A study showed an increase in student buy-in over time when colleges and universities introduce a new course into the curriculum. Researchers found strong initial resistance to a student-centered biology course, but by the fourth year of the course, positive student reaction to learning gains made more students accept and want to take the class.
Some colleges, such as Hendrix College in Arkansas, are using winter break time to invite students back to campus to learn career skills and prepare for life after graduation. Some programs teach the finer points of interview skills and resume-building, while other colleges set up opportunities to shadow other workers and network with alumni.
More than 20 private colleges and universities in the US have cut their tuition prices over the past three years to increase enrollment, especially among first-time and lower-income students. David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, says such moves help schools catch the attention of students applying for college.
A $2.5 million gift from JPMorgan Chase will fund two scholarship programs aimed at supporting students from diverse backgrounds at Ohio State University. James Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, says the donation is the largest ever given to the school's diversity office.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced plans to invest $8.7 million in computer science classes and training as part of the state's PAsmart workforce-development initiative. The funding will promote science, technology, engineering and math education and help prepare students for 21st-century careers.
Wayne State University is piloting a program with Microsoft to help prepare students for technical careers in Michigan. As part of the program, students will have access to the Microsoft Professional Program curriculum.
US and German researchers found that individuals with an Alzheimer's disease-risk allele had elevated levels of neurofilament light chain protein, which has been linked to brain damage, in their blood and cerebrospinal fluid at baseline, as well as greater gains in NfL levels more than 16 years before Alzheimer's onset, compared with those without the allele. The findings in Nature Medicine also showed shrinking of the precuneus and worse cognitive test scores among those with increasing NfL levels, prompting researchers to suggest the use of NfL as a biomarker for monitoring Alzheimer's progression.
The remains of tiny creatures hidden under ice and mud for thousands of years have been found in samples from Antarctica's Lake Mercer, according to researchers with the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access expedition. Scientists are doing DNA tests to help identify the remains, which resemble spiders, crustaceans and a tardigrade.
A flint arrowhead found lodged in the rib of a mammoth suggests ice age hunters used javelins to bring down the massive creatures around 25,000 years ago, according to scientists at the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The find is the first indicator of exactly how ice age Europeans hunted large animals.