Harvard poll shows trouble for health care, frustration with politics among millennials (via PBS News Hour)
By: Aileen Graef Students have a discussion about the Affordable Care Act with a supporter of the law at an awareness event at Santa Monica City College in Santa Monica, Calif. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Young people enrolling in health care…
2014 American Rhodes Scholars By School (via http://www.fiestafrog.com)
Thirty -two students from the United States were named Rhodes Scholars, the winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes. These students will receive…
Many college presidents across the country are negotiating huge exit packages when they step down. Schools and public records say:
Lawrence S. Bacow, president emeritus of Tufts, received $1.7 million in 2011 for “end of service compensation.” At Harvard, president Lawrence Summers kept his presidential salary of $580,000 for several years after he stepped down in 2006. And Wellesley College had two former presidents on its payroll in the last six years, including one who received $430,000 a year for two years after she retired and her duties ended.
Former Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz has received at least $1.2 million more from Brandeis since his 2010 retirement and is in line to receive hundreds of thousands more in coming years.
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When Does College Spring Break 2014 Start? (via http://www.fiestafrog.com)
Here’s a list of the dates that different colleges start their Spring Break 2014, just in case you haven’t started making plans yet. Let us know where you plan to go for Spring Break 2014 in the comments section below!
Rank And File: American Universities Search For New Ranking Systems (via www.wiredacademic.com)
A sample “dashboard” from the Voluntary Institutional Metrics Project. By Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report He may be the leader of the free world, but when President Barack Obama proposed that the government grade universities based on their cost…
Suffolk University will break ground this week on a $62 million, 10-story academic building in downtown Boston.
The project, approved by the city in February, is part of an effort by Suffolk to move parts of its campus away from residential areas of Beacon Hill, where neighbors have complained about noise, traffic and other problems from the high volume of students around their homes.
The university paid the state $8 million to buy the property where the former headquarters of the Metropolitan District Commission stood before it was demolished this summer.
Suffolk first proposed building a 22-story dorm for the site in 2006. That plan faced criticism from some neighbors and city officials. The university later received city approval for a 10-story art and design school building before announcing its latest plan at the start of this year to change the classroom space to science and general academic use.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected to join university officials for the groundbreaking scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Everyone has heard of parents who do their grade schooler’s science project or are overly involved in their kids’ social lives. But the infamous helicopter parents, hovering over their younger children, are now transitioning into so-called snowplow parents, trying to smooth a path for their kids even after they’ve started college.
A growing number can’t seem to let go. Blame it on technology or anxiety or habit — some parents remain so involved that they are leaving their college-age kids anxious, depressed, and ill-equipped to deal with matters both small and large, according to experts.
Amid the buzz over Twitter’s initial public offering, social media giant Facebook on Thursday quietly announced that it’s building an engineering team in Cambridge, complimenting similar teams in London, New York, Seattle, and Menlo Park, California.
Ryan Mack, the designated site lead for “Facebook Boston,” wrote on Facebook that he moved to the East Coast with his wife two and a half years ago after she was offered a job at an “awesome biotech startup” in Boston. He began working remotely from the Boston area with other Facebook engineers, including a stint working out of a basement in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. Mack called the Boston area an “easy choice” for a new office.
Since he moved to the area, Facebook has “helped more than 1.19 billion people around the world connect on Facebook.” re-tooled its engineering organization to focus on mobile first, and taken on an effort “to help connect the next 5 billion people on the planet,” according to Mack.
“We've faced some unprecedented engineering and infrastructure challenges to get to this point, and now we're facing a whole new set. We're going to need even more help to meet those new challenges, so we've decided to start building a new engineering team in Boston,” he wrote. “Our engineering culture is incredibly important to us, so we are very deliberate when it comes to expanding that culture to new locations. But in many ways, Boston was an easy choice. The tech community here is world-class, from the incredible academic institutions to the vibrant startup ecosystem to the bevy of global companies who have teams here. We are thrilled to have found a new home here and hope we can help the community continue to thrive.”
Mack said the Boston team will “start small” and urged potential employees to check their Boston jobs page.
In a Thursday morning email, Facebook’s Alex Hollander included a quote from House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who 18 months ago wrote a letter on the Menlo Park Patch site urging Facebook to open a business office in Massachusetts.
DeLeo saluted the company’s plans to open an office in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge - the Facebook Boston page pinpoints the office at 1 Broadway in Cambridge.
“I welcome the decision of Facebook, a global brand name in the realm of social media, to open an office in Massachusetts,” DeLeo said in a statement. “For almost two years, I have been talking about our efforts to encourage Facebook to have a presence here in Massachusetts, where the idea for the company was first born. This announcement reinforces our state’s standing as a place where innovators and technology companies want to be and positions us for the further growth of our innovation economy.”
As Facebook Boston got its page up and running Thursday, so did DeLeo.
DeLeo's brand new Facebook page, created around 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the page itself, features a photo of the Winthrop Democrat in front of a sandcastle in the shape of Fenway Park. It features two posts, one a link to Facebook's announcement about the Cambridge office and the other a quote from DeLeo welcoming the company.
"So pleased that eighteen months after writing to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook announces a return to Massachusetts. Welcome back!" wrote DeLeo, who plans a late-morning press conference in his office to discuss the news.
Meet the student hackers behind the 'Plaid Parliament of Pwning' (via PBS News Hour)
By: Elisabeth Ponsot Earlier this year, the “Plaid Parliament of Pwning” team held a hacking contest for high school students called “Toaster Wars.”Consider a phone charger that not only charges your smartphone, but also scans any Android device…