Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Have your political views been predetermined by your brain structure or has your brain structure changed as a result of your views? Is it possible that you were born with right or left leanings? A fascinating new study conducted by scientists at University College London should spark not only interesting political debate, but raise some questions about nature versus nurture as well.
Colin Firth commissioned this study and he says he did so as "fairly frivolous exercise." The British actor says he wanted to find out what was biologically wrong with people who disagree with him.
The University College London scientists scanned the brains of 90 students and those of both a conservative and liberal member of Parliament. They found that individuals with conservative tendencies have a larger amygdala. This is the region of the brain though to be responsible for emotions like fear. This region in the center of the brain was recently the subject of news articles about a woman who couldn't experience fear because her amygdala was damaged. It would be interesting to know what her political views are.
Scientists also discovered that the area at the front of the brain known as anterior cingulate was smaller in the brains of conservative thinkers. This area is thought to be responsible for courage and optimism.
Read the Full Story: http://politics.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978854636
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
When I reminisce about college, I don’t think about sitting in an auditorium with 2,000 Intro to Astronomy students or standing in line for quarter beers at Kam’s.
My most vivid college memories aren’t even set at my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They’re set 4,000 miles away in Europe, where I spent my junior year abroad.
That’s where I got to study English literature, in England.
I didn’t just read about the fall of the Berlin Wall; I hopped on a train to Germany and watched it crumble in person.
I hitchhiked from England to the Eiffel Tower for charity, snuck into an opera at La Scala, explored the Louvre and Prado, and toured Dachau’s concentration camp.
I’ve yet to meet one person who studied abroad and wished they hadn’t. (Then again, I’ve never crossed paths with Amanda Knox.) The only regrets I hear are from those who stayed home.
“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” said Bailey Gucinski of Naperville. The 20-year-old junior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., returned home this month after a semester studying marine biology in Australia.
“It really fueled my desire to see what else is out there beyond the United States,” Gucinski said. “It makes you realize how big the world is.”
A recent State Department-funded report says the ranks of those studying abroad dropped slightly in the 2008-09 school year, the most recent data available. This marks the first time the numbers have dipped during the 25 years the Institute of International Education has tracked the information.
The not-for-profit group found that 260,327 U.S. students received college credit abroad during 2008-09, down 0.8 percent from the previous year.
Monday, December 27, 2010
After all the holiday music, I am Feeling Funky....
The cartel and drug violence in Cuidad Juárez has sown fear into residents along the Mexican and U.S. border – an angst that has now spread to college athletics.
It has manifest in, of all places, the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. That's where the Miami Hurricanes will battle the Notre Dame Irish.
The coaches of those teams will not allow their players to cross the border into Cuidad Juárez.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly took his team's passports before they flew to El Paso as a precaution. The Hurricanes didn't bring passports, either, and met with both local law enforcement and the FBI on Sunday shortly after arriving in Texas to further underscore the potential dangers of crossing the border.
Fans from both schools have also been urged to be cautious.
Mexican law enforcement have said more than 3,000 people have been killed there this year alone, and tens of thousands have been murdered since the country's president, Felipe Calderón, attempted an all-out crackdown on the cartels in 2006.
Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/sports/2010/12/27/mexican-violence-casts-fear-college-bowl-game/#ixzz19LNHOKlA
Make no mistake, it's cold and flu season. It's nearly impossible to escape exposure -- but here are the best ways to avoid being struck down.
Echinacea is an antibacterial and antiviral herb that can turn into a healthy brew. Try just three grams a day if you feel sick. A recent study shows three cloves of garlic a day could help fight those nasty ailments. If you don't like the taste, experts recommend mixing it with olive oil and lemon juice and putting it on your salad.
How about ginger? The root can act as an antihistamine and decongestant. One simple tea recipe with ginger, honey, and a hint of lemon and you can help clear nasty congestion. You can't go wrong with olive leaf extract. It is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. By putting only three to five drops in warm water, you can help get rid of a sore throat.
Experts say that no matter what you use as treatment, you should start taking it right away. Viruses duplicate within the first 48 hours of symptoms.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
1. Harvey Mudd College: Mid-career median salary: $126,000 Starting median salary: $68,900
2. Princeton University: Mid-career median salary: $123,000 Starting median salary: $58,900
3. Dartmouth College: Mid-career median salary: $123,000 Starting median salary: $54,100
4. Harvard University: Mid-career median salary: $121,000 Starting median salary: $57,300
5. CalTech: Mid-career median salary: $120,000 Starting median salary: $69,900
See the full list of schools: http://finance.yahoo.com/college-education/article/111664/collges-that-bring-the-highest-paycheck
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The American College Counseling Association recently conducted its annual survey. The survey examined on-campus counseling services including the number of students an average seeking treatment, the number of students afflicted with psychological problems and the availability of counseling services. Some of the findings were downright disheartening.
The ACCA has found in recent years that the number of students with psychological problems has increased. The 2010 survey reaffirmed this trend with 91 percent of campus counseling directors surveyed noticing the trend. In addition, directors have noticed increases in individuals with psychiatric medication issues, self-injury issues and crisis issues requiring immediate response.
Although the number of students with sever psychological problems has increased over the past five years, the number of students taking advantage of counseling and the availability of counseling services has not increased accordingly.
Of the 133 student suicides reported by the campuses surveyed only 13 percent of these individuals were seeking or had sought counseling. The remaining 87 percent had not sought any counseling which raises some important questions and concerns. Why hadn’t these students sought help that they clearly needed? Were they unaware of their campus’ counseling services? Were they too afraid or embarrassed to seek help? Or were the counseling services simply inadequate or unavailable? The survey doesn’t provide answers for all of the questions, but it does provide some clues.
According to the survey, the on-campus counselor to student ratio is 1 to 1,600. The ratios at smaller schools are better, but given the abundance of students with psychological problems it is surprising that the ratio has not changed by much over the past few years (according to the 2008 and 2009 surveys).
The survey also says that 28.6 percent of counseling centers report a waiting list problem during the busy time of the year. Although counselors and directors are doing the best with the services they can provide, these findings just provide more evidence that on-campus counseling services are simply not adequate to handle the number of students seeking them