Monday, October 19, 2009

Ivy Watch: Expansions and Reunions

Ivy Watch—Informative and entertaining news from around the Ivy League

Corporation Endorses Plans for New Medical Education Building
Brown University’s Corporation approved the design plans for a new Medical Education Building, which will be situated in Providence’s Jewelry District. The facility will cost $45 million, and construction is expected to begin early next year.

Columbia to Expand Global Centers in Paris and Mumbai
After opening global centers in China and Jordan, Columbia University is now focusing on Europe and South Asia. These centers create study abroad and internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Cornell Seventh in Solar Decathlon
Out of the 20 teams competing in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, Cornell University placed seventh with their Silo House design. Team Germany came in first place, followed by Team Illinois in second. The Solar Decathlon is a U.S. Energy Department sponsored competition in Washington D.C. that challenges university students to construct solar powered houses.

Cancer Info on YouTube Unreliable
A study done by Dartmouth University researchers concluded that cancer diagnosis and treatment advice provided on YouTube may be spurious. The report urged patients to seek more reliable sources of information.

Health Services to Distribute Swine Flu Vaccine
Harvard University Health Services expects to receive its first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine in two to three weeks. High priority groups like pregnant women, medical services personnel, and caretakers of young children will receive the first doses. About 300 people, mainly undergraduates, have been diagnosed with flu-like symptoms since August.

ASAP Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault
In response to the recent incidents of sexual assault in University-owned housing, the University of Pennsylvania’s Women’s Center created a new group called Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention. With 18 undergraduate members, ASAP will serve as a female counterpart to One-in-Four, Penn’s all-male sexual assault awareness group.

Sotomayor Speaks at Law School Reunion
As a graduate of Yale Law, Sonia Sotomayor spoke at her 30th reunion at Yale University this past Saturday. To an audience of 1,800, she spoke primarily about the lengthy process of her Supreme Court nomination. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.