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Firing of an NYU Chemistry Professor Is a Contentious One

Students had issues with Dr. Maitland Jones Jr.'s organic chemistry course

(Newser) - When it comes to organic chemistry, Dr. Maitland Jones Jr. wrote the book. Literally. The author of the 1,300-page textbook Organic Chemistry, which is now in its fifth edition, spent his career at Princeton before retiring and teaching the subject at New York University under a series of yearly...

NYU's Unwanted Distinction: High Debt Loads for Grads
NYU Diplomas Often Come
With a Large Burden

NYU Diplomas Often Come With a Large Burden

'Wall Street Journal': Grads and parents have unusually high debt loads

(Newser) - The story begins with an anecdote about a 28-year-old woman selling her eggs—five times, actually—to make ends meet. The twist is that she has a master's from NYU, and the Wall Street Journal reports that her plight will be familiar to other grads from the school. "...

Driving Pancreatic Cancer: a 'Fungal Invasion'
Driving Pancreatic
Cancer: a 'Fungal Invasion'

Driving Pancreatic Cancer: a 'Fungal Invasion'

Scientists say fungi move from gut to pancreas, significantly increase in number, spur tumor growth

(Newser) - An organ once deemed "sterile" may actually be teeming with fungi, and certain varieties there may be promoting cancer. New research in the journal Nature notes that even though it's already known bacteria is able to move from the gut to the pancreas, it wasn't clear whether...

Good News for NYU Medical Students: Free Tuition

The school has raised $450 million for the program

(Newser) - New York University has a plan to encourage more medical students to pursue careers in lower-paying specialties: alleviate the six-figure debt that comes with pursuing a medical degree. To do that, NYU will now give all of its medical students a free ride, the Wall Street Journal reports. The huge...

Dose of Magic Mushrooms Had Big Effect on Cancer Patients

A single dose of psilocybin in a controlled setting appears to reap long-term benefits

(Newser) - Hallucinogens are back on the table—at least when it comes to clinical trials. Hundreds of trials in the 1940s and 1950s studied their effects, but since their ban in the late '60s the research all but stopped, reports the New York Times . Nowadays, though, drugs like MDMA (think...

Broken-Heart Syndrome Is Real—and Dangerous

Study points to possible calming remedies, including yoga

(Newser) - Roberta Silver was driving along when her heart began to pound. Later at a hospital, she was told that she had suffered a heart attack. But the tests disagreed. "I had no blockage, nothing," Silver says. Ultimately, doctors changed the diagnosis to broken-heart syndrome . Some researchers now believe...

Detained NYU Student Says N. Korea Is Great

Pyongyang paraded Joo Won-moon, 21, in front of media today

(Newser) - A South Korean citizen and resident of the US who has been detained in North Korea for five months was presented to the media in Pyongyang today and said he hasn't been able to contact his family but wanted them to know he's healthy. Joo Won-moon, 21, a...

NYU Prof: I Got Fired for Giving a 'D' to James Franco

And Jose Angel Santana is suing, of course

(Newser) - James Franco's stint as a student at NYU is the gift that keeps on giving. A professor who gave him a D in acting class say he got fired for doing so and is suing the university for his job back, reports the New York Post . Jose Angel Santana...

NYU Plans 2 Classes on Occupy
 NYU Plans 2 Classes on Occupy

NYU Plans 2 Classes on Occupy

Undergraduates and graduate students alike can study movement

(Newser) - Occupy Wall Street 101? New York University is offering not one, but two classes on the protest movement next semester, the Wall Street Journal reports. One course will be offered to undergraduates for credit as part of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis; the class has a rotating focus...

NYU Professor Has to Pull 'Head Cam' After Surgery

Body rejects device, but he plans to try again

(Newser) - The price of performance art: A professor at NYU has pulled out the camera implanted in the back of his head because his body rejected it, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education . The contraption—designed to snap a photo every minute for this website —also caused Iraqi-born Wafaa Bilial...

James Franco Got a D in Acting Class

Must have been one tough NYU prof

(Newser) - James Franco, who may be headed for an Oscar nomination for his role in 127 Hours, took an acting class at NYU … and got a D. “I did the work, I did well in everything else,” he tells Showbiz411 , attributing his low grade to lots of absences—...

Daughter Demands Topless Films by Artist Dad

Larry Rivers filmed breast development as 'art'

(Newser) - A daughter of the late artist Larry Rivers is battling New York University to take control of topless videos of her shot by her father when she was an adolescent. A trove of Rivers' works purchased by NYU includes extensive film of his two young daughters, naked or topless, being...

Library of Congress Immortalizes Jackson's 'Thriller'
 Library of Congress 
 Immortalizes Jackson's 'Thriller' 
national treasure

Library of Congress Immortalizes Jackson's 'Thriller'

It's the first music video to make the National Film Registry

(Newser) - Michael Jackson has scored another posthumous honor: The Library of Congress has selected his "Thriller" video to be among the 25 films added this year to the National Film Registry. It's the first music video to make the cut. Other honorees include The Muppet Movie, Dog Day Afternoon, Pillow ...

Surgeon General Nominee Consults for Burger King

Benjamin served on fast-food company's nutritional advisory panel

(Newser) - Burger King has paid Regina Benjamin, President Obama’s pick for surgeon general, $10,000 this year for serving on an advisory panel to the fast-food giant, the Washington Times reports. Administration reps say the Alabama physician used her position on Burger King’s nutritional advisory board to advocate for...

Baldwin to CNN Anchor: I'll Run If I Want To
Baldwin to CNN Anchor: I'll Run If I Want To

Baldwin to CNN Anchor: I'll Run If I Want To

Would-be pol threatens to discuss hit-and-run bust...whoops

(Newser) - CNN’s Jack Cafferty sneered at Alec Baldwin’s possible entry into politics yesterday, noting that while newly sworn-in Sen. Al Franken is “Harvard educated,” Baldwin’s “credentials are questionable”—and the NYU grad is having none of it. “Perhaps New York University should print...

Now NYU Goofs on Acceptance Notices

Congrats, you've been accepted —not!

(Newser) - Just to make college admission a tad more excruciating, New York University has become the latest school to screw up on college acceptance notices, reports the Los Angeles Times. Some 500 rejected applicants were erroneously emailed last week that they had been accepted into an NYU graduate program. Officials blamed...

Best Undergrad Biz Schools
Best Undergrad Biz Schools

Best Undergrad Biz Schools

Wharton keeps the top spot for undergraduate business education

(Newser) - The financial world may be on its ear, but undergraduate business schools are booming as increasing numbers of quality high school grads drive up standards and B-school grads command more on the employment market. Here are the 10 best, as ranked by Business Week:
  1. Pennsylvania (Wharton): Can be too competitive.

Murder Charge for Boyfriend of NYU Student

Suspect slits wrists, confesses to killing 20-year-old

(Newser) - The ex-boyfriend of a New York University student found dead Sunday has been charged with her murder, the New York Post reports. Michael Cordero told his brother-in-law he'd killed her, in a jealous rage, then slit his wrists and fled. He was chased by both family members and cops and...

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