Higher Ed

Higher ed news roundup, Nov. 8

Senior Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Fulbright to focus on public policy

The State Department added a new option to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for students to research and work in international public policy. Fellows will “serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions” while conducting research, according to the State Department website. Applications opened last week for the fellowship, which will send its first fellows abroad in the 2012-13 academic year and will be offered in 11 countries including Nepal and Haiti.

Study debunks ‘freshman 15′ myth

The “freshman 15” is more like the “freshman 3,” according to a national study headed by Ohio State University Research Scientist Jay Zagorsky, the Columbus Chronicle reported. “People who go to college do gain a little bit more than similar people who don’t go to college, but it’s not really that much extra,” Zagorsky told the Chronicle. There is only a half-pound difference in average weight gain among undergraduates and their peers who do not attend college, according to the New York Times. Most of the weight gained by undergrads comes from over-drinking, the Chronicle reported.

Stanford receives 150M, establishes new institute

With a $150 million gift, the Stanford Graduate School of Business announced the establishment of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. The donation comprises a $100 million gift and a pledge to match up to $50 million more in other contributions. The institute, funded by Dorothy and Robert King, aims “to stimulate, develop and disseminate research and innovations that enable entrepreneurs, managers and leaders to alleviate poverty in developing economies,” according to the Stanford Graduate School of Business website.

“We believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are the engines of growth to lift people out of poverty,” King said in a Stanford statement, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

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