Month: March 2021

White professor sues N.J. college for discrimination, says Black colleagues make more

A white chemistry professor is suing Camden County College alleging racial discrimination after finding out several Black colleagues make significantly more money than him.

In the lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Camden, William T. Lavell, 66, claims that he is paid between $45,000 and $50,000 less than two Black engineering professors despite having similar qualifications and experience.

Lavell, whose address is listed as Annapolis, Maryland, has taught at Camden County College since 1995 and has served in various roles including department chair and interim dean for the Division of Mathematics, Science and Health Careers.

Last September, according

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Andrew Yang Wants Columbia University to Pay for NYC Public Services

Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg

Andrew Yang, the former presidential contender running for New York City mayor, says his alma mater Columbia University is going to have to pitch in to help with the city’s budget. How much money he says he can get may be a stretch.

Yang, a 46-year-old Democrat, wants wealthy universities in the city to pay for services like fire protection and garbage removal. And he wants to scrap a tax subsidy given to Madison Square Garden. Combined, his proposals could raise “in the low hundreds of millions,” he said.

“There are very significant property

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The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

Matthews’ realization shunted her career in a new direction. Leaving her research on drug addiction to one side, in 2013 she went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to join Kay Tye’s laboratory. Tye is a neuroscientist focused on understanding the neural basis of emotion, and she’s also one of the pioneers of optogenetics—a technique that uses genetically engineered proteins inserted into brain cells to give researchers the ability to turn neurons on and off by shining light through fiber-optic cables into the brains of live animals. The approach lets scientists activate regions of the brain in real time and

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Education Dept. Restores Disability Student Loan Debt Relief For Some Borrowers : NPR

Drew Lehman of Lansdale, Pa., became unable to work after a traumatic car accident. He is currently navigating the confusing, bureaucratic process of getting his federal student loans discharged.

/Natalie Piserchio for NPR


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Drew Lehman of Lansdale, Pa., became unable to work after a traumatic car accident. He is currently navigating the confusing, bureaucratic process of getting his federal student loans discharged.

/Natalie Piserchio for NPR

The U.S. Department of Education says it will erase the federal student loan debts of tens of thousands of borrowers who can no longer work because

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Major career milestones to watch for in 2021

Last year, we saw Albert Pujols tie and then pass Willie Mays for fifth-most home runs all-time and Mike Trout reach 300 career home runs to become the Angels’ all-time leader, among various career milestones. With each new baseball season, there are always more milestones to look out for — and 2021 is no exception.

Here is a look at some major milestones on the horizon for 2021 and beyond, along with a breakdown of each player’s chances of getting there this year.

These two milestones were on the list for Cabrera last year, too, but both were long shots

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Becker College latest small private college to close doors

Becker College is joining a growing list of small private liberal arts colleges deciding to close during the pandemic. The college in Worcester, Mass., will wind down operations in August after failing to find a viable path through the pandemic’s financial pressure cooker.

Current Becker students will have the option to transfer to more than a dozen nearby institutions. Some employees may also transfer to nearby colleges and universities. Tuition deposits from admitted students who planned to attend Becker next fall will be refunded.

Like many colleges that have recently closed, Becker was vulnerable before the pandemic. Enrollment declined in

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