Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been selected to lead the Association of American Universities. Coleman will take over next June from current President Hunter Rawlings III. "I am eager to continue the work of elevating the American research university as essential to our nation's prosperity, security and well-being," Coleman said.
Some colleges in South Carolina are implementing programs to help students transition to tougher college classes. Clemson University's new $13 million Academic Success Center helps students maintain their grades -- and their scholarships -- so they can graduate, while Greenville Technical College offers dual-enrollment "early college" programs for high-school students.
A Michigan school district is beefing up its social media presence in an effort to better communicate with parents, who officials say are using various social media sites. Among other efforts, the Grand Blanc School District plans to establish accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Flickr, as well as make improvements to its website. Plans now call for the district to post school closings and other information on Facebook.
Senior Jabari Johnson recently won the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. -- Bringing Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science -- competition. Jabari and 300 other New York students spent a semester writing raps about different scientific concepts as part of the after-school program Science Genius. The student's rhyme, called "Quest for Joulelry" describes the equation of force times distance equals work.
Experts recently came together to discuss top opportunities for internships. Wayne Thibodeau, director of career services at Oakland University in Michigan said there is a demand for engineering majors in automotive and related industries. Students pursuing computer science and information-technology degrees and who are social media savvy also are in high demand, he said.