Celebrities not liable for public health

Constantly in the spotlight and admired by millions, celebrities are often looked to as role models and examples of supreme health and fitness. But these prominent figures should not be held responsible for the public welfare despite the irrational ideology that shifts accountability to these famous individuals who have their own lives to manage.

Record number chosen for JAMP

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A record number of pre-med students were chosen for this year’s Joint Admission Medical Program, a coveted state-funded scholarship program that admitted more students from the University than from any other private school in Texas.

Taxonomists ‘carpe’ Jan. 1 as end of Latin requirement

The title page of "Systema Naturae," a book by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus published in 1735. His work laid the foundation for bionomial nomenclature.

Botanists et al excitedly celebrated the new year as the stroke of midnight marked the expiration of an archaic mandate that newly discovered species be described in Latin. This revision eliminates a major inefficiency and could greatly expedite conservation efforts of many of the plant, algae and fungi yet to be named.

The Weather Men

Senior Mike Winters and Dr. Robert Towery, professor in chemistry, stand by the weather station on the Cullen Science Center.

The sleek, unassuming contraption meticulously tracks activity on campus from above: from the University Academic Center to the Hinton Center to Husky Village, nearly all of campus is within its sight. But this eye in the sky takes no interest in spying on students or analyzing campus happenings. It is here to report the weather.

Chinese ‘trash’ journals set example

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In response to lax standards for scientific publications, the Chinese government has recently implemented strategies to purge the country of its “trash journals” that rarely cite sources. This necessary move, intended to improve worldwide respect for the nation’s scientific literature, demonstrates the importance of research skills developed on the college level.

Chemistry and curveballs: All-star science student bats nearly 4.0

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She’s the meticulous chemist, clad in goggles and latex gloves, who precisely measures concentrated hydrochloric acid in a graduated cylinder to test the viability of a di-metal complex as a substitute for porphorin in DNA.
A few hours later, she’s the seasoned softball player who confidently approaches the pitcher’s mound, determined to retire the final batter in order to secure the conference championship.

Freshman mean SAT score increases by 12 points

The class of 2015 achieved a mean SAT score of 1096, an all-time high for the Sloan administration that marks the second year of higher combined critical reading and mathematics scores for incoming students.

Retention improves nearly 5 percent

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Freshman retention has increased nearly 5 percent, from last year’s 62.6 percent to 67.2 percent, according to the latest retention report released Sept. 13 by the office of institutional research and effectiveness. This figure falls five points below that of the class that entered in fall 2008.

Morale up after complex reopens

It took three weeks and more than 1,000 red crates to relocate the offices of nearly 100 faculty, staff and students across campus after the Brown Administrative Complex reopened this summer.