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Documentary Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer Scores 'Genius' Award

A Jewish documentary filmmaker who documented abuses in Indonesia was among 21 winners of $625,000 "genius" grants, the U.S. organization awarding them said. Joshua Oppenheimer, 39, whose "The Act of Killing" shines a light on death squads after a failed communist-led coup attempt in Indonesia in the 1960s joined a gay marriage advocate, a physicist modeling brain activity, a psychologist studying racial bias in policing, and a cartoonist exploring family life as fellows named by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Related Topix: The Act of Killing, Gay/Lesbian, Pennsylvania, University of New Hampshire

1 hr ago | The Campbell Reporter

Palo Alto: School board candidates tout their differences

For the second time in less than a week, the five candidates running for the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education gathered at a forum to make the case for why they should be elected. Two seats on the five-member body are up for grabs on Nov. 4, with incumbents Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom electing not to run again.


Related Topix: Education Etc., Santa Clara County, CA, Palo Alto, CA

5 hrs ago | Los Angeles Times

MacArthur Foundation names 2014 fellows

From poets and playwrights to psychologists and computer scientists, the MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday night unveiled its list of 2014 fellows. Among the 21 fellows is Jennifer Eberhardt, 49, a social psychologist from Stanford University.


Related Topix: The Act of Killing, University of Pittsburgh, Michigan

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Seattle Times

Natural gas alone isn’t magic weapon against climate change

This well, fracked last fall by EagleRidge Energy, lies next door to the University of North Texas football field in the city of Denton, Texas. More than 250 gas wells have been drilled within the city limits.


Related Topix: University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Marquette University, Nuclear Energy

The Fresno Bee

Arthur Wiebe, president who led growth of Fresno Pacific University, dies

Longtime educator Arthur Wiebe, who helped transform Fresno Pacific University from a Bible college into a four-year accredited program, died Sunday. He was 94. Mr. Wiebe served as Fresno Pacific's president from 1960 to 1975.


Related Topix: Pacific University, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA, Cal State Fresno

Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Jose Ignacio Rael

Editor's Note: This is a feature in a series profiling some of Amarillo's prominent leaders in the Hispanic community. The Amarillo Globe-News will publish one story each day from Sept.


Related Topix: Amarillo, TX, Downtown (Washington, DC)

Business Wire

BASIS Independent Schools Open Flagship Schools on Both Coasts

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley and BASIS Independent Brooklyn welcome founding classes in California and New York; Largest private school opening in history )--In an unprecedented move, BASIS Independent Schools announces the opening of not one but two new private schools in the most globally advanced and competitive educational markets in America. BASIS Independent Silicon Valley and BASIS Independent Brooklyn begin classes with the largest first-year enrollment recorded by any private school group in the country.


Related Topix: Brooklyn, NY, New York, NY

Silicon Alley Insider

The 20 Best Universities In The World

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has retained its top spot in the QS World Universities ranking , which the education networking company says is the world's most widely read university comparison. This is the third consecutive year QS has rated MIT number one.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University


UP oblation

The University of the Philippines in Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University improved their standings in the 2014-2015 World University Rankings published Tuesday by education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds . UP hiked its overall ranking to 367th place from 380th in the 2013-14 list.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Essex County, England, World News, United Kingdom, Greater London County, England, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University

The Badger Herald Online

Class Critic: exploring the many different kinds of college-themed films

As I begin my last semester of my undergraduate years, I find myself wanting to watch more and more films pertaining to the collegiate experience. Though my life barely mirrors the Hollywood version of what college should be, I get a little misty-eyed when I see the debauchery of a college party onscreen, red Solo cups and all.


Related Topix: Admission, Celebrities, Tina Fey

Medical News Today

Brain study shows dyslexia impacts mathematical processing

In the first known study of its kind, researchers have identified brain activity that links dyslexia to difficulty with math. The findings from the Georgetown University Medical Center study are published in the Nov. 1 issue of the journal NeuroImage , now online.


Related Topix: Georgetown University, Medicine

Los Angeles Times

Natural gas contaminated drinking water in Texas, study says

Natural gas production near homes in a Texas subdivision contaminated residents' well water, according to a study published Monday. The discovery was made in a community where the Environmental Protection Agency halted its own investigation two years ago.


Related Topix: Environmental Law, Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Parker County, TX

Mon Sep 15, 2014


Special Report-Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks

Major U.S. poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to human health. Internal records examined by Reuters reveal that some of the nation's largest poultry producers routinely feed chickens an array of antibiotics - not just when sickness strikes, but as a standard practice over most of the birds' lives.


Related Topix: Food and Drug Administration

WNYC-AM New York

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

The words we use for everyday foods contain clues to their origins and hint at their ancient travels across the globe as they merge, fuse and sometimes take on different forms altogether. Stanford University linguist Dan Jurafsky unpacked some of the history Friday with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel and in his book, The Language of Food .


Related Topix: Life, Food, Dining, Seafood, Recipes

Accuracy In Academia

Common Core's Revenge

The Pioneer Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank, released a new study, "The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S." to help parents, teachers, and policymakers understand the problems with the Common Core State Standards. Authors Robert Phelps and Common Core Validation Committee member R. James Milgram go in-depth on the background of the Common Core standards and the qualifications of the writers of the standards.


Related Topix: Standardized Testing, Education, Mathematics, Science, England, AR

Peter Thiel On Why Everything Good Is Actually Bad And Vice Versa

I've been covering the business of news, information and entertainment in one form or another for more than 10 years. In February 2014, I moved to San Francisco to cover the tech beat.


Related Topix: San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA, Startups, Facebook

JD Supra

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014 #2

Politically "red" and "blue" states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today with prominent bi-partisan support. In the last two years alone, GOP-dominant red states have adopted policies that could serve as models for others seeking to meet proposed federal targets for reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, according to the "State Clean Energy Cookbook" by Stanford University and the Hoover Institution.


Related Topix: Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Solar Energy, Nuclear Energy, San Diego County, CA

Star Phoenix

Renowned researcher to speak in Saskatoon

Saskatoon residents should be proud of the work being done at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron on the University of Saskatchewan campus, says an internationally renowned AIDS researcher in town for a series of public lectures. "It is very well-known in scientific circles," said Alex Wlodawer of the Washington D.C.-based National Cancer Institute, one of the largest health research bodies in the world.


Related Topix: Canada, HIV/AIDS, Health

Who Do You Need On Your Startup Team?

I moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, Columbia University and Caltech after 21 years in 8 high-tech startups. My book The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup movement.


Related Topix: UC Berkeley, Columbia University

Pollution Online

New Stanford Report Features U.S. States Pioneering Effective...

With growing gridlock in Washington, states throughout the country both red and blue are implementing innovative renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs which could be adopted by their neighbors to improve their economies and reduce emissions cost-effectively, according to a new joint study by Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. These policies could be particularly valuable as states develop plans to meet pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations to cut power plant carbon emissions.


Related Topix: Santa Clara County, CA, Stanford, CA, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Environment, Science, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency