobbying-related expenses on science-related nominations, among other issues, in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a disclosure report filed by the University with the U.S.
GirlCode app developers Victor Zhou ’18 and twin sisters Amanda and Monica Shi ’18 said this week that they will be taking down the app due to “pressure from the administration.” They recently launched the app on the iTunes Store that makes the codes for women’s bathrooms in University residential spaces accessible to anyone who downloaded the app. The app had been taken down as of Sunday. The creators said that the decision to shut down the app was made during a private meeting on Wednesday with three representatives from the Department of Public Safety, Housing and Real Estate Services and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.
Victor Zhou ’18 and twin sisters Monica and Amanda Shi ’18 launched an app on the iTunes store called "GirlCode" after Winter Break.