Tracking the 2015 Nobel Prize Winners

The 2015 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week. Keep track of the winners here as they are revealed.

Physiology or Medicine: Half of this prize was awarded to Youyou Tu, a scientist affiliated with the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. The other half was awarded jointly to William C. Campbell, a biochemist and research fellow emeritus at Drew University, in New Jersey, and Satoshi Omura, a professor emeritus at Kitasato University, in Japan. The three were honored for their discove…


State Student Aid Ticks Up in Latest Survey

Report: “45th Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid”

Organization: National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs

Summary: This survey of aid programs for the 2013-14 academic year found the amount states awarded to students increased by 1.6 percent, adjusted for inflation, to $11.7 billion, compared to $11.2 billion awarded the previous year.

Seventy-five percent of the undergraduate grant aid awarded by states was based fully or partly on need, which was …


Clinton Rips Free-College Proposals as Benefiting ‘Donald Trump’s Kids’

Speaking at a town-hall event in New Hampshire on Monday, the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was “not in favor of making college free for Donald Trump’s kids.”

The remarks, which appeared live on NBC’s Today show, served as a rebuke to both Mr. Trump, the billionaire and Republican presidential candidate, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, her chief rival in the early stages of the quest for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Mr. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermo…


United Negro College Fund Receives $50-Million Gift for Career Development

The Lilly Endowment will donate $50 million to the United Negro College Fund to aid career development at historically black colleges and other colleges with high African-American enrollment, The Washington Post reports.

The money will provide grants for nearly 30 institutions, with intent to build career paths using tailored curriculum, faculty support, and valuable work experiences before graduation. More than 87 institutions will be eligible for the grants.

While the need for career-developme…


U. of Louisville Is Said to Have Plied Basketball Recruits With Wine and Women

A top athletics official at the University of Louisville paid strippers and prostitutes to provide sexual services to prime recruits for the men’s basketball team in hopes of persuading them to enroll, according to a forthcoming book described on Friday in the Indianapolis Business Journal.

The book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, is by Katina Powell, a stripper and escort in Louisville who describes her experiences, citing hundreds of journal entries and thousands of …


Laureate Education Will File for Initial Public Offering and Adopt New Model

Laureate Education Inc., one of the largest for-profit education companies in the world, announced on Friday it would file for an initial public offering. The company also announced it had converted itself into a public-benefit corporation, a model that commits a company to providing public service as well as earning profits.

In a statement on Friday, Laureate said it would be the largest company to become a public-benefit corporation. “For a long time, we didn’t have an easy way to explain the …


Here Are the Best Videos of Arne Duncan Playing Basketball

Arne Duncan, who announced on Friday he was stepping down as education secretary, has been one of the leading voices on higher-education policy for nearly a decade. But much of America most likely knows him not for his views on student-loan servicing but for being the biggest basketball devotee in the U.S. cabinet.

Well, maybe the second-biggest.

Mr. Duncan and President Obama have played pickup basketball together since the 1990s, keeping up the habit throughout Mr. Obama’s presidency. And whil…


Education Secretary Arne Duncan Will Step Down in December

[Last updated (10/2/2015, 2:42 p.m.) with statements about Mr. Duncan's departure.]

Arne Duncan will step down as U.S. secretary of education in December, an Education Department official confirmed on Friday. The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

Mr. Duncan has been a mainstay of President Obama’s cabinet, serving as the White House’s top education official since Mr. Obama took office, in 2009.

In a letter to department staff members, obtained by The Chronicle, Mr. Duncan said he …


Campus Bookstore’s Management Apologizes for Selling ‘Inflate a Date’ Dolls

The organization that manages the bookstore at West Chester University of Pennsylvania has apologized for the sale of male and female “inflate a date” dolls, The Delaware County Daily Times reports. “It was insensitive and contrary to the mission and values of the West Chester University and Student Services, Inc.,” the organization’s director, Donna Snyder, said in an email to students.

Listed on the packaging of both the male and female “perfect specimens” were features like “non-talking,” though only the female doll promised “no headaches,” according to the newspaper.

By the time staff removed the remaining female dolls, there were only four left. The male version had sold out.

WEST CHESTER >> An apology letter was issued Monday from the director of West Chester University’s Sykes Student Services Inc. for the “inappropriate sale of a six-inch ‘inflate-a-date’ doll” at the campus bookstore. The inflatable female and male dolls, from Sensational Inflatables, say to “‘inflate for an instant date.”

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Controversial Official Steps Down From Native American Post at Dartmouth

The recently hired director of Dartmouth College’s Native American program has stepped down amid criticism of what she claimed as her ethnic background and tribal affiliation, reports the Valley News, a Vermont newspaper.

A spokeswoman for the Ivy League college told the News that “the distraction” surrounding the appointment of Susan Taffe Reed “prevents her from effectively serving in this role.” Still, the spokeswoman said, the situation “does not prevent her from contributing to Dartmouth in…